Join us for Lenten series examining the complexities of racism. This series will examine the historical, economic, cultural, and institutional systems of racism and explore varying approaches to social change. By the conclusion of the series, participants will be able to speak articulately about how participating in the work of dismantling racism can become a spiritual practice of “becoming human.”
One of the three core themes of The Basilica Strategic Plan is Inclusivity: To build a culture in which people feel valued, welcome, integrated, and included. The goal is to build upon previous work while broadening and deepening its scope. As a parish, The Basilica seeks to address cultural and religious divides, support and welcome all whom we encounter—especially those who have been marginalized—and seek interventions in systems that perpetuate marginalization. To advance this work, we are offering a Lenten Series: Becoming Human. This six-part series will be lead by St. Thomas University professors examining the complexities of racism.
February 18, 2020
Dr. David Williard
Dr. David Williard, associate professor of U.S. history at the University of St. Thomas, will walk participants through legislation that passed in the United States between the civil war and the civil rights era to document the institutionalization of racism in the U.S. law code, resulting in separate and unequal experiences in housing, education, employment, access to health care, and so on.
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[There will be no class on February 25, as this is the night of the Minnesota caucuses.]
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March 3, 2020
Dr. Jessica Siegel
Dr. Jessica Siegel, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas, will continue last week's historical overview into the modern era, examining how, for example, the "war on drugs" led to the disproportionate imprisonment of African-American men in the United States legal system.
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March 10, 2020
Dr. Amy Levad
Dr. Amy Levad, associate professor of moral theology at the University of St. Thomas, will speak about how Catholic social thought in general and sacramental theology in particular empowers an anti-racist spirituality especially in relation to the issue of mass incarceration.
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March 17, 2020
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Mike Klein, associate professor of justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas, will outline strategies for mobilization in social change, including attending to varying elements of the social change wheel as a means of developing an anti-racist spirituality.
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March 24, 2020
Dr. Amy Finnegan
Dr. Amy Finnegan, associate professor of justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas, will examine the White Savior Complex as inherently problematic.
[Dr. Finnegan will be on sabbatical in Chile during Spring 2020. She is recording a video through STELAR that the Basilica will show on March 24; Kimberly Vrudny will be on hand to moderate the discussion afterwards.]
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March 31, 2020
Dr. Kimberly Vrudny
Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, associate professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Thomas, will outline stages of development in white racial identification as a means of moving toward accompaniment and solidarity in developing a deep spirituality that opposes institutionalized racism.