Power, Privilege, and Bias: Anti-Racism is Compassionate Action

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Hope United Methodist Church

16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway

San Diego, CA 92128

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Awareness and understanding of racial bias needs intentional, contemplative work in a compassionate community space.

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BELOVED San Diego will host this spiritual day retreat inviting an open discussion and reflective contemplation of the personal struggle to see one's own implicit bias. Keynote speakers Dr. Seth Schoen and Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter will guide participants through facilitated conversations and contemplative practices that will help us learn about the important role compassion plays in illuminating our bias. Meditation and reflection aimed at restoring our connection across racial differences will engage participants in the personal work needed to embody a more just and anti-racist society.

What to expect:

  • compassionate teaching about history of race in the U.S.
  • expert instruction on the relevant white framework theory
  • non-judgmental, experienced-based discussion
  • guided contemplative meditation
  • personal reflection
  • small group sharing

What is not expected:

  • shaming or blaming
  • forced participation

Saturday, February 8 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM


9:30 – Welcome/Background Story

9:45 – Racial Resilience/Opening Practice

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Overview of the Compassion Practice

12:00 – Lunch

12:45 – Contemplative Conversation

1:15 – Race, Racism, and Whiteness: History, Definition, and How to Begin Seeing It

2:00 – Break

2:15 – Tools for the Road

3:00 - Closing

Cost: Donations of $30-90 will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Estimated cost of this event, which includes catered lunch, is $60 per person. BELOVED wants to make this event available to everyone who wants to be present. You are invited to pay what you can for yourself, and consider giving more to help cover the cost for someone else who needs assistance.

Location: Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo

Parking is easy and available in this generous church parking lot!

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 a program, entitled Embodied Racial Awareness for Social Transformation, that 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 an adjunct professor of Practical Theology at the University of San Diego

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter’s teaching and research interests are in Black & Womanist Theological Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Religion & Food, and Religion & Animals. His publications include The Spirit of Soul Food (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), “Blood in the Soil: The Racial, Racist, and Religious Dimensions of Environmentalism” in The Bloomsbury Handbook on Religion and Nature (Bloomsbury, 2018) and the co-edited volume The Future of Meat Without Animals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). In them, he explores the intersectional oppressions experienced by people of color, the environment, and animals. 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 United Methodist Church.

BELOVED San Diego is a Christian movement practicing extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion.

BELOVED teaches a unique process designed at the Center for Engaged Compassion by Frank Rogers, Andrew Dreitcer, and Mark Yaconelli called the Compassion Practice. Applicable to both individuals and groups, the process involves six basic steps:

  • Paying Attention
  • Understanding Empathetically
  • Loving with connection
  • Sensing the sacred
  • Embodying new life
  • Acting

The Practice is outlined further in Frank Rogers' book, Practicing Compassion (Fresh Air Books, 2015).

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