Multicultural religious education is a way of seeing and thinking as well as doing. It requires us to truly open our minds and hearts to the perspectives and experiences of others. It requires the humility to see those diverse perspectives to be as valid as our own. It calls us to welcome and include the unfamiliar, those who may be outside our comfort zone. It asks us to acknowledge the realities of oppression and privilege. It means we are open to change and growth, and ultimately care more about justice than comfort.
While there are many dimensions of “multiculturalism,” this program focuses on racial/ethnic identity. This program is sponsored by the Central Midwest District chapter of LREDA (but open to all). Everyone has racial/ethnic identity, and this program is for everyone.
As religious leaders, you can nurture a congregational culture that:
• Welcomes, includes and appreciates cultural diversity
• Helps prepare children and youth for the multicultural realities of society and the world
• Supports people of all ages in developing positive cultural identities
• Exercises moral agency to challenge structures of social and political oppression and make a difference in the lives of others.
Register today to make the March 18th deadline. Spaces are limited. Cost is $250 and includes double hotel accommodations, three meals on Friday and Saturday breakfast. Single accommodations are extra and the commuter rate is $150.
The Reader is "What If All the Kids are White?" by Louise Derman-Sparks, published by Teachers College Press, Second Edition 2011.
Register at this link:
Coordinator: Michelle Richards
Registrar: Steve Cooper
Church host: Maria O'Connor