workshops & events

our workshops and events are open to anyone who has an interest in beginning an exploration of racism and its impacts on our church and society in an atmosphere of mutual respect, caring and safety.


dear church book reading event

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US” tells us that it is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

Lenny will do a book reading, Q&A and book signing. Adult beverages and fellowship to follow.

July 8, 2019 7.00 PM
St Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, 2837 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago
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intro to anti-bias/antiracist education (ABAR)

Designed for educators working with children and youth in all settings, including early childhood, religious education, after school programs, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.

July 20, 2019
St Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, 2837 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago
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understanding and analyzing systemic racism

Explore the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects in our society. Examine the ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people. We’ll help you struggle with the tough questions and begin to equip you with the skills to dismantle racism and transform your institution.

Early Bird Registration $95; Regular Registration $175 — ELCA Members (use Promo Code: MCSYNOD)

July 25-27, 2019
The Chicago High School for the Arts – Chiarts, 2714 West Augusta Boulevard, Chicago
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October 17-19, 2019
Catholic Theological Union, 5401 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago
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NOTE: If you register and do not attend the workshop the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Antiracism Team must still pay full cost for your workshop seat ($375 – $455). Therefore, “no shows” will not be offered the subsidized registration rate for future workshops.

critical cultural competency

Learn how to create the spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions, understand the power dynamics in society that impact us, develop the skills to interrupt old patterns and inequitable practices that limit access and exclude some people from our institutions, build trust and clear communication and begin to understand how to make decisions based on multiple perspectives where all people can be heard and represented.

August 17, 2019
McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 South Seminary Avenue, Chicago
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November 02, 2019 (Bilingual Spanish and English)
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago
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