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?

Please contact:
U.S.: Viviana Cornejo (vcornejo@crcna.org, 616-224-0809)
Canada: Bernadette Arthur (barthur@crcna.org, 289-527-6345)

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


Racism: Looking Back, Moving Forward (U.S.)

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


Widening  the Circle (Canada)

Canadian society gives each of us various labels—black, white, Hispanic, Caribbean-Canadian, Indigenous, and so on—and treats us accordingly. 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: 1 day
Capacity: 7 to 30 people


Journey  With Me (Canada)

Refugees are our neighbours. When we think of refugees, we often hear of the biblical call to “welcome the stranger.” And welcoming the stranger is a good first step. But in this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours, and we need each other. When one part of a community struggles, the entire community is affected. This workshop (and the connected toolkit) will help Christian citizens to work with their refugee neighbours for justice.

Time: 1.5 hours
Capacity: 15 to 100 people


KAIROS Blanket Exercise (Canada)

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 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Much of the content is written by Aboriginal people. It helps participants understand why reconciliation is needed and how to take steps toward reconciliation and new relationships.

Time: 1.5 hours
Capacity: 15 to 100 people


Church Between Borders  (U.S.)

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


Blanket Exercise (U.S.)

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


An Act of Re-membering (Canada)

An Act of Re-membering is an interactive and participatory workshop, designed as a follow up to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, that offers co-learners the opportunity to embark on an embodied storytelling journey. Co-learners listen together to the narratives of various people groups who are connected to the northern part of Turtle Island (Canada). Together, we'll seek to learn our “shared history” (George Erasmus) and "re-member" the body that has been so divided by racism.

Time: 4.5 hours
Capacity: 15 to 50 people


Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Building

The Cultural Intelligence 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
Cost: $50 per person / $80 per couple
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
Cost: $30 per person / $40 per couple
Capacity: 30 to 40 people


History 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
Cost: $15 per person / $20 per couple
Capacity: 30 to 40 people


Kenosis Community Groups

Kenosis Community Groups are gathering spaces facilitated by White people for White people so that concepts and topics related to race and racism in Canada can be explored in an environment that promotes freedom to explore without fear of offense. These discipleship groups are designed to allow people to journey together as a learning community to safely explore and unpack the effects and impacts that unearned privilege has on them and others in Canadian society, so that we may better follow Jesus and love our neighbors together.

Time: 6 months
Capacity: 6-8 people


Trauma Healing (coming soon)