Roots of racism

Roots of racism


The Roots of Racism workshop, Feb. 18-21, 2018

Implications for Candidate Assessment and Integration into Vowed Communal Life


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NRVC gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for contemplative dialogue and discernment on how these times of polarization, racially charged rhetoric, and violence impact vocation ministry. How are we, as leaders, called to an even deeper conversion, reconciliation, and transformation? The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) provided a welcoming, safe space to engage in the often difficult conversations about race and racism.

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In this challenging time of political polarization, racially charged rhetoric, and shocking violence, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) invites you to gather in San Antonio, Texas, for contemplative dialogue and discernment on how these signs of the times impact vocation ministry. How are we, as leaders, called to an even deeper conversion, reconciliation, and transformation? The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) will provide a welcoming, safe space to engage in the often difficult conversations about race and racism.  Dr. Arturo Chavez and Dr. John Chitakure will guide participants to examine beliefs and mindsets about race.  Engaging presentations will help build a common language and historical analysis of race as a social construction.  Prayer, reflection, and rituals will guide our planning for communal action and systemic change.

Schedule

For residents, this workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 with an evening social, supper and night prayer. For commuters, it begins at 8:30 a.m. on February 19th. Please note this workshop ends at 4:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and at noon on Wednesday, February 21. Mass is available each day. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 3 nights with arrivals on February 18 after 3 p.m. and check out at noon on February 21.

Fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker, lunch and facility fees:

Commuter   (for commuters, fees do not include breakfast, welcome reception, supper or evening socials)     
$200 – NRVC member                   
$300—Non NRVC Member

Resident (includes private room with shared bath; breakfast, lunch and supper, welcome reception and evening socials)

$545—NRVC member                   
$645—Non NRVC Member

Presenters

A. Chavez
Dr. Arturo Chávez

Dr. Arturo Chávez is the President of the Mexican American Catholic College.  He holds a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies, from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, with a focus on the relationship between religion and social change.

 

J. Chitakure
Dr. John Chitakure

Dr. John Chitakure serves as an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Mexican American Catholic College. He holds a D.Min. from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. He is the author of The Pursuit of the Sacred (2016), Shona Women in Zimbabwe—A Purchased People? (2016), and African Traditional Religion Encounters Christianity: The Resilience of a Demonized Religion (2017).

 

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