Finding Comfort in Discomfort: A Cross-Racial Dialogue on Race and Racism

Registration is now open for St. Matthew’s 11/17 event on “Finding Comfort in Discomfort: A Cross-Racial Dialogue on Race and Racism,” a symposium in collaboration with Otterbein University in Westerville. Register at:

Cherie Bridges Patrick, co-convener of the DSO’s Becoming Beloved Community Task Force along with special guest, Jim Mulholland, (, will engage in a frank discussion during the morning session on the challenges to racial healing.  After a break for lunch there will be two concurrent workshops to choose from to continue the discussion.  The first one, led by Jim Mulholland, is “The Reasonableness of Reparations.”  The second choice is “Who Do We Want in Our Community: Implicit and Explicit Bias in Westerville,” and will be led by local Pastor Vaughn Bell and Otterbein professor Dr. Margaret Koehler.