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.


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)

January 23-25, 2020
Oakton Community College, 1600 E Golf Rd, Des Plaines
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March 26-28, 2020
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June 3-5, 2020
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July 15-17, 2020
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October 15-17, 2020
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December 3-5, 2020
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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.

June 19, 2020
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November 14, 2020
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