On May 16th, we heard from Frank Staropoli who took us through an exercise of identifying our own implicit biases. The event was advertised under the title:
Our Lenten Retreat has ended – What’s next?
“A Workshop on Bias, Prejudice and Racism:
Divisions Within & Among Us”
Presenter: Frank Staropoli
Frank described the many forces that drive us toward divisions – black & white thinking, like-dislike, approve-disapprove on topics from politics to abortion, immigration, Muslims, and more. We then explored these divisions and thought through what instantaneous responses we have to people based on our earliest experiences and life/home influences.
This workshop extended the themes we began to discuss during our 2017 Lenten Soup Supper series: Local Voices, Global Church.
If you would like a follow-up to this activity, get in touch with anyone on the Social Ministry Committee.
Frank Staropoli holds an MBA and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology. He is an experienced leadership coach, and is currently conducting workshops addressing issues of bias, prejudice, and racism.
For more information about social ministry, or about the Social Ministry Committee, call the Cluster office and leave a message for the committee chairperson, Mary Lisa Sisson. Call: 473-9656