“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed
until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
The conversation about race is difficult and complex.There are many takes, many sides and much heated debate.The recent (and past) killings, protests, and violence are showing us that we must learn to talk openly and deeply about race.The Center for Congregations invites you to join the conversation to learn and to lead your congregation into a better future.
Learn and Lead means you will receive education on this topic and also gain tools to take next steps to lead your congregation in healthy change. This particular Learn and Lead series, Race to Justice, will help you understand the ways racism manifests in our culture and provide practical ways that you can apply the knowledge in your personal and public life and in the life of your congregation.
The Race to Justice series is led by subject matter expert on race and racism Dr. Michael R. Twyman. The workshops are live online and are free.
Each session’s subject matter may seem general in nature at first glance, but will be specifically targeted to congregations. It is beneficial to you to attend all five events, but it is not necessary to attend them all to benefit from the information.
Race is Fake; Racism is Real (Learn and Lead: Race to Justice #1)
In session one, you will learn the underlying definitions and distinctions between race and racism. You will also learn how racism shows up in various personal and societal ways.
Date and time: 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, September 17, 2020
Systemic Racism: It Works the Way it was Designed (Learn and Lead: Race to Justice #2)
Session two will help you understand what systemic racism is. You will learn why it is so complex and thus difficult to address.
Date and time: 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, October 1, 2020
Institutional Racism: Everywhere, Except my Congregation (Learn and Lead: Race to Justice #3)
Session three explores how racism can be built into institutions and cultures even in spite of the good intentions of the members of those institutions and cultures. You will learn how this has happened and how to work to address it.
Date and time: 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, October 15, 2020
Interpersonal Racism: I Don’t See Color . . . (Learn and Lead: Race to Justice #4)
Racism is not only a social and institutional problem, it is an individual problem. In session four, you will see how interpersonal racism is expressed both consciously and often unconsciously.
Date and time: 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, October 29, 2020
Racial Justice: I’m Not a Racist (Learn and Lead: Race to Justice #5)
Session five will help you understand what racial justice means and how your congregation can be part of supporting equity for all.
Date and time: 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, November 12, 2020