Opt In Past Opportunities

Initial Conversation
Opt-In: Engaging Faith for Racial Justice
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Davenport Center
This initial gathering called all members of the Foundry community together for a conversation for a conversation on the social injustices taking place in our nation today. This was a time of prayer, conversation, and discernment to determine how Foundry will respond and take the next faithful step. Twitter/Facebook: #OptIn #OptIn4RacialJustice #OptInFUMC


Vigil for Justice
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Location: Outside Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, along 16th Street NW
Foundry joined with congregations from across Washington, DC to hold a vigil along 16th NW. The vigil and luminary lighting were a promise by faith communities to remain engaged and active in seeking justice around issues of racial violence and discrimination in our communities.


Greater Washington District Meeting on Race
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Location: Capitol Hill United Methodist Church -- 421 Seward Square SE
Rev. Dr. Joseph Daniels facilitated a discussion with all lay and clergy who were interested in racial reconciliation and changing systems of racial oppression for an initial time of dialogue and planning. The district will begin working on how we leverage the power that is within the 66 churches plus other organizations within the Greater Washington District to bring about systemic change in hearts and processes (e.g., legal, educational, etc.).


"Selma" - Theology on Film
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:15 PM
Location: Gallery Place Movie Theater -- 701 7th Street NW
Laity and clergy from both Asbury and Foundry gathered to watch the movie "Selma" and engage in conversation afterwards (across the street from the theater at the National Portrait Gallery atrium - 7th & G St NW). The group reflected on current events in comparison to events taking place in the 1960s and the theological tones/actions in the film. We also discussed faithful responses to injustice and racism in society today.


Adult Education Asbury/Foundry Joint Initiative
Racial History of the United Methodist Church
Bishop Forrest Stith, Presenter
Sunday, February 15 at 12:45‐2:00 PM
Location: Asbury Church – 926 11th Street, NW, G‐1
Bishop Forrest Stith will present and lead a discussion on the racial history of the United Methodist Church, providing context for Foundry and Asbury's history. He will discuss the creation of the Washington Conference in 1864; the 1939 merger of the Northern and Southern branches of the Methodist church and the creation of the Central Jurisdiction; and the 1968 merger of the Methodist Church with the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the abolition of the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction. All are invited.


Youth Education Asbury/Foundry Joint Initiative
Youth Discussion on Race
Don Hauprich, Presenter
Sunday, March 8 at 12:45-1:45 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Parlor
Video and discussion led by Don Hauprich, District Youth Coordinator of the BWC on early beginning of Foundry and Asbury.


Youth Education Asbury/Foundry Joint Initiative
Youth Service Project – Race and the Prison System
Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Davenport
Asbury and Foundry youth will pack books to send to prisoners with the Books to Prison ministry. The youth will also learn about and discuss the racial disparities in the prison system and how it directly impacts their generation.


Adult Education Asbury/Foundry Joint Initiative
Documentary on Foundry and Asbury’s Beginnings
Larry Slagle, Kelvin Childs & Suzanne Forsyth, Presenters
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:45‐2:00 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Fellowship Hall
A 25‐minute documentary on Foundry and Asbury's common beginnings by United Methodist church videographer, John Coleman; on the role race has played in our history. Follow up discussion by Larry Slagle of Foundry and Kelvin Childs of Asbury on the 1835 Snow Riots and the 1848 escape on the Pearl. Small‐group discussion about what contemporary congregations can do to heal the sins of racism and discrimination in the church.


Opt-In for Racial Justice
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Location: Wesley Seminary -- 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Oxnam Chapel
The Institute for Community Engagement at Wesley Downtown is convening Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race, a panel discussion to help faith communities explore fruitful ways of moving forward. Panelists include our District Superintendent The Rev. Dr. Joe Daniels and Foundry member Michel Martin. The panel will be moderated by Mike McCurry. RSVP to events@wesleyseminary.edu by March 12.  


Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations About Race
Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., Rev. Dr. F. Douglass Powe Jr., Michel Martin, Rev. Tom Berlin, Ronald C. Machen Jr., Panelists
Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Oxnam Chapel at Wesley Theological Seminary -- 4500 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Now that Ferguson has fallen from the headlines, will America miss yet another opportunity to talk about race? What is the role of the church in making sure the dream never dies and that hope is kept alive? Wesley Theological Seminary is convening a panel to examine theologically and strategically race relations in the United States. This conversation will help faith communities explore fruitful ways of moving forward.  Please join us in this first step in a process of engaging faith communities around racial issues. RSVP to events@wesleyseminary.edu by March 12.


Asbury and Foundry Pulpit Exchange
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 8:30 and 10:30 AM (Asbury); 9:30 and 11:00 AM (Foundry)
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street & Asbury Church – 926 11th Street, NW
On this day, Asbury’s Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills, will preach at both of Foundry’s worship services, while our Senior Pastor, Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli will preach at both of Asbury’s worship services. Both pastors will be preaching from the same text, expounding the Word in the context of the relationship between our two churches. This relationship has included both the gift of a shared history and denominational family AND the painful effects of the sin of racism in the church and society. We give thanks for the ongoing work of reconciliation and reconnection between our congregations. Folks are encouraged to participate in the service and fellowship at both churches on this historic day.


Reflections from Selma: The Conversation Continues
Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Davenport
Join Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman as he shares his experience of marching in Selma, Alabama in the 1960s. Rev. Dr. Wogaman will help us continue the conversation on race, faith, and next steps in the journey towards justice.


Opt-in: Deeper Engagement in DC Communities
Sunday, May 31 at 12:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Davenport
Join us for Peace with Justice Sunday as we discuss routes of deeper engagement in our DC communities. We’ll hear from neighboring UMCs about the challenges faced by their communities and ways Foundry can stand alongside them. We will look police violence, school challenges, and the effects of a rapidly changing urban landscape.


Today's Intersections: Race, Sexuality, and Privilege
Sunday, June 21 at 12:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Parlor
Chett Pritchett, the Executive Director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), will facilitate a conversation on the intersections of race and LGBTQ issues. Racism is a noted concern in LGBTQ communities. This conversation will help us discuss the areas of tension and how to work as allies for justice in all areas of injustice and inequality.  


Brighter Day UMC Summer Camp
Foundry will be working with Brighter Day UMC to support the Summer Camp for kids in Wards 7 & 8. We will look to provide scholarships for attendees and you are invited to contribute to the effort - 1 child cost $99 per-week and there are four weeks of camp. If you have time to volunteer/teach, or if you want to help rent a van for the camp, contact Pastor Ben for more details: broberts@foundryumc.org.


Opt In Worship Service for Racial Justice
Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW, Chapel
The service will include a litany by Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  This litany was used on September 2, 2015 at the Black Methodist Coalition’s “Liberty And Justice For All” worship service at John Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Washington, DC.  At that service, congregations were invited to use the litany as they continue to engage in awareness raising and advocacy for racial justice. T.C. Morrow, Foundry member and certified candidate for Deacon in the UMC, will be delivering a sermon to be submitted to the Board of Ordained Ministry.  


Push for Affordable Housing; Worship & Rally
Sunday, September 20 at 3 PM
Location: A.P Shaw Campus -- 2525 12th Place, SE
Join our sisters and brothers from Brighter Day and Metropolitan UMCs for this worship and rally at the A.P Shaw Campus. The Mayor has been invited, come help us push the affordable housing units at Parkway Overlook forward. We need your voice. 


Opt-in: “Inside Out”
Sunday, October 25 at 12:30 PM
Location: Foundry Church -- 1500 16th Street, NW
"Inside Out" is documentary of a photography program at DC's Lorton Prison at the start of Mass Incarceration practices in the 80's. Join us for a viewing and discussion.


Racial Justice and Reconciliation Actions
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Good Hope Union UMC - 14680 Good Hope Road Silver Spring, MD 20905
We have spent time talking about issues that matter most as we seek to change hearts and systems so racial justice becomes a reality. We have had safe conversations on tough topics. We have made personal and congregational commitments and have even learned a thing or two. This month's Racial Justice and Reconcilation gathering will be focused on taking action by joining with others in projects that make a difference.

National Museum of African-American History and Culture: Visit and Discussion
November 20, 2017
In small groups, please visit the museum at your leisure from September to November. While exploring the new museum, refer to the questions below and create a record of your feelings and responses. The Foundry community will reconvene November 20 to discuss some of these questions and more in a moderated discussion.
We have a limited number of tickets available for the 6th or 13th of November (one left each as of 10/18).
Use this attachment as a resource for reflection during your visit.

Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival
October 15, 2017
The Racial Justice Ministry Team joined the Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Justice. The festival featured DC Black Lives Matter Co-Director and CEO of Unchained, LLC, Erika Totten, and filmmaker Katrina Browne, producer of "Trace of Trade," an acclaimed PBS documentary. Ms. Totten and Ms. Browne engaged in a keynote dialogue and facilitate workshops about racial awareness and healing.

Foundry's Scholar-in-Residence Ministry
February 13, April 9, August 27, November 12, 2016
All sessions held from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
This inaugural, four-part series designed for deep spiritual and theological thinking is an active response to Foundry's "Opt-In" Racial Justice emphasis. This year's Scholar-in-Residence is Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, Dean of Religion and Culture at the Howard University School of Divinity. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in each of these important Saturday morning sessions. For more information, click here. 

The Birth of Hidden Fences in the Moonlight: A discussion of Blackness in 2016 films and this year's Oscars
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 12:45-2 pm
Members of Foundry's Racial Justice Ministry Team will host a facilitated discussion about the various portrayals of Blackness in film from 2016. We will also discuss the role of these films in expanding the diversity of movies recognized for Oscar nominations this year, creating the hashtag #OscarSoBlack following last year's #OscarSoWhite controversy.
Go see one or more of the films and utilize the resources below for reflection before discussion.