As we have been asking “Who is My Neighbor?” our past few Lenten seasons, and after a powerful six weeks talking about the history of race last Lent, we are deepening our conversations about race this year and looking more specifically at how racism plays out in our own lives and communities--especially around education and housing.
We are grateful to the Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation, especially the Prazak Visiting Scholar Fund, Donald Bell Adult Education Fund, and the Endowment Fund for generously funding our Lenten series and ongoing conversations about race this year.
"Christian Theology and Race: Exploring Biblical Concepts and Contemporary Racism"
Led by, Dr. Darrell Jodock, Professor Emeritus Gustavus Adolphus College
"How race has impacted on the ground realities in our local school system, and also issues that impact the opportunity gap"
Led by, Astein Osei, Superintendent of the St. Louis Park Public Schools
* For more information on the Education Constitutional Amendment referenced in Superintendent Osei’s talk, click HERE.
Race in Education
Led by, Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens, Racial Equity Instructional Coach at the St. Louis Park schools, joined by deaders in the education field from Westwood participates in a panel reflecting on their own experiences of race in education, including how it influences their own leadership.
"Jim Crow of the North"
A documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television about housing inequality in the Twin Cities, and the history and policy that has shaped unequal housing access here. It is about an hour long. If you only have 15 minutes, watch Kevin Ehrman-Solberg’s "The Geography of Inequality" TED Talk on the same subject that covers some of the same material but goes less in-depth.
MEET THE WWU SPEAKERS
Dr. Darrell Jodock
Professor Emeritus Gustavus Adolphus College
Superintendent of St. Louis
Park Public Schools
Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens
Racial Equity Instructional
Coach at St. Louis Park
Pastor Babette Chatman
Campus Pastor, Augsburg University
Co-Founder of the Mapping Prejudice Project, PBS special “Jim Crow of the North”
Pastor Paul Slack
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Pastor Kelly Chatman
Executive Director for the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Outreach