The Reverend Kristen Harper will speak on the topic, “Preparing for Multiracial Community,” Saturday, December 7, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Harwich.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that the “most segregated hour in America is 11 AM on Sunday mornings.” It is true that, like many other aspects of life in the United States, religious congregations tend to be segregated. This can deprive congregants of a wealth of cultural, historical and religious perspectives that emerge in congregations that enjoy greater racial diversity.

Dr. Harper will discuss actions that can be pursued by congregations seeking to achieve greater diversity. She will also pose questions for audience members to consider in conversation with others in attendance.

Now in her 18th year as pastor of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Dr. Harper was one of the first black women in the Unitarian Universalist ministry called to pastor a predominantly white congregation. She has extensive experience leading multicultural and anti-racism initiatives for youth, young adults and adults.

The talk is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted. All are welcome.

The talk will begin at 2 PM and will be followed by light refreshments and fellowship.

St. Peter’s is at 310 Route 137 in Harwich.

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