GRACE Gathering #1

Information, Inspiration, Education and Leadership for Growing Racial and Cultural Equity in Your Congregation

When you are making your travel arrangements to go to the Prairie Star District Annual Conference in Duluth April 3–5, 2009, plan to arrive in time to attend the GRACE Gathering on Friday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview. (We encourage you to send at least 2 people from your congregation to this workshop so that workshop participants will have an ally and partner when they return to their home congregation to begin or continue the work of anti-racism.)

Workshop Description

Spend an energizing and informative day with members of the Prairie Star District’s GRACE Team and others from congregations in the PSD. The day includes presentations, discussion and many opportunities to connect, reflect and gear up for action.

Telling Our Stories: Why are you here? Towards a Common Understanding: Definitions of Racism, White Privilege, Internalized Oppression, Institutional Racism, Culture and Ethnicity. Where Are We Now? Assessment of your Congregation on the continuum of becoming and Anti-Racist institution What Resources Do We Have? Ways and resources to initiate and AR agenda in your congregation. Where Do We Go from Here? Each congregation develops and action plan: What 2 things will you work on when you return home? What is your time frame? When can the Team contact you to follow up on your progress? Where

Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview
Note: The Radisson is less than one-half mile from the Holiday Inn, where the Annual Conference is being held.


Friday, April 3, 2009
10 am – 4 pm with a FREE LUNCH buffet included

The GRACE Gathering ends in time to get back to the hotel for the opening session of the Annual Conference.

GRACE Team members

John Edmonds – Rochester, MN
Andrew Hanft (youth) – Ames, IA
Kelley Hughes – New Brighton, MN
Clara Jacob – Sioux Falls, SD
Rev. Patricia Jimenez – Minneapolis, MN
Laura Schlatter – Minneapolis, MN
Cheryll Wallace – Omaha, NE
Nathan Woodruff – Lincoln, NE


There is no cost for this workshop and a FREE LUNCH will be included.


You can register by selecting “GRACE Gathering Pre-Conference Workshop” on the Annual Conference registration form.

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