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.


skipping stones: an antiracism encounter

An interactive day of sharing ideas, challenges and successes on the path to becoming an antiracist church.pebbles4

  • reflect on racism and its devastating effects
  • hear about antiracism work taking place in our congregations
  • pick-up some tools that will assist on your journey
  • enjoy some surprises!

Guest Speaker: Bishop Yehiel Curry

February 8, 2020
Concordia Place, 3300 North Whipple Street, Chicago
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This is a free event (light breakfast and lunch will be provided; childcare is available)


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)

March 26-28, 2020
Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago
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June 3-5, 2020
Location: TBD
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July 15-17, 2020
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October 15-17, 2020
Location: TBD
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December 3-5, 2020
Location: TBD
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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
Location: TBD
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November 14, 2020
Location: TBD
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