Anti-Racism Programming 2021
World Council of Churches -Anti-Racism Programming
DOTAC received financial support from the World Council of Churches “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” to sponsor anti-racism programming.
The anti-racism events begun in the fall of 2020 and again in Lent 2021, were continued this summer. In June and July, Marlene Britton, David Rojas Martίnez, Hyerim Park, and Colleen Bernu, led 35 diaconal participants in this important listening and learning. We are most thankful for their courageous vulnerability, clear challenges, and depth of spirit.
On August 9, we held a virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The goal of the sessions is to build understanding about the shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. In the original version, everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. The online version developed during COVID honors the experiential and participatory elements of the in-person original.
Raising awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the United States.
Exploring with Christian Peacemaker Teams, the basic tactics for social change and de-escalation skills.
DOTAC (DIAKONIA of the Americas and the Caribbean) gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the World Council of Churches “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” program to support this anti-racism and indigenous rights initiatives.