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Know the history; Understand the Present; Build a More Inclusive Tomorrow 
The Christian season of Lent prompts us to reflect, repent, and prepare ourselves for the death and resurrection of Jesus. This year, Shallowford’s Session invites our congregation to engage in antiracism training throughout the season of Lent. The Apostle Paul described Christ’s primary purpose as, “creating in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and reconciling both groups to God in one body through the cross” (Ephesians 15b-16a). As we seek to reflect on the history of American race relations, repent for the brokenness of racism, and prepare for a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow, let us join together to become better equipped to “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).
Chris Burton, course leader
Chris Burton is the director of equity and inclusion at The Stony Brook School and the founder of Di Baddest Consulting, an anti-racism education agency. Born and educated in Brooklyn, Chris is a writer for himself and others. He is a proud Davidson alum, received his Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University and is back at Union as a Doctor of Ministry candidate. Chris has been podcasting since 2008 and co-hosts a podcast about race, culture, and soul care called CrossStreets. His writing has been featured in Boomshots, The Hill, Unbound, The Sports Fan Journal, and the Human/Kind Journal. Chris writes about Jamaican culture, music, sports, living with lupus and his journey with God. You can find Chris’ writing at www.lupusawhadat.com.
Chris Burton