Save the dates! Here's a list of scheduled Race Relations workshops coming up in 2020. All workshops will be held at the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, MI unless otherwise stated.
Cultural Intelligence Building - March 26, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This one-day workshop focuses on concrete skills to improve our ability to act and react in positive ways across cultural lines. Through carefully tailored interactive exercises, participants become aware of their personal life-long journey in Cultural Intelligence, as they build their own capacity to improve their CQ over time.
RACISM: Looking Back. Moving Forward - May 14 to 15 and October 15 to 16, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During two days, participants will learn about the foundation of racism and whiteness by putting together a timeline that helps to see how racism was instituted. The workshop is divided into three sessions: Biblical Foundation, History of Racism, and Lament.
The Blanket Exercise - April 16 and September 17, 2020 (Time TBA)
It is a participatory 90-minutes workshop that literally walks participants through the history of relationships between European and Indigenous nations, from the perspective of Native Americans. The Blanket Exercise has been done in schools, congregations, and community centers, where participants from 10 years old and up can participate.
Native American in MI - A learning celebration - November 19, 2020. More information coming soon!
History of Whiteness - (Date and Location TBA)
The concept of whiteness has been part of the daily life of American society since its beginning. This artificial racial categorization feels “normal,” and is therefore seldom questioned. This ideology has contributed to division, pain, and trauma. The presentation lasts two hours.
Church Between Borders – (Date and Location TBA)
This one-day workshop is about how churches can be (1) welcoming presence for immigrants, (2) how churches can help in the struggles immigrants face when they are not able to get documentation for living in the United States, and (3) how churches have the awesome ability to transform that struggle by acting with justice and mercy.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Viviana Cornejo at [email protected].