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Racial Resilience: Anti-Racism as Spiritual Praxis

July 30, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Overview

Do you find yourself profoundly moved by protests against racial injustice? Are you unsure of what structural racism is, or what it means to be anti-racist, or what role religion can play in this movement? Then this presentation is for you! Led by Dr. Seth Schoen and Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter, this session aims to help participants develop a structural understanding of racism and to introduce Racial Resilience, an anti-racism training method that utilizes compassion-based contemplative practices to explore critical race theories.

What to expect:

    • Authentic storytelling and research-based content
    • Compassionate space for holding uncomfortable truths

What not to expect:

    • Forced participation
    • Shaming, blame, or judgment
    • Political agendas

Slides from the event are here: Racial Resilience: Anti-racism as Spiritual Praxis.
Video and clips from the event are here: Racial Resilience: Anti-racism as Spiritual Praxis.

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Christopher Carter

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter’s teaching, research, and activist interests are in Black, Womanist, and Environmental ethics, with a particular focus on race, food, and nonhuman animals. He is the co-creator of Racial Resilience, an anti-racism and anti-bias program that utilizes the combined insights of contemplative practices and critical race theories. His academic publications include The Spirit of Soul Food (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), and “Blood in the Soil: The Racial, Racist, and Religious Dimensions of Environmentalism” in The Bloomsbury Handbook on Religion and Nature (Bloomsbury, 2018).

The passion that informs all of his work evolves out of his family’s struggle to loosen the chains of systematic racism – similar to bell hooks he believes that education is the practice of freedom. He believes that at its broadest level, learning should be transformational: it should transform how the student views herself, her neighbor, and her worldview. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of San Diego, a Faith in Food Fellow at Farm Forward, and Assistant Pastor at Pacific Beach UMC.

Seth Schoen Seth Schoen

Dr. Seth Schoen’s research and teaching interests are in contemplative and spiritual practices, especially the cultivation of compassion. He is currently exploring how the Compassion Practice and critical race and racial formation theories mutually inform each other to create a spiritual path of renewal and transformation. As part of this effort, he has co-created Racial Resilience, anti-racism and anti-bias training program. Racial Resilience seeks, in part, to facilitate conversations about race by grounding them in compassionate, open, non-judgmental, and non-reactive personal and inter-personal spaces. Currently he is also an adjunct professor of Practical Theology at the University of San Diego.