Sacred Conversations on Race + ACTION

Sacred Conversations is a journey sponsored by the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, unfolding during Lent 2024, toward racial healing individually and collectively. This Lent we begin a collaborative project hosted at four parishes spanning all the regions in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Each gathering is comprised of prayer, synod style round table facilitated conversations focused on different aspects of racism, shared stories, and skill building techniques. In between gatherings there is some strongly recommended reading. The process is genuine listening to the Holy Spirit within oneself, and each other at the same time. Over the months, conversations move from the participants experience of race/racism, to reflecting on other participants’ experience, to reflection on racism alluded to in Scripture, to an analysis of structural racism in the local community and most definitely toward ACTION steps for a transformed metro Detroit.

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Schedule and Location Details

Session 1 (3 - 4 Hours) Saturday Feb. 17, 10am – 2pm with lunch at Gesu, Detroit

Session 2 (3 - 4 Hours) Saturday April 13, 10am – 2pm with lunch at St. Mary of the Hills, Rochester Hills

Session 3 (3 - 4 Hours) Saturday May 18, 10am – 2pm with lunch at St. Blase, Sterling Heights

Session 4 (3.5 Hours) Sunday June 23 12:30pm—4:00pm with snacks at St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Dearborn

Recommended Reading

  • Dwell In My Love by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George
    Spatial racism creates a visible chasm between the rich and the poor, and between white people and people of color. It marks a society that contradicts both the teachings of the Church and our declared national value of equality of opportunity.
  • The Church and the Racial Divide by His Excellency Bishop Edward K. Braxton
  • Leveling the Praying Field by Ansel Augustine
  • Undoing the Knots by Maureen O’Connell

Other Occurrences for Sacred Conversations on Race + ACTION

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Sunday, June 23, 2024