Jamie Morgan On: Courageous Conversations About Race

18 May

Jamie Morgan, Principal of Morgan & Rushton Consulting, joined us May 15 to discuss the book, Courageous Conversations about Race, by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton. The subtitle for the discussion was “Confronting Our Biases: Why it Matters and Tips for Challenging Implicit Assumptions.” Jamie used an interactive style to engage the group, moving through exploratory conversations on the important topic.  She notes that these conversations often become charged.  Using storytelling and experiential activities, she had participants move around the room to illustrate where one stands on a given, sometimes provocative statement.  Jamie has way of connecting and getting people to open up.

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At the end of a thoughtful and animated talk, she shared slides of her presentation with the group. She explored John Powell’s ideas on the origins of implicit bias. Some reasons she listed why white people avoid talking about race are

1) Fear:  of confronting one’s own internal biases, stereotypes and prejudgment, fear of confronting one’s own guilt and ignorance about others, and fear of introducing a difficult discussion to children

2) Denial: it may be easier to emphasize unity and color-blindness

3) Naivete: a belief that we live in a post-racial society

4) Privilege: the belief that such discussions on race are unnecessary in the context of raising their children.

The dedication for the day was given by Casey Stringham. Casey’s last MomTime meeting was kicked off with a joyous dance around the room, led by the Casey herself.  It was a delightful way to loosen up and enjoy our time together.  Casey, you will be missed!  Bon voyage and good luck to you and your family.

Sponsor Our Own Colfax Relay Team in support of the ADA’s effort in Type 1 Diabetes Research

5 May

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Our MomTime running team Run Like Mothers is participating in the Colfax Relay team running on Sunday, May 17th.  The team consists of Jenn Nutter, Miriam Morrison, Beth Ball, Amy Usalavage, and Linda Beardsley.  We are asking MomTime members to to consider pledging our run.  All donations will be donated to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in honor of Ryan Baer, brother of two MomTime members, Jenn Nutter and Michele Lopez, who lost his life to Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic condition, that often occurs in childhood.

There will be an opportunity at this week’s MomTime meeting to contribute cash donations for the runners, who will then pledge the funds for the Tour de Cure.

Michele Lopez shared a possible life-saving tip about a simple test useful for anyone with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. When feeling stressed or ill, even from something as minor as a cold, there is a simple, quick test to gauge ketones in urine  (urinalysis) that can indicate how serious an illness may become.  She urges us to share that information with any loved ones we know with the chronic condition.  It could save a life.

Please see this link to read more about Ryan.  Also, there is information on how to sponsor the team Ryan’s Riders in the upcoming Colorado Springs Bike Ride ” Tour de Cure” .

The Tour de Cure is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association whose mission it is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Over 29 million adults and children in the US have diabetes and as we now know, it can have fatal consequences. It’s horrible to lose someone you love and we want to do what we can to help prevent other families from feeling that same pain. This fall will be our third year to participate in the ride under the team name Ryan’s Riders. Rider’s commit to raising at least $200 each and riding 10, 30, 60, or 100 miles. We would love more riders on our team if anyone feels compelled, just email Jen Nutter. Click here for more information on the Tour de Cure.

MomTime “Light” Summer Session Begins in June

30 Apr

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We are excited to announce the upcoming details of our Summer Program: Book Club and Playdates!

Check back here soon for full flyer announcement and updates.  Here is scoop on Summertime MomTime:

Join us for alternating MomTime Fun.  There will be a pattern of an indoor Book Club format one meeting followed by outdoor, park playdates the next.

We will be reading All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior. Go to New YorkTimes book review to find out more.

The book club meetings will meet at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church (1980 Dahlia Street, in the Green Room) with childcare available in Room 110, including a light breakfast.  These bookclub style gatherings will be facilitated by MomTime members from 9:15 to 11:15 am. Please note room changes from regular calendar year meetings. Then we will alternate with MomTime rendezvous with children (or without) to get some fresh air and to play in area parks, also meeting from 9:15 t0 11:15. Bring snacks, blankets, sunscreen ready to recreate.

  1. June 12: Book Club- All Joy and No Fun, chapters 1 & 2, facilitated by Heather Weldon
  2. June 26: MomTime Playdate in Mayfair Park (10th and Jersey)
  3. July 10: Book Club-All Joy and No Fun, chapters 3 & 4, led by Francine Mugge
  4. July 24: Playdate in Sunset Park (2nd Avenue and Pontiac, west of Lowry Town Center)
  5. August 7: Book Club-All Joy and No Fun, chapters 5 & 6, facilitated by Jen Schaffer
  6. August 21: Playdate: F-15 Park in Stapleton (28th Avenue and Hanover St)

Dues for Summer MomTime are $15 if attending without children, $30 if bringing kids along.

If you are interested in a faith-based discussion group, you may be interested in attending MomSpirit.  It is a separate, Montview Presbyterian sponsored group.  There is a lot of membership overlap, so you may see many familiar faces. MomSpirit also offers childcare for a fee.  Please contact Kathy Price for more information.

For more information about MomTime summer session, you may contact Heather Weldon or Carrie McConnell.

Join Us!

Gardening 101.

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Our very own MomTime resident landscape architect, Pam Johnston, gave us a thorough introduction on April 20th to gardening in Colorado. Pam runs her own design firm, Bloom Landscape Architecture and Design.

Pam’s detailed presentation can be downloaded here. It outlines planting design, soil, irrigation (or irritation, as Pam likes to call it!), care/maintenance, and container gardening. Pam also gave us an extensive plant list that is useful to bring to a garden center as a reference guide. If you would like a copy of that plant list, please contact Pam directly.

Pam is a wealth of knowledge and would have spent 4 hours talking to us if only we’d had time! Thank you, Pam, for sharing your expertise with us.

Spring Service Project

23 Apr

This semester MomTime is supporting the efforts of Babies of Juarez by collecting formula and diapers. Formula can be powdered, premixed, freebies from the pediatrician’s office, purchased at the store, name-brand, generic, even expired! Diapers can be in various sizes, name-brand, generic, samples, or full boxes.

Why are we collecting these items? The Babies of Juarez organization distributes to women and children in need, who without donations, would spot-clean and reuse a single diaper for up to a week because they can’t afford to buy more; or would succumb to the high infant mortality rate due to malnutrition.

Read more on their website: http://babiesofjuarez.org/

A representative from their organization will come to MomTime on May 1 to tell us more about their efforts in Juarez and to collect the supplies donated by our members. In the meantime, please start stockpiling any samples you receive and/or buy some formula and diapers to bring in May.

If you have any questions, please contact our Service Project Coordinator, Francine Mugge.

“Prayer: The Heart’s Language” on April 3, 2015

15 Apr

Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children and Families at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church facilitated and spoke on the topic of prayer the Good Friday before Easter.  It was an intimate group due to coinciding spring break, according to Beth Ball who took wonderful notes on the day’s discussion.

Mom Time members discuss prayer

Mom Time members discuss prayer

Prayer was explored with a view to reflect on our own honest perspectives and to consider the perspectives of our children. One theme was to think about different forms of prayer from traditional, personal, active, and child-inpired and ways to add prayer in our lives.  The group was encouraged to work on writing and drawing personal prayer with art materials, as pictured above. Sandy stressed the importance principle of “no rules to prayer practice”, adding that we should expand and explore with our own children. One can encourage spontaneity as in singing a little song, saying blessings aloud for those we meet, or while driving, for example, when an an ambulance passes with sirens blaring and lights flashing we can ask our children to join us in blessing those who may be hurt, before meals and bedtime, among other situations.

Sandy used Scripture to open the topic.  On concerning prayer, she read the from Matthew 6: 5-13 (New Revised Standard or NRSV).  Verses 9-13: “Pray then in this way”:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.”

She shared many quotes and meaningful stories from various sources.  Here are some:

  • “I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe…that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple.  Prayer is private, even when we pray with others. It is communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding. Let’s say it is communication from one’s heart to God.” -Anne Lamott from Help, Thanks, Wow
  • “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays” -Soren Kierkegaard
  • “Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them” – Mahalia Jackson
  • “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of  your thankful thoughts.” -Alan Cohen
  • “There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.” – John Wooden
  • “I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.” – Harvey Fierstein
  • “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”  -Mahatma Gandhi

The speaker expanded the discussion to include explaining the Easter story, facing challenges and losses in life, prayers of Supplication (requests), and sin.  On the topic of sin, Sandy explained that the term sin originates from archery, meaning “missing the target”.  We should think of it as making an error, and to encourage children and ourselves to try again.  This concept helps us understand God’s unconditional love.

Sandy also brought up how nature can help kids understand, with certainty, their place in the world.  She gave the example of how amazing trees are able to withstand great adversity in the environment such as great storms, draught, wind, etc, all while staying rooted, much they way we may face adversity and stay rooted in who we are.

The meeting ended with reflective time where members were encouraged to work on writing personal prayers or expanding on a known prayer that has already has meaning to us.  It was a meaningful and thoughtful morning.

Spring 2015, Announcements

26 Mar

MomTime’s Spring Calendar: Mark Your Calendars

  • Run Like Mothers- MomTime’s running moms have formed a team race in the Colfax Marathon on Sunday, May 17. Currently, MomTime has one team, but would welcome more runners.  Thus far, Linda, Miriam, Jen N, Pam, and Chris are running a relay team.  If there is interest, we may form two, maybe three teams.  Up for discussion, is the probable future sponsorship of a charity to help further one mission of MomTime: to help the wider community. Contact Jennifer Nutter for more details.  Come and support the team.  For more information on the race: www.runcolfax.org
  • The Spring Social is Saturday, May 30 at the home of Haley Figueroa.  Book your sitters!  This event is a fun gathering intended for MomTime members and their spouses.  Check your inbox for details via e-vite.
  • Spring Bake Sale is coming.  The date is TBD, most likely a Sunday in May or early June.  Funds will sponsor our Spring Service Project.
  • Summer Camping Trip is August 14-15 at Elk Creek Campgrounds near Grand Lake.  Reserve your spot now. Spaces are limited. Check back here soon for a link.

Ongoing Momtime Events

Mom’s Night Out- orMNO” ( as known by regulars) meets the second Thursday evening of the month, is organized by Miriam Morrison.  Check your inbox for details.

Lunch Bunch is a group of members who meets  midweek the last week of the month at noon. Linda Beardsley is the coordinator for this gathering.

  • Monday, 4/27 Lunch Bunch will meet at Devil’s Food in Wash Park.  See www.devilsfooddenver.com
  • 5/27 is the May date, location tbd

Dad’s Night Out ( “DNO”) is organized by Chris Beardsley.  This group is for spouses of MT members to get together usually on the first Thursday evening of the month.  Please contact Chris: cbeardsley@gmail.com to have your husband added to the distribution list.

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