What's Next for the Greater Springfield Race & Faith Collaborative?
The Greater Springfield Race & Faith Collaborative, a group started by the City Springfield, the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation, Missouri State University, and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, is working to create city-wide conversations on diversity. Participants in the group represent a variety of faith and community organizations.
The Unity March to the Square and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was just the beginning of a year-long roster of activities aimed at focusing on civil rights.
We intend to begin at the center ... and the center is you. And me. It’s each of us. And it’s everyone you know.
The first quarter will be devoted to self-introspection. What are the questions we should be asking ourselves?
The second quarter will be devoted to promoting a conversation with our family and friends. What are the questions we should be asking our family and friends?
The third quarter will be devoted to promoting a conversation within our places of work, our places of worship, our schools, and other places where we gather. What questions should we be asking each other? What conversations should be occurring in our workplaces, our churches, and our schools?
And the fourth quarter will be devoted to promoting a broader conversation within our community. What questions should we be asking each other on the larger stage? And by just having the conversation, can we change our community for the better?
The Greater Springfield Race & Faith Collaborative does not really know where this conversation will take us. But we are hopeful it will take us on a collective journey.