Seeing Brokenness, Seeking Healing Leadership Forum

Becoming an Antiracist, Multicultural Faith Community

The Seeing Brokenness, Seeking Healing Leadership Forum convenes and supports leadership teams toward:

  • recognizing and addressing the residue of racism still resident in faith communities, and
  • making possible the healing we yearn for from transformed relations and structures.

This interfaith forum provides experiences and best practices toward becoming an antiracist, multicultural faith community. Experienced inter-faith congregational leaders share practical ideas, lessons learned, challenges faced, and resources available for creating and maintaining an antiracist, multicultural faith community.  Leadership teams are equipped to work within their local settings to engage others in the transformative process begun in the Forum. Presentations from, and Q&A with, faith leaders experienced in antiracist, multicultural leadership.

Focus

  • Brief accounting of the acts, events, decisions, rationalizations, worldview, and practices contributing to the ethnic and racial segregation in our common life and faith communities
  • Experiences, contexts, and motivations for becoming an antiracist, multicultural community
  • Principles of success in, and major obstacles to, becoming an antiracist multicultural community
  • Process of creating and maintaining an antiracist, multicultural community
  • Personal and congregational planning for becoming an antiracist, multicultural community
  • Available resources and tools


Recognizing & Confronting Segregation in Faith Communities

  • Why do our Minnesota faith communities remain racially segregated? What are the harms of this?
  • What does segregation imply or entail?  Does separation equate to segregation?
  • What specific ideologies and practices characteristic of segregation can be found in faith communities? How would we be able to recognize them?
  • Can a faith community be overwhelmingly of one race (e.g. white European) and not be a “segregated" community?  What characteristics would it have?


Recognizing Ethnic-Specific Faith Communities

  • What are the benefits of ethnic-specific faith communities? What unique needs do they satisfy? 
  • What would a white, European-majority faith community, even one overwhelmingly white-European, look like if it were ethnic-specific but not segregated?
  • What would be the fruits of an ethnic-specific faith community committed to social justice, social equity, multiculturalism and antiracism?
  • How might a white-majority faith community and a people of color community, as ethnic-specific communities, be of mutual benefit?

You will leave the Forum with:

  1. New Learning: Your team will have an increased awareness of the personal and organizational attributes that are fundamental to equity in your particular organization.
  2. Clarity about Opportunities: Your team will develop an assessment of the factors hindering the congregation from fully seeing the brokenness of racism (impact of the legacy of racism) and will identify how the congregation may come to see the brokenness and seek healing (resources: texts/readings, videos, speakers, and training opportunities: consultants, workshops, robust dialogues).
  3. Preliminary Action Steps: Your team will outline an initial work plan and timetable to move your work forward in the coming year, with preliminary budget estimates.