By Noah Kruis
I think that we can agree that we do not live in a post-racial society. The effects of racism can be seen not only in the recent rise in hate crimes and xenophobic rhetoric, but also in ongoing disparities along racial lines in almost any measure of quality of life.
What Is the way forward? As McCormick seminarians prepare to enter lives of ministry, how can we be prophetic voices for societal transformation? These are conversations we engage regularly at McCormick: in the classroom and in the library, in worship and in prayer.
McCormick would like to invite its students to engage in an upcoming workshop to dive deep into learning about the systemic nature of racism and to develop tools for institutional transformation. McCormick is co-sponsoring “Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism,” a workshop facilitated by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR), and provided specifically for seminary students.
Participants will reflect on the historical foundation of white supremacy in the United States, examine the ways that cultural dominance marginalizes people of color while also misshaping white people, consider the ways this plays out in their own institutions, and cultivate tools for organizing towards transformation.
The workshop is taking place at our sister Hyde Park school, Chicago Theological Seminary, on Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17. Thanks to generous contributions to McCormick’s “Do Justice” fund, the first ten McCormick students to register will participate for free.