Breaking Open the Sin of Racism
Breaking Open the Sin of Racism is an 8-part video series by scholars at the University of Dayton, a Catholic Marianist university, and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. The video series and discussion guide are prepared for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for use by faith-organizations. The series begins with a macro global and historical examination of race and racism, and progresses to a micro examination of the interpersonal impact of race and racism.
- To increase awareness of the invisibility of privilege, systemic racism, anti-racism, and the predominance of whiteness in our nation, and particularly within the context of the Catholic Church
- To foster dialogues among parish members
The videos below can be used in a variety of ways. They can be viewed for individual reflection, with a small group, or as a workshop. There are resources below to assist you in utilizing these videos to implement a four-week discussion series in your parish or community.
This DISCUSSION GUIDE was created to accompany these informative videos available here designed for facilitated small group conversations but can be used in many different ways, including for personal reflection. The discussion questions for each video were created by the video’s presenter, an expert in their field.
The materials below have been created to assist you in implementing a four-week workshop series utilizing these videos in your parish or community. You are welcome to organize a group and utilize these resources yourself or contact Sara Seligmann for assistance through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Anti-Racism Task Force. We are willing to train facilitators to lead these discussions, or even provide a facilitator to lead the workshops for your. There are two upcoming Leader Trainings scheduled below. Please register to attend!
Want to learn more? Here are some resources for you and your community as you discern the next steps on your journey towards becoming anti-racist. Click the title below to be taken directly to the resource.
The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love (A Pastoral Letter Against Racism) was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It addresses the sin of racism and calls all of God’s people to actively work to combat it. There is also a STUDY GUIDE available to use while reading the document.