10 Sessions
Every 3rd Wesdnesday of the month | 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Dates:  September 16, 2020; October 21,  2020; November 18, 2020; December 16, 2020; January 20, 2021; February 17, 2021; March 17, 2021; April 21, 2021; May 19, 2021; June 16, 2021


Online via Zoom 
A computer with a video camera is required to participate in this series.

Login information will be sent by email to participate in the series.

Group Size and Commitment

To enable the best possible experience for the participants the group size is limited to 13 people plus two facilitators.  If there is greater interest than the limits for one group additional groups may be formed.

Due to the importance of the group cohesion in session discussion it is important that registered participants make a commitment to this process.  While it is understandable that conflicts will arise and a sessions may need to be missed for understandable and legitimate reasons we ask participants to prioritize this commitment.  Ideally participants would attend all sessions but miss no more than two sessions.  Two consecutive sessions missed should be avoided as much as possible.


The material costs is $40 and includes three books.  The parish pays additional program registration and material fees.  NO ONE should be excluded from participation in this program for financial reasons.  If you find yourself interested in this program but find that the cost is a deterrent, please contact Peter Denio for arrangements to be made for your participation.


Click HERE for a link to the books that are included in this program.  Program materials will be purchased in bulk and made available for pick-up at the parish office.  If you would rather have the materials dropped off at your home, arrangements can be made.  Please include your home address in the registration.


Peter Denio 
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church 

Faith & Racial Equity:
Exploring Power and Privilege


Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege awakens groups to the dynamics of power and privilege. Participants will explore how their faith should inform their response and discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.

This program seeks to help participants:
-Better address racism in their faith communities and workplaces.
-Communicate, welcome, and work toward the embrace of all people.
-Answer difficult questions about race and privilege in the United States.

Sessions Include
- Prayer and Reflection
- Discussion of Reading
- Faith Integration
- Videos and Group Activities
- Spiritual Practices

This ten session monthly program awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. Learn a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege and dive into specific issues related to this dynamic including: affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. 

(see dates and times on the left sidebar)

Session 1 & 2: Orientation
In order to build community and Scriptural grounding, Faith and Racial Equity includes a two-session orientation, during which participants join in prayer, introspective reflection, and holy conversation around their personal experiences with race and privilege.

Session 3: Breaking the Silence
Introduces the theme of privilege and white fragility.

Session 4: The Invention of Race
Discusses the origins of race and racial identity.

Session 5: Socialization
Helps participants begin to name the cultural messages that have
formed their understanding of race.

Session 6: What is Whiteness?
Participants identify how whitness affects their communities
and institutions.

Session 7: Privilege and Education
Participants hear from a guest speaker from the local community, and then explore how racial privilege is embedded in our education system.

Session 8: Privilege and the Media
Explores racialized messages in the media
and our assumptions about race.

- Immersion Experience -

Session 9: The Accused
Explores implicit bias, policing
and double standards around drug policy.

Session 10: Opting In
Guides participants in discerning ways to take action.