Here I am, Lord: Journeying Towards Healing through Listening and Truth-Telling
Saturday, December 3, 9:00 - 12:00pm
Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level
Like a triptych, Advent prepares us to receive Christ in three ways: in the past, as baby Jesus; today, seeing Christ in our neighbor; in the future, when Christ will come again.
This Advent, let us join as a community to live our faith boldly. Let us prepare for the coming of Christ as we prayerfully listen to and reflect on the experiences of our brothers and sisters of color at The Basilica.
The stories we will hear share a love of the Catholic faith and a love of The Basilica parish community. Yet, the stories also reveal pain and struggles as they seek to live fully in our community.
We invite all our community into a safe space to step into this conversation this Advent. Learn. Listen. Feel. Act. Welcome the Holy Spirit’s healing into all our lives.
- Dr. Yohuru Williams is a Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. He received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998. He is the author of many books and articles and is a sought-after speaker on racial justice.
- Dr. Williams will ground us in our Catholic Faith, guide us in understanding the history and context for our day, and invite us to embrace the stories of our brothers and sisters.
- Hear the honest and vulnerable stories of our brothers and sisters of color at The Basilica of Saint Mary. Learn about their experiences as we receive and believe.
- Enter into a safe space of sharing in small groups, as we process all we have heard through restorative circles.
- We may experience discomfort--but we show up and engage, trusting God's love and healing to guide us.
- Consider ways to continue our learning and experience.