Events: Investing in Healing Minnesota Stories, Engaging with Discomfort, and more

In this blog:

  • Investing in Healing Minnesota Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • Engaging Discomfort with an empathetic lens: A conversation with T. Marie King, Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • Annual Overcoming Racism Conference (on-line) Nov. 14
  • Bridges of Cooperation: Interfaith Action toward Racial Equity, Nov. 20

Investing in Healing Minnesota Stories

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:50-8:00 p.m., Online

Please Join us in supporting the transformative work of Healing Minnesota Stories, whose mission is “to create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people in Minnesota, including reparations, with a particular focus on communities of faith.”

The Evening will include:

  • Native Flute: Mark Church, Member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation
  • Welcome and Introduction: Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches and member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation
  • Key Note: “Confronting White Supremacy with the Transformational Power of Stories.” Elona Street Stewart, member of the Delaware Nanticoke and the first Native person to serve as a Synod Executive in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Stories and testimonials
  • Invitation to support HMS’s work, a ministry of the Minnesota Council of Churches

Register now by clicking here.

Can’t make the event? Please consider giving online here.

To learn more about Jim Bear and Healing Minnesota Stories, watch this seven-minute video, graciously shared by our friends at Friends of the Mississippi River earlier this year.

Screen grab of video of Jim Bear at Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

Engaging Discomfort with an empathetic lens: A conversation with T. Marie King

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m., Online

What does it mean to be uncomfortable in times of community unrest and be willing to gain a greater understanding of history, conflict and others?

Join T. Marie King for a Zoom conversation on engaging discomfort with an empathetic lens. The event is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m., and is free. Participants will be encouraged to voice their discomfort through dialogue with an empathetic trainer, so that we can begin to use our voices to create change.

Here is the Zoom link.

King is the head of Alabama Local Voices Network. In cooperation with the non-profit Cortico and MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines, they seek to foster constructive public conversation in communities and in the media to improve our understanding of one another.

King is a trained facilitator on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a faculty member with the Satyagraha Institute. She holds a B.A. in Urban and Global Economic Development from Beulah Heights University; and M.A. in Leadership and Divinity from Luther Rice University.

Click here for a flyer with more details.

Annual Overcoming Racism Conference

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15, Online

Registration is now open for this year’s Overcoming Racism Conference, where the theme is: Taking Back ‘We the People’.

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, noted Scholar on African American Culture will offer Friday’s keynote speech. FAWK: Funny Asian Women Kollective will perform. Participants will be able to choose among a number of break out sessions both days.

Register  for the conference here

Scholarships and student discounts are available. People who self identify as Indigenous are not asked to pay to attend but asked to register for planning purposes.

The learning objectives of the conference include:

  • Understand the phrase “We the People” through a racial equity lens and in an anti- racist context.
  • Be able to connect the historical dots that led to the intentional and prominent placing of the phrase “We the People” in the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • Understand how white nationalism in America is working against the goal of “creating a more perfect union.”
  • Create a “We the People” vision that reflects who all THE PEOPLE are in order to create a more perfect union.”
  • Generate ideas and actions that each one of us as individuals “We the People” can do to create racially equitable organizations and communities.

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.

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