01/26/2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Children's Chapel
Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to reform/refuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. This year participants will have a chance to attend the kick-off retreat facilitated by the Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Linda Russell (to be held Friday evening January 26 and all day Saturday, January 27).
Each session poses questions that connect with both the sources of inspiration as well as the challenges of race/ethnicity that slow our human journey toward wholeness. As such, the curriculum differs from many approaches to anti-racism/multicultural work in that it frames the discussion not only in terms of demographic urgency or cultural critiques (both of which are useful to understand!) but how developing skills and the habits of an anti-racist mind helps everyone—those in dominant groups as well as those who are targets of oppression—heal from the wounds of racism.
Following the opening retreat, participants will engage in 2-hour sessions covering the following topics:
- The Footprint of Racial & Ethnic History in Your Community
- Exploring the Dynamic of Racism & Privilege
- Racism Today: Micro-Aggressions
- Interrupting Racism
- Community Audit: The Experience of Race and Ethnicity in your Community
- The Legacy of Racism
- Toward a New Identity: How Can We Be-in-the-World?
- Collecting Our Wisdom: A Celebration of Learning and Commitment
Facilitators: Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Linda Russell
Retreat Date: Friday, January 26 (evening) and Saturday, January 27 (8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.)
Dates: Sundays, Feb. 11, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, and May 6
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Children’s Chapel