VGCC Events

The Southeastern Association is sponsoring a Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER) 8-part workshop. Beginning May 5.

Race is not Real. Race does not exist biologically nor anthropologically, neither is there any reference to race in the 66 canonized books of the Bible. Race is neither scientific nor sacred. Race is an artificial social construct, and it serves a social function.

Racism is Real. “Racism originates from the unholy belief that there are human groups with particular social and physical characteristics that make them superior or inferior to another human group.” – Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

You are invited to begin a restorative justice journey with Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER). Come join this essential eight-week study beginning May 5 at Vista Grande UCC, 5460 N. Union Blvd. in Colorado Springs, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Phase One is an eight-part series which uncovers the history that is foundational to how race categories were constructed, who constructed and sanctioned race as a model for American society, and what role the Christian church played in supporting the division of humanity by skin color categories as a means for instituting global colonialism and imperialism.

**Please note that this study is a much more extensive and comprehensive program than that of the “White Privilege Curriculum.” You do not need to have participated in that study to participate in SC2ER.

For additional information or to register, please contact Rev. Clare Twomey at This is a free event. You are asked only to bring an open mind and a willingness to be in honest conversation.

Racism is a philosophy based on contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission.” — MLK, Jr.

A World Full of Neighbors: Conversations to Heal Divides

Experience a simple yet powerful method of conversation that values relationship over issue in three discussion sessions.

Connect and network with others who want to heal the partisan divide.

Become a champion for understanding in your own life and communities with simple, actionable skills and tools.

…all the while being rejuvenated by 365 acres of serene pine forest, including hiking trails, a meditation labyrinth, swimming pool, and more!

This brand new event is a collaboration of La Foret and Living Room Conversations, both established non-profits seeking to make a positive impact on the world.

It’s just around the corner and space is limited. Register today!

When: June 28th 7pm to June 30th 1pm
Where: La Foret Conference & Retreat Center. 6145 Shoup Rd. Colorado Springs
Cost: $270 – All Inclusive Retreat. $95 – Off Site Accommodations.
Out of your budget? We can help! Group rates, student rates, and more are available. Email me,, for pricing options.

This is a non-partisan event and ALL are welcome!