Join us for
Creating a Safe Space to Talk About Race
A FREE workshop series aimed at helping our community understand race and how to promote racial equity
The 4-part workshop series will take place virtually from 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST on the following dates:
Understanding Race: Thursday, May 27
This session looks to define race and discuss whether or not it is a valid way to group people.
Why Race Exists: Thursday, June 3
We will explore the origins of race and how it has transformed our society. This workshop will look at the creation of “Whiteness,” “Blackness,” and “Indian” as examples of the construction of race.
A World Without Race: Thursday, June 10
This session will discuss systemic injustice and the things that fuel it. We will explore what it would take to undo racial divisions and promote unity.
Where We Go From Here: Thursday, June 17
Given what we have learned, what are some individual and collective next steps we can employ to dismantle systemic injustice in our community? What can we build in its place?
Creating a Safe Space to Talk About Race is facilitated by Dishon Mills, who studied sociology and African American Studies at Harvard University and has been involved in numerous efforts to promote racial healing. The series is geared for those connected to the Waltham community. To ensure confidentiality, the sessions will not be recorded. This is not a religious or political event.
REGISTRATION: To participate, please register below and the ZOOM link will be sent to you. In order to create a safe and productive space, we ask all participants to agree to these Ways of Being. We ask that you register at least 2 days before the workshop you wish to attend. If you have any special needs or need translation services, please let us know on the registration form at least 2 days before the workshop you wish to attend.
JOURNAL: As part of the workshop series, participants will be asked to keep a journal. There is a PDF version of the journal for those who prefer to it print out and write their answers, and another version of the journal in Word for those who prefer to type. Both contain the same questions, however the PDF version contains images from the series.
Upcoming Community Events
Artwork by Fiona Mamai, Maria Photinakis, and Delanie Pon
Special thanks to our partners
This event is supported by the Waltham Cultural Council.
Please click here for a partial list of resources to widen your understanding of race, people from different people groups, and how we together can pursue racial unity. We do not endorse every resource and not all of the thinkers agree. However, the works listed represent important voices in the ongoing conversation.
"The kaleidoscope reveals reality. It shows us that what we perceive as different pieces are really part of the same beautiful picture."
Grace Christian Church is excited to present Kaleidoscope, a series of events that celebrate the beautiful diversity of our community and create spaces to talk across man-made divisions. We dream of a Waltham community that is profoundly united in its diversity.
Kaleidoscope Festival 2018 Video
Kaleidoscope Festival 2019 was great!
Thanks to our partners for making the Festival a great success:
We Are Not Afraid