About this Program
The District of Eastern North America, through the DENA Racial Justice Coalition, is providing this opportunity as one of a number of efforts to:
- Support Lasallians throughout the schools and other educational ministries within DENA in their efforts to be more professionally educated with an understanding and appreciation of African Americans’ contributions to Christian faith, life, and witness, as well as to society writ large
- Increase access and opportunities for all Lasallians to participate in Association/Formation programs (part of DENA Strategic Plan for Association/Formation)
- Invite Lasallians to consider this question: Do I want to learn more about God’s gift of Blackness to the Church and society and to further promote racial justice and God’s plan to redeem the world?
- To deepen and advance understanding and appreciation of African Americans’ contributions to Christian faith, life, and witness, as well as to society writ large
- To consider the intersection with the Lasallian charism and our educational ministry and, in turn,
- To assist DENA Lasallians as well as DENA ministries to do the same.
Participants can earn graduate-level credits (that may be applied to a Masters degree) and Continuing Education Units (CEU) through online courses offered by both the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University (New Orleans, Louisiana) and the Black Theology and Ministry (BTM) at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, Illinois).
With our shared passion, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we believe that we will make our world better for the long haul. “We believe in the transforming capacity of education” (Declaration #8
, Generalate, Rome, 2020, p. 120).
“Racism has been with us for centuries but we have the capability of working together to ensure that it does not persist beyond this decade! …eradicating racism and promoting justice will take constant effort on the part of all of us.”
— Brother Visitor’s letter regarding racial justice