Gather@Grand continues to invite you to some ways to explore and respond to the urgent and current issue of racism; we have some new offerings and a reminder of what is currently in process. Some of the opportunities are still to Gather as if @ Grand, and in one case, we are planning to Gather@Grand literally and physically, for the first time in more than two years!
So if the question is: How might we continue to explore, understand, and resist the evil of racism as it currently exists in our U.S. culture? What are the opportunities available here and now? How do we respond? We offer four ways to do so:
Option A: Re-learn U.S. History (Spring 2022)
A guided study of the period known as The Great Migration, when many Blacks from the South moved northward. We will read Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. It follows three families as they make their choices and cope with the results of them. The book is thick, but to read even parts of it will be highly instructive. We will sample it in eight sessions, with study questions and facilitation provided by Sr. Barbara Green. The scheduled time is Wednesdays 10:30-noon in April, May, and June.
DOWNLOAD Syllabus for Option A: OPTION A syllabusdocx
Option B: Small Group Discussion via Zoom
A second way is to explore our own struggles is in a small and virtual (Zoom) group. This option has had three groups so far and will now open a new one. We will use Kathy Obear’s …But I’m Not Racist! and meet eight times, some Monday afternoons 3-4:30. Facilitation of the group will be by Sr. Barbara, with shared facilitation as feasible. These sessions will be in April, May, and June. Another series will begin in the fall of 2022.
Option C: Confronting Racism
We will view a series of films exploring variously tendencies and resolves to sweep racism under the rug and also the courage and persistence to confront it, with study and discussion questions provided by Ms. Linda Pete; the films can be viewed when convenient and then zoom sessions will be scheduled for those choosing to discuss issues in common. This option is designed and co-led by Linda and Sr. Patricia Dougherty, OP, educators who led the series last year with nine films, study questions, discussion process. Discussions will be Thursday evenings once a month: Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 27, May 26.
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Option D: Engaging White Privilege – Courage and Skills in Addressing Racism
This event was held in March 2022.
The Dominican Sisters offer an online Resource List, recommending diverse genres of materials to investigate and study: books, articles, films, podcasts, etc.