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Congregational Conversations

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Congregational Conversations on Inclusion, Diversity, and our Public "Voice".

The Leadership Board recently received a request and a petition for a change in our electronic signage and these conversations are being offered so that we can create safe space for all of us to learn, share and dialogue together as the body of Christ. Each conversation will take place with an outside facilitator and will be done in a respectful manner. Each conversation has a specific focus and will include a brief presentation by the facilitator, some personal stories related to the topic shared by congregation members, time to discuss questions around tables and a closing community building activity The process of these conversations will help the leadership board to listen carefully as they continue to filter the request through our church mission and vision, which guides us on all matters.

The conversations will be held in person in our fellowship hall from 12:30 to 2pm.


The dates are as follows:

Sunday, March 6th 
Topic: Holy Conferencing and how Christians best talk together when we disagree, the petition and the process of these conversations

Sunday, April 3rd   
Topic: Anti Bias/ Anti Racism Education

Sunday, May 1st
Topic: Diversity, Inclusion and Impact Education

Sunday, May 22nd ONLINE ONLY
Topic: How the new Leadership Board and decision making process works

A light lunch will be served from Noon to 12:30pm. Donations to help offset the cost of the lunch are appreciated and can be made during the lunch.

No pre-registration is necessary for either the conversations or for the lunch and lunch will include a gluten-free and vegetarian option.

There will also be an online option for participation in each conversation. Details on the online option are below.

Childcare for young children can be provided if scheduled in advance. Please email Kristen Trachet at Kristen.npchurch@gmail.com at least one week before each conversation if you would like childcare.

As we do in worship, masks are strongly encouraged for those in-person during the conversations.

Finally, as we continue to be a church that seeks to do good and show love, the missions team is inviting those who attend these conversations to bring with them any of the following items, which will be shared with Farmington Cares, our local food pantry.

Items include:
-Canned goods
-Non perishable food
-Sanitary products
-Paper products

Bins will be available in the fellowship hall to collect these items and they will be delivered shortly after each conversation to Farmington Cares.

Video Recordings of Conversations

These will be available within 72 hours of the event.

March 6th, 2022

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April 3rd, 2022

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May 1st, 2022

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Unfortunately, due to technology issues as well as the desire to respect the privacy of individuals sharing personal testimonies, there is no recording of the Sunday, May 1st conversation pertaining to Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact Education. There are resources below if you are passionate about furthering your education on this topic and as always, please message us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for understanding.

May 22nd, 2022

Below are a few documents that will be used for the Congregational Conversations on May 22nd.

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Online Information

To join the conversation online please register with Linda at least three days prior to the event.

Please send her a message below to receive the zoom link.

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Black Lives Matter Resources - Books


  1. How to Be An Anti-racist
  2. White Fragility: Why It Is So Hard for White People to Talk about Race
  3. The 1619 Project
  4. On Juneteeth
  5. The Butler
  6. Letters to My White Male Friends
  7. So You Want to Talk About Race
  8. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
  9. The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation
  10. Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
  11. The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song
  12. The Children
  13. The Fifties
  14. The Hate U Give
  15. Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”
  16. The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird
  18. How I Shed My Skin—Unlearning the  Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
  19. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
  20. The New Jim Crow
  21. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People in America From the Civil War to World War II
  22. Blood Done Sign My Name
  23. Caste: The Origins of Our  Discontents
  24. The Warmth  of  Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
  25. Just Us-An American Conversation
  26. Just Mercy
  27. Negroland :a  Memoir
  28. City of Champions: A History of Triumph and Defeat in Detroit
  29. The Immortal Life of  Henrietta Lacks
  30. The Help
  31. 12 Years a  Slave
  32. Bearing the Cross
  33. Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South
  34. A Promised Land
  35. Becoming
  36. The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate
  37. If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I?: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority
  38.  Together at the Table
  39. Our Strangely Warmed Hearts: Coming Out Into God's Call
  40. Talking About Homosexuality: A Congregational Resource (Holy Conversations)


  1. Ibram X.  Kendi
  2. Robin Diangelo
  3. Nicole Hannah-Jones
  4. Annette Gordon-Reed
  5. Wil Haygood
  6. Dax-Devlon Ross
  7. Ijeoma Oluo
  8. Emmanuel Acho
  9. Peggy W.Kennedy
  10. Henry Louis Gates
  11. Henry Louis Gates
  12. David Halberstam
  13. David Halberstam
  14. Angie Thomas
  15. Nora Zeale Hurston
  16. Anna-Lisa  Cox
  17. Harper Lee
  18. Jim  Grimsley
  19. Craig Steven Wilder
  20. Michelle Alexander
  21. Douglas Blackmon
  22. Timothy Tyson
  23. Isabel Wilkerson
  24. Isabel Wilkerson
  25. Claudia Rankine
  26. Bryan Stevenson
  27. Margo Jefferson
  28. Stefan Szymanski
  29. Rebecca Skloot
  30. Kathryn Stokett
  31. Solomon Northrup
  32. David Garrow
  33. William H. Chafe
  34. Barack Obama
  35. Michelle Obama
  36. Jeannie Gainsburg
  37. Angela N. Parker
  38. Karen Oliveto
  39. Karen Oliveto
  40. Karen Oliveto

Black Lives Matter Resources - Podcasts

  1. Codeswitch
  2. Us and  Them
  3. This American Life
  4. Hidden  Brain
  5. Fresh Air
  6. Detroit Today
  7. 1A
  8. It’s Been a Minute
  9. Story Corps
  10. Politically Re-Active
  11. The United States of Anxiety

Black Lives Matter Resources - Movies

  1. I am Not  Your Negro
  2. The Help
  3. Moonlight
  4. Do the Right Thing
  5. Amistad
  6. Selma
  7. 12 Years a Slave
  8. In the Heat of the Night
  9. Guess Who’s  Coming to Dinner
  10. Crash
  11. Colin in  Black and White
  12. 13th
  13. When They See Us