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Rising to Multiethnic Community: An Antidote to White Supremacy

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


All season ticket-holders for our 2021-2022 Freedom Rising Salons receive automatic registration for this event, a $75 value. Click here to buy a season ticket now!

Multiethnic community isn’t easy. It’s also the only way we can uproot the white supremacy that’s poisoning our politics and communal life. To build spaces where all people are welcomed, seen and celebrated, we must begin by facing crucial truths about the interlocking injustices that currently keep us apart. Jacqui Lewis is a renowned expert in multiethnic movement building: In her  more than 15 years as senior minister, she’s helped Middle Church transform into one of the most robust and diverse faith communities in the country.

We invite you to join us for a two-day intensive, where Jacqui will be joined by a host of fabulous guests, who each approach community-building from a different vantage point. Together, we’ll help equip you for the difficult but essential work of fostering space where everyone is welcome, and organized to disrupt the forces keeping us apart. This intensive is held in conjunction with the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Kat Armas (she/her) is a Cuban-American author and podcaster from Miami, FL. Her first book, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, Persistence and Strength examines the intersection of women, Scripture, and Cuban identity. She also explores similar topics on her podcast, The Protagonistas, which centers the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other women of color in church leadership and theology.

Curtiss Paul DeYoung (he/him) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Council of Churches. He has also served as the Executive Director of Community Renewal Society in Chicago, and as Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is the author of Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice.

Andre Henry (he/him) has a passion for making the invisible visible. In the summer of 2016, he began lugging a solid granite boulder around Los Angeles to show the weight of systemic racism on the black psyche. And he founded an activist collective called “Something Disruptive” after police killed his mentally ill neighbor, J.R. Thomas. An accomplished musical artist and writer, he is also the host of the Hope and Hard Pills podcast.

Robert P. Jones (he/him) is the CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. Jones is the author of “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” and “The End of White Christian America,” which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Mary Fashik (she/her) is a Lebanese born, queer disability rights activist, author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator. 

In 2019, she founded Upgrade Accessibility (@UpgradeAccessibility on Instagram and Facebook), a movement designed to challenge today’s accessibility standards. Since its inception, the movement has grown and broadened its spectrum to include disability rights, intersectionality, disability justice, equity and unequivocally supports Black Lives Matter/Black Disabled Lives Matter. 

Through a variety of workshops and trainings, Mary helps companies understand how deeply rooted ableism is in their organizational structure and how to implement important changes. 

She has had a variety of articles published addressing issues such as ableism, the need for more disabled teachers, the stagnant state of the disability rights movement, and accessibility prior to the pandemic vs. during the pandemic.

In 2020, she created Camp Access, a virtual camp experience for the disabled and chronically ill community. 

She was also a founding member of a vaccine initiative online to help support the disabled and chronically ill get vaccinated. She, along with two others, accomplished this via social media campaigns, lobbying, and advocacy. Her work helped many get vaccines during a time when it was extremely difficult for those who were eligible to get it and fought for those who states overlooked eligibility for.

Mary strives daily to shed light on issues affecting those in the disabled/chronically ill community, particularly those that affect multi-marginalized members of the community. 

She was also named an honoree on Diversability’s 2021 D-30 Disability Impact List.


April 23
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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