'Recognizing, Resisting Racism' workshop to be April 20
The Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center will be the center of conversation and discussion on “Recognizing and Resisting Racism” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. All in the community are invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. The center is 450 Pigeon St., in Waynesville.
The five-hour event is a workshop, sponsored by the Episcopal Church’s Commission to Dismantle Racism. Providing a safe place to talk about race and racism, it offers a non-confrontational and blameless presentation, and looks at adopting a common language for discussions of race and racism.
The workshop employs a combination of teaching and experiential activities to help with learning. During the day there will be sharing of past experiences relating to race, reflecting on the legacies of various racial heritages, along with analyzing the dynamics and nature of racism.
The workshop leaders, Jim Abbott, a retired rector from St. Mathias, in Asheville, and Walter Bryan, the rector of Good Sheppard, in Tryon, along with the entire Commission to Dismantle Racism, were trained by a team of the Mennonite Church, called the Damascus Road Training Team. The Mennonite Church includes being anti-racist in its mission.
For the past few years, this workshop has been required participation for all Episcopal clergy and vestry members at least once every five years.
The lunch will be provided by the PDMDC (Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center) and Grace Church in the Mountains.
Contact Grace Church in the Mountains’ office at 456-6029 by April 17, to make reservations.