Healing the Wounds of Racism (HWR) oversees the Eastern PA Conference’s primary anti-racism training program for clergy and lay leadership in operation for over two decades. Today the training series is named Dismantling Racism, and it is offered in two levels—basic and advance.
All active clergy, certified lay ministers, conference staff and members of conference boards and committees are required to take the basic, Level 1 anti-racism course once. Active clergy must also take a Level II Dismantling Racism training each quadrennium. The Healing the Wounds of Racism Accountability Core Team, HWR trainings began after the 1996 Annual Conference passed its Plan toward the Elimination of Racism within the Eastern PA Conference.
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The Eastern PA Conference Healing the Wounds of Racism (HWR) CORE Team will host “Courageous Conversations on Race and Reconciliation” in a new, online Dismantling Racism Level II workshop on Zoom, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9 AM to 12 PM.
“Courageous Conversations on Race and Reconciliation: Getting Started” will introduce participants to best practices for stimulating enlightening, cooperative, productive discourse on what is still a difficult topic for many people: understanding race and overcoming racism. Presenters will include experienced racial discussion leaders from First UMC of Germantown (FUMCOG), St Luke UMC in Bryn Mawr, Arch Street UMC, Grandview Church, and the conference’s Whites Confronting Racism cohort.
HWR co-coordinator Mert Shane will offer an opening explanation of the history and formation of “accountability groups” in EPA, which were key to HWR’s longtime, bridge-building ministry.