‘Courageous Conversations’ Tackle Race and Religious Bias


A coalition of Howard County faith communities is joining together again this year to engage the community in a series of frank conversations about race and religious bias through four weekly workshops held simultaneously at a synagogue, mosque and church.

Called “Courageous Conversations,” the series runs Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., March 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9 at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center in Ellicott City and at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia.

A closing event is set for April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church with keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-District 7).

The series’ purpose, according to organizers, is “not to persuade, debate or convince” people about each other’s beliefs or positions, but “to make space for each of us to be heard and to learn about one another, including areas in which we might disagree.”

The workshops consist of small discussion circles with people from more than a dozen Howard County faith communities and interested community members. Participants will be assigned to one of the program locations.

For more information or to register, visit hococourageousconversations.com.


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