In Common 2020 | A Faithful Response to 2020
Virtual Event via Zoom
September 28 – September 30, 2020
KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Opening remarks from Bishop Andy Doyle, with Q&A moderated by The Rev. Rhonda Rogers
Featured Speaker: Dr. Catherine Meeks, The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
Dr. Meeks is the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center’s opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Catherine brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta.
- Monday and Wednesday
WORKSHOP | Monday, September 28, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Collective Resilience: Practices for Mental Health and Well-Being
In this workshop, participants will engage in meaningful and critical dialogue focused on the collective trauma experienced in 2020. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the unique stressors that disproportionately affect communities of color and reflect on culturally-grounded practices that facilitate well-being at the individual and community level.
Guest presenters include: Starla Simmons, LCSW Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Liaison at the UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Lynda Frost, J.D., Ph.D., Lyfro Consulting, Anna Jackson, MSSW, Alpinista Consulting
WORKSHOP| Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Start Local: A Systems Approach to Address Racial Inequities
As an institutional church, we know that systems change takes time and includes a willingness to creatively engage other institutions with clarity and vision. In this workshop, leaders and participants will address the question of “What can we do?” by showing and exploring different touch points to locally impact and foster race relations for better outcomes in building healthy communities.
Guest presenters include: Charles Rotramel, CEO of Houston reVision; Elizabeth Valdez, Lead Organizer of The Metropolitan Organization; Doug Greco, Lead Organizer Central Texas Interfaith; the Rev. Dr. Matt Boulter, Associate Rector Christ Episcopal Tyler and co-leader of Tyler In Common; The Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell, Co-Managing Director of Project Curate