Here’s what to expect:
Small Group, Facilitated, (virtual) Dialogues, with Fellow Northminster Members and Friends
How to prepare for the Dialogues
Please sign up for one of three sessions.
This Lenten Journey has been powerful for me. The resources the Task Force has identified provides the empowering knowledge one needs to truly have the vocabulary and mindset to recognize and address racism. I found the Implicit Bias assessments especially eye opening; they are allowing me to start addressing racism directly in ME.
One link that stands out for me was finding photos of a 4th grade class at Foster School when I did a couple of clicks into Shorefront Center. I have lived in Evanston for a long time, so knew about the history of Foster School, but I had never seen a photo of the kids before Evanston's integration plan changed their lives. It was a touching moment for me, as I thought about the loss of the school.
The activities have been very interesting and informative. In particular, the video "Before You Call" brought tears to my eyes.
I've really been enjoying the daily opportunity to engage with this content and give thought to issues around race. The system certainly has not been set up in a fair way and this gives fresh perspectives around what should be "done.” I'm an action-oriented person. Perhaps it is a reflection of my whiteness to use my power to do something, but it feels better to do something beyond reflecting.
Again and again Northminster's daily Lenten Journey leads me to read, watch, listen and reflect on stories that remind me of my white privilege, reawaken my awareness of systemic racism, and rekindle my outrage that injustice still pours down on persons of color in this country. Now I can hear the anger, feel the pain, and clearly see my part in it. I cannot turn away again. How then, shall I respond?
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