February 07, 2021
Feb. 21-Mar. 28, 2021, consecutive Sundays from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Just Love Lenten Study
Six nights, five topics. Attend one, attend them all; but you do have to register. Just Love is a study to bring light to social justice  issues that have not always had just resolutions or just portrayals in history or the culture. Local stories bring these social justice topics closer to home and offer local ways to become engaged. By learning about the topics and issues that plague recovery, the better equipped we will be as individuals to contribute to just solutions and avoid repeating an often negative past. 

Over the course of six weeks we will examine the lasting impact of Japanese internment during World War II; the generational trauma it and other American atrocities creates in our populace (sessions one and two); and what we can do about it. Week three we focus on human trafficking; week four restorative justice; week five, the criminalization of black girls in school; week six, immigration using performance-based stories. The first session, Feb. 21, is titled, Japanese American Internment: We Must Not Allow History to Repeat. 

Topics for JUST LOVE include: 
  • Japanese Internment (Concentration) Camps and Generational Trauma: How we must not allow history to repeat itself again:  presented by Japanese American leaders and Simpson UMC. February 21 & February 28.
  • Human trafficking: Kara Napolitano, Research and Training Manager, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Denver, CO. March 7.
  • Restorative Justice: Catherine Gunderson, Center for Restorative Youth Justice, Kalispell, MT discusses this growing approach within the criminal justice system. March 14.
  • Push Out - Criminalization of Black Girls in School: A 2021 Mission U presentation by ELCA Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent. March 21.
  • Immigration “Shoebox Stories” presented by Motus Theater, a unique “story-holding” project, where people stand in another person’s shoes by reading aloud their story, saying their words and feeling the weight they carry.  Bishop Karen Oliveto and Superintendent Jeff Rainwater will read Cristian Solano-Córdova’s story.  March 28. 

For more information, contact vitality@mtnskyumc.org

Presented by Mountain Sky Conference / Community Engagement / Mission Team