Grace & Groundings
Grace & Groundings is Ohio Conference’s resource team focusing on racial reconciliation.
This resource team has six members:
- Greg Battle, Lee Heights Community Church
- Greg Bowman, Harrisonburg, Virginia, formerly of Midway Mennonite Church
- Kevin Himes, Salem Mennonite Church, Kidron
- Vikki Pruitte-Sorrells, Lee Heights Community Church
- Doug Zehr, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville
- Alysa Short, coordinator of volunteers, Central Mennonite Church
Resources for racial reconciliation
The Grace & Groundings team has compiled a list of resources for working at racial reconciliation. Please download a copy of this list and use these resources: Racial Reconciliation Resource List
Social Justice Sunday resources
Grace & Groundings, Ohio Conference’s racial reconciliation resource team, is inviting all Ohio Conference churches to set aside Sunday, June 18, as Social Justice Sunday, in recognition of Juneteenth the following day. (If June 18 does not work well for your congregation, please consider setting aside a different Sunday as Social Justice Sunday.) The theme for this year’s Sunday is race as it relates to freedom. The team has prepared worship planning resources to help guide your planning. May these be helpful as you and your congregation learn, reflect and act in relation to racial reconciliation.
Foundations for Justice
This training series is led by Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism Coordinator at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This training is required for all Ohio Conference staff and those holding volunteer positions with the Conference. We strongly recommend the training for all our credentialed ministers, and it is open to anyone from an Ohio Conference congregation. (Please note: A password is required to access the video recordings of this training. If you would like to view the videos, please contact Judy King at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the password.)
Series on Solidarity
A group of Ohio Conference congregations from Wayne County has joined together to create a video series focused on intercultural ministry and racial reconciliation. Series on Solidarity is a six-part series of videos and accompanying questions for small group discussions. The goal of this series is to facilitate understanding and to promote the equality of all people. The Ohio Conference supported this project with a ministry grant in 2020.
Questions for discussion are included in the Series on Solidarity Discussion Guide.