Howard County Faith Communities present: 

Courageous Conversations 

about Race and Religious Bias 


In Courageous Conversations, we will learn from one another and hear each other’s perspectives about how we are living together in our experiences of race and religious bias. Our overarching theme this year is the question “How do we work towards creating a connected community of different people rather than a community that lets different people in?” 


The purpose of these conversations is not to persuade, debate, or convince one another of our positions, but to make space for each of us to be heard and to learn about one another, including areas in which we might disagree or hold different views.


This project is a continuation and expansion of Courageous Conversations that were held last year. All are welcome, regardless of whether you participated last year, and regardless of faith affiliation (including no faith affiliation at all). 


 For the second year, Essential Partners will provide curriculum development along with training for the facilitators for this year's conversation circles. Essential Partners works to improve individuals' skills in facilitating challenging conversations.  Find out more on their website:



The small discussion circles will include members of over a dozen faith communities and other interested community members. Participants will be assigned to one of the following 4 locations.

St John Baptist Church 

Beth Shalom Congregation 

Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints




The conversation circles are 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm: 

February 4, 2020

February 11, 2020

February 18, 2020

February 25, 2020

Howard County Faith Communities | Essential Partners