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Racial Justice Series

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lessons on Becoming a Better Ally to People of Color

Learning to be a better ally to people of color is essential for effective collaboration.  Being a better ally to people of color means shifting the focus from racial equality to racial justice.  We invite you to this special four-evening series consisting of the following insightful, challenging, honest, and inspiring units:

“Driving While Black/Living While Black”  This session is FULL- there is a waiting list.
This evening will include an educational film and discussion, as well as specific guidelines on how to be a better ally.
Sunday, April 8, 2018; 3:30pm - 7:30pm
repeated on Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 4:30pm - 8:30pm

“More Than February” - This session is FULL- there is a waiting list.
Black History is celebrated each February, but in most communities, it is the same African-American heroes who are recalled and applauded.  In this session, we will look at the history, culture and theology of black folk to deepen our appreciation of yesterday’s heroes and to broaden our perception of today’s struggle for racial justice.
Monday, April 9, 2018; 3:30pm - 7:30pm

“Why haven’t Blacks….”
Eastern Europeans, Asians, and the Irish faced racism when they came  to America; yet they have overcome.  Why haven’t African-Americans?  Could it be systemic racism?  This session will define systemic racism and describe how it has been embedded in U.S. policies and institutions.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018; 3:30pm - 7:30pm

You may opt to attend Sessions I, II, & III    (Sunday through Tuesday); or Sessions II, III, & IV (Monday through Wednesday).  You may also come to just one or two, but, due to the nature  of the content, we ask you to commit to the entire evening and not to arrive late.

Cost of $25 for one evening, $40 for two evenings, and $50 for three evenings includes the evening meal.  The registration process includes a questionnaire for participants.

Joan Crawford is a spiritual director, Ordained Deacon, and Benedictine Oblate at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin.  Joan has worked as a Speech Pathologist and high school administrator in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.  She holds degrees in Speech Pathology (Mundelein College) and Theology (Northern Baptist Theological Seminary).  Her thesis, “A Womanist Approach to Retreat Ministry,” forms the basis for her retreat facilitation.  Joan brings spiritual awareness, insightful humor, and tender seriousness to her presentations.   Her candor, sensitivity, and deep listening will help instill the building blocks for better understanding between the African American and Anglo American communities.

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Driving While Black/Living While Black_Apr 11


Why Haven't Blacks...Apr 10


Driving While Black Apr 11 & Why Haven't Blacks...Apr 10

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