There are other special events and travel study seminars offered by the church and organizations affiliated with the church.
Dialogue on Racism, Power, and Dominance
The need for dialogue surrounding subjects of race, power, and dominance has never been greater than it is today. On Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, the Presbytery of Santa Fe is hosting an event called “Racism, Power, and Dominance in the US and in Faith Communities.” The event is being held at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The workshop will introduce participants to a working definition of systemic racism and will consider how culture, cultural dominance, and organizations are intentionally and unintentionally complicit in systemic racism. A rationale will be explored for the need to develop within the church a deeper understanding of the historic and legal roots and of the contemporary manifestations of cultural dominance and racism.
Additional information about the event, including registration information, is found at Presbytery of Santa Fe. The registration deadline is March 24.
Travel Study Seminars
Trips are periodically planned to plant olive trees in Palestine and Israel. The last olive planting trip was in February 2016. As part of the trip, olive planters visited the West Bank, Galilee, and Jerusalem. Keep Hope Alive, a peacemaking mission initiated in 2008 by several presbyteries, sponsors the trips. Flyers with further information are available on the table in the lobby. Please contact Jim Brown if you have questions.
The church also sponsors trips to Cuba to visit our sister church in Sagua La Grande, as well as several other churches between Havana and Caibarien, a city on the north central coast of Cuba. The last trip took place in September 2016.
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn from those in other countries. First Presbyterian Church has a People in Mission Fund to help members with some of the expenses for the seminar trips. Please contact Betty Kersting for information.
The 2016 – 2017 study seminars are:
November 1 – 10, 2016
Guatemala and Costa Rica
January 9 – 21, 2017
April 24 – May 6, 2017