2014 Holiday Gathering: “Why I Belong To Tyler Together Race Relations Forum”

Tyler Togther held their annual Holiday Gathering on 12/19/2014 at Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity.   15 People attended.

Along with great food and camaraderie the group shared thoughts about the recent Solidarity Rally  and our alliance with the Rally Sponsor, Tyler United.  We also discussed forming some future alliances with Tyler Junior College and others.  We also hear brief updates on preparations for our 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. A discussion of 2015 Goals was deferred til our next meeting.

However, the group spend some time discussing the value of belonging to an organization like TTRRF.  This discussion was prompted by the following article excerpt:


Why I Belong To Tyler Together Race Relations Forum

Relationships are powerful.

Our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change. And building relationships with people from different cultures, often many different cultures, is key in building diverse communities that are powerful enough to achieve significant goals.

Whether you want to make sure your children get a good education, bring quality health care into your communities, or promote economic development, there is a good chance you will need to work with people from several different racial, language, ethnic, or economic groups. And in order to work with people from different cultural groups effectively, you will need to build sturdy and caring relationships based on trust, understanding, and shared goals.


Because trusting relationships are the glue that hold people together as they work on a common problem. As people work on challenging problems, they will have to hang in there together when things get hard. They will have to support each other to stay with an effort, even when it feels discouraging. People will have to resist the efforts of those who use divide-and-conquer techniques–pitting one cultural group against another.

Whether you are Vietnamese, African American, Caucasian Protestant, Irish Catholic, Jewish, or from any other racial, ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic group, you will probably need to establish relationships with people whose group you may know very little about.

Each one of us is like a hub of a wheel.

Each one of us can build relationships and friendships around ourselves that provide us with the necessary strength to achieve community goals. If each person builds a network of diverse and strong relationships, we can come together and solve problems that we have in common.”


(Excerpt from Chapter 27, Section 2.Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures of The Community Toolbox ) http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/culture/cultural-competence/building-relationships/main

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