Monday, December 6th, 2021
This series is designed to help participants understand the historic creation, preservation, and personal and institutional effects of a society built upon ideas of racial difference, which in turn support an unjust, racially based hierarchy. Completion of all 5 workshops over 2 years meets the initial
clergy requirement for anti-racism education. For more information on the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission, or to register for upcoming workshops, visit ARC online at diopa.org/racialjustice or email the Anti-Racism Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All workshops are from 9 am to noon on Zoom. Click on the hyperlinks below to register.
The first in ARC’s five-part series, this one-time prerequisite seminar explores the multi-layered manifestations of systemic racism. After taking the introduction, the rest of the workshops can be taken in any order.
2. Racism and History: March 26
Explores the ways in which systemic racism was created over time through laws, policies and practices.
3. Racism and Institutions: July 30
Explores the ways in which racism manifests in America’s educational, employment, entertainment, finance, healthcare, housing, justice, mass media, and religious institutions.
4. Racism and Identity: September 24
Explores how systemic racism informs our personal identity, behaviors and outcomes.
5. Racism and Active Accountability: October 29
Challenges us to think about the ways in which we can be actively accountable for identifying, resisting, and responding to the racism that shows up in our lives and the institutions.
About the Facilitator: Lailah Dunbar-Keeys, M.S. M.Ed.
Lailah Dunbar-Keeys is an educator, author, and spiritual life coach who integrates social science and spirituality to affect transformational change. She has taught sociology and African American Studies at the college level for over eighteen years at Temple University and the Community College of Philadelphia. She was also part of the team of educators who wrote the mandatory African American Studies curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia.
The Anti-Racism Commission was created by diocesan convention resolution in 2005 with the mandate “to affect the systemic and institutional transformation in the diocese away from the sin of racism and toward the fulfillment of the Gospel and the baptismal mandate to ‘strive for justice and respect the dignity of all persons.”
Consisting of 12 members, a mix of clergy and lay and persons of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the commission aims to increase awareness of the history and legacy of racism in our country and to engage members of the diocese in dismantling its effects.
To learn more about how ARC can help your parish engage in the work of racial justice and repair, contact the Rev. Barbara Ballenger (email@example.com) or the Rev. Ernie Galaz (firstname.lastname@example.org), ARC co-chairs.