Forums for Racial Reconciliation: The Impact & Damage of Micro-Aggressions

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Hamline Church United Methodist

1514 West Englewood Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Twin Cities' only majority African American Episcopalian church, has joined with and led several community partners, including the state-wide Episcopal Church in Minnesota, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Luther Seminary, Hamline University, and members of the Hamline-Midway Neighborhood to create a series of community engagement forums dealing with racial, ethnic, and cultural understanding and reconciliation.

This project stemmed from the realization that communities throughout our country are looking for ways to achieve harmony — to build compassionate and respectful connections among diverse neighbors.

Using excerpts from movies, short videos, and documentaries to spur dialogue, the series will retrace relevant aspects of our nation's history and look at how they impact our present-day relationships within and between diverse groups of people.

We believe that the ability to dialogue with others in a respectful, compassionate forum is a critical component to achieving such harmony and community cohesiveness. We believe that people need opportunities to tell their personal stories, to freely ask questions of others both like and unlike themselves, and to learn about each others' experiences, in order to achieve the understanding and reconcilitation that so many of us desire.

With these ideas in mind, we are offering a series of four forums.


"I Can't Believe You Just Said That!"

The Impact & Damage of Micro-Aggressions

Saturday, February 24th

2 - 5 pm

Micro-aggressions are those everyday slights, snubs, or subtle insults that demean and/or send denigrating messages to groups that are already marginalized in our society.

To those who experience these subtle "cuts," the damage to their self-concept, confidence, and sense of belonging is, over time, akin to "death by a thousand cuts." Even more, the friction and resentment they cause are barriers to a community's cohesiveness.

One of the oldest and most pervasive types of micro-aggression is the kind based on race and ethnicity.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you experienced these kinds of micro-aggressions, against yourself or others? You may even be making these kinds of micro-aggressions towards others, without even knowing it. Do you want to learn more about them, including how best to avoid them?

Come to this discussion.


This forum will feature video clips of various situations featuring typical micro-aggressions, so that everyone present can have a shared experience from which to discuss. Facilitators present will lead both large and small-group discussions. You will have the opportunity to actively explore this topic.

Popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be available throughout!

This is a free event.

Space is limited.

Get your free ticket here today, before they're gone!

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1514 West Englewood Avenue

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