Bethany Beach church welcomes public to anti-racism workshops


Bethany Beach Christian Church is currently hosting a three-part workshop series on racism awareness. The public is being invited to join in the discussion and learn more on the remaining two Monday-night sessions, continuing March 4 and 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“Our church is very anti-racism,” said Bonnie Rae, moderator. “This is to create awareness of racism and the problems of it how it alienates and separates people. We feel really strongly about it.”

Rae said the church’s minister, the Rev. Chris Hobgood, has done a number of anti-racism workshops and training. His presentation will include discussion and audience participation.

“We did one a couple of years ago. It was very successful with the turnout from the community,” said Rae.

The church took that advice and is offering another three nights of dialogue in the community.

“We like to reach out to everyone,” said Rae. “They’re very welcome, and we encourage them to come. We think it’s a very important issue.”

The age-old problem of prejudice still exists, but the church is aiming to break down barriers by providing information and being more welcoming to all people.

“It’s there,” Rae said of racism, but “the more awareness we can create, the more understanding we can create.”

The three-part series began Feb. 25, with a workshop on the background and history of racism up to World War II.

“America Changes” will be March 4, and “Contemporary Racism” is March 11.

Registration is not required, and the event is free. The community is invited to attend. Cookies and coffee will be served.

For more information, contact Bonnie Rae at sunraesurf@verizon.net. Bethany Beach Christian Church is located on the conference grounds of the Bethany Beach Conference Center in downtown Bethany Beach, in the cinderblock building next to the Bethany Beach playground.