Saturday, February 6
Located at the hotel unless noted; registration with fees or *pre-requisites required as noted
Communicating Effectively About Race and Racism:  A Workshop in Non-Violent Conversation/Action*

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Registration Fee: TBD
Minimum is 25 by early bird deadline (December 4).
Maximum is 50.

Do you get tongue tied when a total stranger makes a disturbing remark in your presence? Are you frustrated with your ability to communicate effectively when racism emerges in conversations in your daily life? This workshop will address “difficult conversations” about race. Throughout this experience we will model and practice ways of addressing the often painful reactions and internal work that recognizing our internalized race identity provokes in us. We invite you to bring stories from your own experiences to share with the group. Together we will work out a range of possible solutions and practice holding a respectful but firm space in response to such remarks. What you learn here will also be useful for engaging in difficult political conversations and other realms of conflict.

*Pre-requisite: Participated in the 2021 pre-event, Introduction to Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop, or have experienced a similar one-day 8-hour introductory course in anti-racism, equity, and bias training.

Led by Rev. Willard W. Bass, Jr. and Rev. Christy Clore, co-trainers from the Institute for Dismantling Racism (IDR) based in Winston Salem, NC. Willard is the founder and executive director of IDR and has spent over 15 years working to strengthen local economies and cultivate resilient and self-reliant community leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists. Christy is a transitional pastor who has partnered with IDR since 2006, believing in the importance of intentional dialogue about race and gender in developing a more self-aware and compassionate society.

For more information, contact Christy Clore.

*Download the post-event PDF for complete information about both post-events.

So, Now What? – post-event coaching

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $40, includes beverage break
Minimum is 10 by early bird deadline (December 4).
Maximum is 50.

Do you find yourself full of excitement, motivation, and inspiration at the end of great continuing education event only to return home to your church and feel deflated and overwhelmed? Do you struggle with processing all that you have learned and how to apply it to your ministry setting? This small group coaching event will give you time to process what you’ve experienced during the Annual Event with others, be coached by an ICF trained coach in a small group and have space to make a ministry plan.

Led by Stephanie Fritz, coordinator, and Brian Frick, associate, office of Faith Formation, PC(USA). Both are trained IFC coaches.

For more information, contact Stephanie Fritz.


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