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2017 Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Justice

Therese Taylor-Stinson

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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This festival is not for those who wish to gather information without an urgent need to change! Americans continue to debate the shape and extent of racism in society. Yet shootings of unarmed African-Americans, disproportional incarceration and poverty rates, and a continuing list of disparities remind us as the Church and as citizens that the U.S. must continue to press ahead with addressing issues of racism and white supremacy. Politicians are promoting bigoted ideas and organizations. Many whites have watched the crisis unfold and have said, “I didn’t know that was still happening… What can I do?” Because so many people remain to be reached, we are organizing a second Racial Awareness Festival in 2017. Our long-term goal is to make this an annual event with festivals addressing racial awareness and healing nationwide.  Month by month, interest grows in the project.


Racial Awareness 2017:  A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Healing intends to help people of goodwill reflect on the remaining reality of racism in our society through media, rhythm, and practical exposure through experiential workshops in both African-American and white caucuses, as well as multiracial spaces, opening awareness of privilege and supremacy, and healing years of unresolved trauma.


At the end of this one-day event, we hope churches and individuals will be more self-reflective regarding the impact of racism on their lives, and we hope they will be inspired to join anti-racism organizations, have their churches partner with others across the faith and racial divide, and or continue to engage with participants they meet at the festival throughout the year.  If people sign-up to continue the conversation, we will meet monthly thereafter on the third Saturday.


The festival will offer perspectives from the arts, media, and workshop facilitators to help people engage with the reality of racism in a new way. We will offer music, media, Interplay modalities such as “Changing the Race Dance,” drumming, Emotional Emancipation Circles for African Americans, and a “Waking up White” Interplay for white participants.  At the end of the day, we will gather again to engage in a facilitated Intergenerational dialogue to discuss our ideas and experiences of race given our engagement in the festival context and to continue raising awareness of the struggle for both healing and justice.  All these methods offer opportunities for people to explore the reality of racism from a new perspective.


Therese tells this story about her experience with Interplay’s “Changing the Race Dance”: “We gathered in the room and first used both voice and body movement to shift the energy in our bodies and leave anything we brought with us into the room at the door. Then we paired with ‘an other’ and began to tell of our experience of racism, not with powerful words and vivid descriptions, but simply ‘I remember the first time my mother told me I couldn’t go to a local amusement park because of the color of my skin.’ And the other might say, ‘I remember the first time I heard a family member use the ’N-word.’ We went back and forth like that for a time; then we went deeper still using simple sentences.  As I rattled off experience after experience of racism, my partner became more and more uncomfortable, unable to articulate her own experience.  We finally ended.  At the close of the workshop, my partner, a younger white woman, shared with me that she was a special education teacher in a Midwest school, and from sitting across from me—the other—she realized that she may unconsciously be doing some things wrong with her mostly African American students. She committed to change when she returned to her classroom.”


LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:00AM.

Have questions about 2017 Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Justice? Contact Therese Taylor-Stinson

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Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


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Therese Taylor-Stinson

Therese Taylor-Stinson, former moderator of National Capital Presbytery, has pulled together this event with the assistance of the following sponsors: Black Presbyterians United, Faith in Public Life, Howard University School of Divinity, Iona DC, NEXT Church (PCUSA), Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd., The National Capital Presbytery Source, Urban Ministries Network, Westminster Presbyterian Church, DC, and others.

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