Covenant, The Park will hold small group

A six-week discussion on race, friendship

Where and when: Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.; The Park, Independence Campus – June 1, 8 and 15; Covenant Fellowship Hall June 22, 29, July 6 or 13  

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To learn more: Please click here to contact Ariel Gritter, Covenant member and co-facilitator.

Covenant and The Park Church will co-host a six-week summer small group focused on scripture, prayer, friendship and discussion of the book Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

Our two churches know each other well, having partnered for worship, fellowship and inquiry on many occasions. Last summer, an eight-week Bible study (photo below) helped participants grow in relationships across racial and social boundaries. The group met during a time of heightened racial tension stemming from police shootings around the nation.

"In an atmosphere of grace, we said out loud what we’d inwardly pondered about each other's race for some time," said Joy Williams, a member of The Park. "What started as curiosity for some and enthusiasm for others, turned into a tremendous blessing for us all."

The book Same Kind of Different as Me tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two men of vastly different upbringings. Denver grew up as a modern-day slave on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1960s. Ron is an international art dealer who travels in elite New York social circles. A movie adaptation of the book, slated for release in October, stars Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Renee Zellweger.

Our six gatherings will follow a conversation guide written for the book. Each conversation includes a biblical lesson. No experience or expertise is needed - just a willing heart and an open mind.