Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

Trinity Institute: An annual theological conference: January 21-23, 2016

Registration to attend in New York City is FULL as of December 18, 2015. We are unable to accept any additional registrations at this time. If you would like to attend TI2016 at a Partner Site, click here to find the nearest location. Thanks for your interest, and we hope to see you in 2017!
Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening.
TI2016 recognizes that many of us avoid conversations about race because they’re difficult, uncomfortable, or could risk being perceived as prejudiced. The conversations in TI2016 will be learning opportunities: chances to talk skillfully in theological reflection groups about charged issues with people who might have differing perspectives, with less apprehension. These life-giving conversations will teach us more about the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change.
In the words of theologian Gustavo Gutièrrez, “All injustice is a breach with God.” TI2016 brings action-oriented theologians and thought leaders together to provide better understanding, inspiration, and ideas you can use in your community to make a positive impact.


New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
Actor, playwright, professor, and 1996 MacArthur Fellow
Radio journalist and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”


Deconstructing Whiteness
TI2016 is called “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice” and reminds us that such conversations are not only sacred, they are almost always uncomfortable.  Five professors who have dedicated their lives to a study of race now offer us a starting place for such discussions with a candid look at U.S. history and the underlying assumptions that created racial divisions.

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