Events and resources on faith-based and spiritual responses to racism

In this blog:

  • Three-part conversation on race: Changing Self; Changing Community; Changing Systems, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
  • Challenging Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Other Assaults on Human Dignity, Oct. 27
  • Bridges of Cooperation: Interfaith Action toward Racial Equity, Nov. 20
  • Islamophobia Uncovered: On demand video

LeaderWise Conversations on Race

Monday, October 5, November 2, December 7, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

LeaderWise will host a free three-part conversations on race.

  • Changing Self, October 5: Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches and founder of Healing Minnesota Stories, will share his story of his own personal work on assumptions and beliefs about race.
  • Changing Community, November 2: Rev. Kelly Chatman, former pastor at Redeemer Lutheran in North Minneapolis, will talk about the impact of engaging with changing community.
  • Changing Systems, December 7: Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde, Director of the International Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, will speak to  systemic obstacles that stand in the way of racial justice.

Each event is free; registration is required.

Challenging Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Other Assaults on Human Dignity

Tuesday, October 27, 4:45pm

The highly esteemed scholar Dr. Beverly E. Mitchell says “it is a critical moment in the history of our country as we reckon with the threat of white supremacy becoming more mainstream.” In this webinar sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Mitchell will focus on this threat, including how, as an “overarching ideology,” white supremacy is being used not only against Black people but also against Jews, Muslims, and other minorities in our country. Exploring how different faith traditions emphasize the human dignity of all people, Dr. Mitchell will also explain how interfaith and intercultural solidarity and action are crucial in the stand against racism and other forms of exclusion. Learn more.

Bridges of Cooperation: Interfaith Action toward Racial Equity

Friday, November 20, 2020, 10:00 — 11:00 AM 

Presentation by Eboo Patel

Collectively, we face a moment of divisions in our society. Whether religious, political, racial, generational, economic, or in other areas, we find our communities, institutions, families, and society fracturing. Together, we can improve. We can build communities where sources of difference become sources of strength — where shared humanity and communal aspirations compel dialogue, not division. Eboo Patel and the Interfaith Youth Core he founded are committed to interfaith leadership to combat racism. In this free online presentation, Patel will share strategies for interfaith action toward racial equity. 

This program will be online and open to the public. To watch go to the event’s homepage and find a livestreaming link that will be posted on the morning it takes place. Registration is not required.

Islamophobia Uncovered: On demand video

Did you know that Islamophobia is a $1.5 billion industry?  Can you name the 12 hate groups in Minnesota and the speakers touring our state spreading hate messages?  Do you know how hate evolves?  Do you want to know steps you can take to counteract hate?

Take time to view a video by Twin Cities Nonviolent (TCN), part of its “10 Days Free From Violence” online conference. The presentation is by Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). There is also an introductory video presented by TCN on anti-racism and peace.

The Zoom video can be found here.  Ibramhim’s presentation begins around 11:45 am..

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