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In Solidarity: Working for Racial Justice in Solidarity with the Black Community- Overnight Workshop

In this workshop, participants will learn the “truths” that highlight differences between Black and White cultures and as such, help White folk avoid making false assumptions and unintentional microaggressions towards Black folk. Guided by faith and framed by personal experience, participants will be encouraged to engage spiritually and emotionally as they connect newly informed historical and cultural insights to anti-racism efforts.

The retreat consists of multimedia presentations, discussions, personal reflection, movie viewing, prayer, and conversation. Throughout the retreat you will deepen your understanding of American history and the African American experience while also learning how to employ anti-racism strategies and build authentic relationships.

Driving While Black—Living While Black
Perspectives on Race and Racism

Learn some of the ways African Americans experience and cope with racism on a daily-basis, from unintentional personal insults to the life altering consequences of systemic racism. Participants will be challenged to shift their perspectives on race by gaining a deeper understanding of implicit bias, white privilege, and white fragility.

Racism? I Am Not Racist
Systemic Racism

You may not be racist but if you are not working to dismantle systemic racism you are contributing to the injustice. Martin Luther King, Jr., said it best, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

Please, Don’t Touch My Hair
Strategies for Advocacy, Allyship, and Solidarity

This unit combines tools to improve communication with strategies to address individual and systemic racism. Attention will be given to skill-building around authentic communication, progressive cooperation, and mutual trust.

More Than February
African American History, Culture, and Spirituality

Black History is celebrated each February, but often the same Black s/heroes are recalled. To gain a better understanding of African American history and the cultural distinctives that emanate from that history, participants will explore Black music, visual art, literature, and spirituality.

Much More Than February, Amen!

We will take a deeper look at African American Spirituality and Womanist Theology. The day will include a brief history of Gospel music, the life and legacy of Howard Thurman, and Visio Divina using the sacred art of Kehinde Wiley.

Thursday, April 29 to Saturday, May 1, 2021
9:00am on Thursday through the mid-day meal on Saturday
This weekend retreat will cover the above topics in an expanded fashion. Cost of $255 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals. Commuter rate available.

This program is supported by the following collaborators: Racine Dominicans, Dominican Center for Justice Resources, Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) and Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH).

Funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Joan Crawford is a spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and Benedictine Oblate. With a background in educational administration, theology, spirituality, and spiritual guidance, Joan’s inclusive vision, 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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In Solidarity - Overnight Workshop

$55.00 deposit required
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