"In the height of racial tensions in our nation's cities, Sac Faces Race will 'intentionally' guide our city into courageous conversations to discuss hidden wounds and lingering barriers along racial and ethnic lines. The weekend's focus is to build relationships that lead to restoration and true healing among diverse groups and to be a catalyst to spawn new cultures of change!"
-Joy Johnson PhD; President Sacramento Area Congregations Together (SacACT) and Pastor; Higher Hope Christian Church
“Any time and any place where bigotry, hatred and the display of violence toward our brothers and sisters can be lessened or eliminated is helpful to any and all communities beyond measure. This event has the potential of doing that in our town. Perhaps a page in Sacramento history will be turned on this day.”
-Jon Fish; President, Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, Leadership; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
“Sacramento Faces Race is not a stationary monument but a dynamic movement that brings out of the shadows, the subject of race and creates a platform where not only dialogue can take place, but real strategies and solutions can be implemented to close the ever growing unacknowledged racial divide in Sacramento and the Nation as a whole.”
-John A. Heath; Executive Director CalCAPA Pastor/Consultant Ministry Advantage
“Sacramento Faces Races gives our Temple Or Rishon the chance to come together and have some important conversations about race relations, disenfranchisement and injustice. My hope is that these conversations spur our community towards understanding and action. We must not stand idly by.”
-Alan Rabishaw; Rabbi, Temple Or Rishon; Chair of Sacramento Area Board of
“SFR offers a platform for us to gain understanding, and to awaken the notion that we are all responsible for one another. This event provides an opportunity for us to open our minds to recognize the erosion of social justice in our country. Further, if we open our eyes, we'll see that we all have within us the ability to become the betterment of society, and if we open our hearts, equal rights will be indisputable.”
-Carol Gunnerson; Cantor, Temple Or Rishon
“Sacramento Faces Race is an opportunity to dialogue with other sincere people about the sensitive topic of the continuing racism in our area and to listen with the heart and to share thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive environment. Sacramento Faces Race can be a springboard for building trust and friendships so that we can develop a more inclusive community that values and respects all its members.”
-Jan Merrill; Placer County Baha’i Community Leader
“When I think about why Sacramento Faces Race is important, I think about how current events are prompting all of us to re-assess & re-evaluate how far we have truthfully come/not come in our beliefs, attitudes, ideologies concerning the matter. Since the Civil Rights Movement, what has happened? What have we learned? Where have we failed? Until the root of bitterness is addressed & removed, we will continue to have to grapple with the issue of race & culture spiritually, politically, economically & socially.”
-Deborah Burney, Reverend, African Methodist Episcopal Church
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