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Workshops

Dismantling racism happens when we change daily interactions between people of different races and when we change systems that privilege people of some races over others.

These workshops can help you and your congregation to get started in understanding the ways that systems that elevate and demote people based on race show up in your community, your country, and your church.

It’s all about honoring the image of God in each person and leaning towards Revelation 7:9. We know that when Christ comes in all his glory, all nations will offer their gifts at his throne!

Have questions? Want to schedule a workshop in your area?

In the US please contact Viviana Cornejo ([email protected], 616-224-0809)
In Canada please contact Mike Hogeterp ([email protected], 613-686-6298 or 613-291-0574)

With the exception of The Blanket Exercise, all workshops are customizable to accommodate time, days, etc.

US Workshops

Racism: Looking Back, Moving Forward

This workshop takes participants through the foundation of racism and whiteness by putting together a timeline that includes laws and acts designed to oppress certain groups of people. Although this workshop is not about how to dismantle racism, it will provide information about the history of racism which will help participants begin or continue their journey towards dismantling racism.

Time: 2 days
Capacity: 15 to 30 people

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Church Between Borders

The Church Between Borders workshop is a collaboration among the CRC offices of Social Justice and Race Relations. It is about (1) how churches can be welcoming presences for immigrants, (2) how churches can help in the struggle immigrants face when they are not able to get documentation for living in the United States, and (3) how churches have the awesome ability to transform that struggle by acting with justice and mercy.

Time: 8 hours
Capacity: 12 to 30 people

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Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is a great opportunity for participants to walk and experience the history of relationships between Europeans, including the Christian Reformed Church Mission in the Southwest, and the Indigenous nations who inhabit the southern part Turtle Land, now called the United States of America. It helps participants understand why it is important to know our history and how to take steps toward reconciliation and new relationships.

Time: 90 minutes to 2 hours
Capacity: 30 to 80 people

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Cultural Intelligence Building

The Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Building workshop focuses on concrete skills to improve our ability to act and react in positive ways across cultural lines. These four concrete skill areas are (1) knowledge, (2) motivation, (3) interpretation, and (4) behavior. Through carefully tailored interactive exercises, participants become aware of their personal life-long journey in Cultural Intelligence, as they build their own capacity to improve their CQ over time.

Time: 8 hours
Capacity: 30 to 40 people

Leadership and Race

Leadership and Race is a workshop that deliberately pursues inclusion through six tasks: (1) introduction; (2) objectives, expectations, and guidelines; (3) biblical foundations; (4) assumptions; (5) framing the issue; and (6) mountain plan—identifying the journey. This workshop is geared for those in leadership positions.

Time: 8 hours
Capacity: 30 to 40 people

Ideology of Whiteness

The concept of whiteness has been part of the daily life of American society since its beginning. This artificial racial categorization feels “normal,” and is therefore seldom questioned. The Church is not excluded from this ideology, and for that reason has contributed to division, pain, and trauma. As we delve into the history of the United States, we find that the concept of race was intentionally created in order to separate groups of people and exalt one over the others. What prompted this decision? What was the motivation? How was this concept validated and preserved?

Time: 1½ hours
Capacity: 30 to 40 people

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Trauma Healing (coming soon)

Canadian Workshops

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise, developed by KAIROS following the landmark report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, is an excellent tool that literally walks participants through the history of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Much of the content is written by Indigenous people. It helps participants understand why reconciliation is needed and how to take steps toward reconciliation and new relationships.

Widening the Circle

In this workshop we’ll explore together how each of our lives are impacted by these social categories, which privilege some and oppress others. We’ll learn together, by the light of scripture, using storytelling, personal reflection, dialogue, and group spiritual discipline practices. Together we will seek to create an environment of respect, safety, and inclusion.

Time: 6 hours