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Ex Fabula: Driving While Black

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Rochelle Fritsch sharing a story.

Football season may be over for Wisconsin but Ex Fabula is just warming up. We have two very special events happening this week and we look forward to seeing and hearing from many of you as our goal is, always, to get the community talking.

On Monday Jan. 25, we’re holding our second Secret Fabula of the season. This members-only event will celebrate all the things going on at Turner Hall – from athletics to social justice, romance to rock ‘n roll. Come just to listen – or maybe even share your story by writing an UltraShort to be read by the emcee. We will have tours of Historic Turner Hall, a Scavenger Hunt, snacks and beverages, and of course, true, personal stories. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with some real Milwaukee Turners and learn what their organization and their fellowship is really all about.

After a fun night at Turner Hall, join us Tuesday Jan 26 for our third event in our fellowship series on privilege and oppression. This month we are joining the Zeidler Community Conversation Series: "The Welcoming Church: Race in our Faith Communities." Ex Fabula Fellows are community members who use the art of storytelling to explore challenging topics and inspire meaningful dialogue. Our goal is to leverage personal stories to inspire community-led dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area–segregation, economic and racial inequality. This is a facilitated listening session about extending welcome in our faith communities, specifically across racial lines. Individuals of all faiths are welcome to attend. The event will include a few true, personal stories followed by facilitated, small group dialogue.

Along the topic of privilege and oppression, this week we are featuring a story by Rochelle Fritsch who shares the feelings of panic, sadness, anger and fear that she felt after getting lost driving in the suburbs with her daughter one summer afternoon. It wasn’t Rochelle’s (a black woman) first time getting lost in the suburbs and the memories of her last detour weigh heavily on her mind. Does she share her concerns with her daughter?

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