2020 Race Relations Workshops

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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. 

  • 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.

If you have questions on this workshop, please contact Viviana Cornejo at [email protected].

  • The Blanket Exercise - 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.

If you have questions on this workshop, please contact Viviana Cornejo at [email protected].

  • Native American in MI - A learning celebration - November 19, 2020. 

- More information coming soon!

If you have questions on this workshop, please contact Viviana Cornejo at [email protected].

  • 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.

If you have questions on this workshop, please contact Viviana Cornejo at [email protected].

  • 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 on this workshop, please contact Kendra David at [email protected]

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