Breaking Open the Sin of Racism

Series Summary

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.

Objectives

  1. 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
  2. To foster dialogues among parish members

Video Series

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.  

Discussion Guide

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. 

Host Materials

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.  

Check out training video below. 

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Upcoming Events

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

Session #1 Tuesday, September 13, 2022 7-8:30pm
Session #2 Tuesday, September 20, 2022 7-8:30pm
Session #3 Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7-8:30pm
Session #4 Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7-8:30pm

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0PYRNwe-elVA6rZifzT6xJDOQBzBZ9a2IPtkfn-fiKIwFTg/viewform or call Elizabeth Lush, St. Charles Parish, 937 434-6081

 

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Mondays from September 26 to October 24 from 6:30pm – 8pm.

2300 South Smithville Road
Dayton, OH 45420

Register: https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/org/796

[email protected]

(937) 252-9919

 

St. Leonard Faith Community

October 2, 9, 16, 23 7:00-8:30 pm

8100 Clyo Rd.

Centerville, OH 45458

 

They will be held in the Performing Arts Center (right below the chapel) on the St. Leonard campus.

 

Register by calling the Faith Community office 937-435-3626. Leave a message with your name and that you want to register. 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper

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.

Open Wide Our Hearts

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.

Contact Us:

Sara Seligmann

Regional Director, Catholic Social Action
(513) 546-3143 [email protected]