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June 28 - July 04
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    Virtual Conversations on Systemic Racism

    2:00 PM-3:30 PM
    June 28, 2020

    Join the ASDIC (Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities as we respond to this historical moment.

    In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.

    With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations over the summer. We will be on Zoom with a short breakout session after each conversation.

    There is no fee for these workshops, but your tax-deductible donation will allow us to continue to offer ASDIC’s unique antiracism trainings in our community and beyond. Suggested donation in support of this programming is $5 per session. Donate here.

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    Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve

    7:00 PM-8:30 PM
    June 30, 2020

    A new webinar series to expand racial justice awareness, “Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve,” launches June 30, from 7:00-8:30 pm. This first of several webinars will feature Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ, who will talk on “Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond.”

    Registration is required for this and all webinars in the series. REGISTER HERE.

    Rev. Blackmon’s leadership and ministry in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly six years ago is well known. She has since become a leading national voice in the struggle for racial justice, and has toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech to declare the need for a moral revival in the United States.

    Several other webinars are currently being planned; details will be announced as they are finalized.  They will include:

    • In July, explore the theological and scriptural basis of the struggle for racial justice with Rev. Gary Green and Rev. Dr. Justin Tabia-Sanis, faculty at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

    • August 6, 7:00-8:30 pm: “Youth Lead Now: Equipping Young Leaders for Social Change”. Our guest speaker will be Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018 and leader in the March for Our Lives movement that emerged from that horrific event. REGISTER HERE

    • Examining racial terrorism in our own Minnesota history. We will revisit the injustices done to indigenous peoples in Minnesota as well as the lynchings of 3 black men in Duluth in 1920.

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    Contemplative Prayer Gathering

    8:00 AM
    July 1, 2020
    All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
    If you have anyone in your heart for whom you would like to request a prayer, please use this form before 7 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session to submit your request. Prayer requests will be accepted on a first-requested, first-offered basis until capacity (still being determined) is met for our available time. Please be brief in the wording of your requests. Please contact Scott Campbell for more information.

    Think Like a Lawyer, Act Like a Chaplain

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    July 1, 2020

    This series shows how religious freedom law and policies have been weaponized and how chaplains can be agents of resistance.

    Think Like a Lawyer, Act Like a Chaplain was first presented as a four-hour workshop in 2019 at the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) annual conference. The purpose of this online, four-part series is to offer spiritual care professionals and students an opportunity to look at how weaponizing religious freedom may negatively impact our abilities to offer spiritual care in health care settings, as well as ways to resist discrimination through hate-proofing.

    Part I (July 1) – A New Legal and “Inconvenient Situation”

    Part II (July 8) – The U.S. Constitution

    Part III (July 15) – U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

    Part IV (July 22) – Spiritual Caregivers and the Legal Process

    Registrants can participate in one or more presentation. All presentations will be via Zoom.

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