October 19, 2020
Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: An All Virtual Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice: October 27, 29 and 31st
from Catholic Mobilizing Network in collaboration with the Diocese of RC San Diego and the University of San Diego
Impacted persons, experienced practitioners, ministry leaders, and advocates from across the country come together to enliven approaches to justice that heal and transform. This all-virtual, highly-interactive conference experience is an opportunity for participants to learn, network, and grow together in Catholic community. For information and to register >
A diversity, equity and inclusion reading list, compiled and recommended by La Salle University faculty
La Salle University’s faculty and staff have compiled a list of books, poems, and more. They cover discrimination in many forms, from the murky period between the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to racism in nursing, education, and the U.S. prison system.
October 5, 2020
God is beyond race and gender. It’s time our sacred art is too. Father Bryan Massingale
An Invitation from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men
The Next Step: Implementing Antiracism Policies and Procedures
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. ET
While we know that racism and its effects have impacted this country for over 400 years, the urgent call to action issued this summer demands a response from all people of faith and good will. Many leaders and administrators spent the past few months reading books on U.S. history, encountered new terms like “antiracism,” and held listening sessions within their organizations, schools, and parishes.
This interactive webinar is designed to explore the next step, the movement from learning to doing. Denis Okema, the inaugural director of diversity and inclusion at Cristo Rey Philadelphia and a longtime advocate for human rights and peace building, will lead a discussion on key topics such as combating biases, assessing organizational culture, pursuing equity in hiring and human resources, training staff, cultivating affinity groups, and retaining underrepresented groups. Register here.
September 21, 2020
DC Archbishop Gregory and Others Discuss Racism and Faith
Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. participated in a dialogue with others concerning the ongoing protests across the nation that were sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
September 7, 2020
On September 24 International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU), which represents the 64 institutions across the world, invites you to Global Perspectives on Racism livestream event 9:00 am EDT
- Dr. Kristi J. Kelly from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
- Brother Armin Luistro, FSC, PhD from the Philippines
- Dr. Jamil Khader from Bethlehem University, Palestine
- Brother Francisco Pérez from Guatemala
- Moderator: Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, D.Min from La Salle University, Philadelphia
For additional information and to register for this event, please visit this site: Global Perspectives on Racism
August 31, 2020
Bellow, Kathleen Dorsey. “Black Catholic Women: Voice Embodied”. National Catholic Reporter, July 8, 2020.
Clarke, Kevin. “After weeks of protest and calls to defund the police, where do we go from here?”, America, June 12, 2020.
Gehring, John. “Necessary Bluntness: Archbishop Gregory’s Stand for Integrity”, Commonweal Magazine, June 9, 2020.
August 17, 2020
Let The Holy Spirit Guide How We Talk About Race by Grace Ji-Sun Kim. To make conversations about race more productive, use different metaphors for God.
What Will It Take To Redeem The Soul of America? by Bryan Massingale. Racism today is revealed in the pervasive lack of concern to the horrors and scandals unfolding in our midst.
Check Your White Privilege a U.S. Catholic interview with Sister Helen Prejean. The eye-opening experience that sparked her lifelong commitment to justice.
August 10, 2020
#Black Catholic Syllabus – Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, Curator
This syllabus is a collection of resources related to Black Catholics in the United States. It is intended for academics, journalists, educators, diocesan institutions, parishes, congregations of women and men religious, and the general public. This syllabus prioritizes the work of Blacks in order to center the voice of Black Catholics in the creation of their own narrative.
Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is a higher education professional, researcher, and inclusion & diversity specialist based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her PhD in sociology from Fordham University in 2010. A sociologist of religion by training, she is an expert in systemic racism with twenty years of experience researching and writing about how systemic racism impacts African-American For 2018-19, she was the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the President and Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC. Dr. Pratt ’95 currently serves on the Board of West Catholic Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, PA. (read more about Dr. Pratt)
August 3, 2020
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Representative John Lewis
Billings, Cora Marie. “Saved by Grace: Striving for a more racially just and equal church”
America, June 24, 2014.
Christian, Gina. “Work for racial justice starts with study of Black Catholic experience”
CatholicPhilly.com, June 23, 2020.
July 27, 2020
On July 17, 2020, our nation and the world lost two Civil Rights heroes. May we be inspired to engage in “good trouble.” for the sake of God’s Kingdom of peace, justice and equality for all.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
In her intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’s life and legacy, director Dawn Porter takes us through his more than 60 years of extraordinary activism-from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights’ movement to the legislative powerhouse he is today. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. Lewis continues to protect civil rights today as a sitting Member of Congress. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and still calls on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble.” JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is a moving tribute to the real hero at the forefront of many hard-won battles for lasting change. Watch this video.
Rev. C.T. Vivian, legendary civil rights leader, reflects on his life. Cordy Tindell Vivian was an American minister, author, and close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Vivian resided in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc.
Listen to his message of hope.
July 13, 2020
Books That Help Us Understand Race, Racism and Social Justice in the United States
When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Detroit School Busing Case by Joyce Baugh
July 6, 2020
Georgetown University School of Law: Rethinking Policing: Activism and Reform
June 29, 2020
Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race? America Magazine
Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism USCCB
Combating Racism USCCB
I Can’t Breath – A Litany for Justice Fr. Rafael Garcia S.J.
June 22, 2020
How Catholic vigils for racial justice can center the black experience
Podcast: Pope Francis challenges pro-life Catholics on racism
The Educational Service of the Poor and the Promotion of Justice: A Report General Council of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015
A Pastoral Letter by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. Bishop of Belleville, Illinois
June 15, 2020
June 8, 2020
June 1, 2020