Still time to register for JUST LOVE!
Feb. 21-Mar. 28, 2021, consecutive Sundays from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Just Love Lenten Study
Watch this … to set the context for the first study (from Vimeo)
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.
Omoiyari - A Japanese word that means to have sympathy and compassion towards another person. A universal concept in human interaction that is required for a sustainable society.
In Omoiyari: a Song Film by Kishi Bashi, internationally acclaimed composer and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi (professionally known as "Kishi Bashi") embarks on a personal quest by creating his music in locations relevant to the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII. It is on this journey in which Kishi Bashi comes to terms with his own identity, and uncovers a myriad of social justice issues that have gripping modern relevance. ‘Omoiyari’ is a genre breaking, artistic exploration that fuses history, music, and the complexities of the human condition.
Omoiyari: A Song Film by Kishi Bashi
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.
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Presented by Mountain Sky Conference / Community Engagement / Mission Team