On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church hosted our first event supported by the New Wineskin Events Grant called Authentic Diversity. Authentic Diversity was an online event in partnership with Rhonda Hill of Race and Faith, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining, and the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Fifty registrants gathered for just over three hours. We began with a grounding worship service. We then learned about the difference between working as an “actor,” an “ally,” or an “accomplice” in racial justice work. We spent time in small groups digesting what we were learning and ended the day with a panel that included local activists, political leaders, and clergy. All in all, it was a great day and was appreciated by all involved.
Thank you to the Finance Committee and the New Wineskins grant for making it possible. We will begin planning our next event in the coming months.