Dates: Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Attend In-Person or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00
We are at war. Regardless of which side you are on, you have been wounded by racism. The lines have been drawn. Race has and is front and center in the world. Watch the media headlines from the first Black president in the United States to wealth discrepancies to the social determinants of health to violence against Black people—we cannot escape the issue of race. Despite the ugly history of racism and increased overt and covert demonstrations of racism, this is a war we can win.
This course offers an overview of the history of racism in America and current expressions—experiences of racism, working definitions, an examination of explicit and hidden racism, and how one organizes to combat racism. The course focuses on racism as a system and social construct to provide advantages to one group and marginalize another group. We will move our bodies and talk about the body in small groups. We will engage in difficult but necessary conversations about race and racism. We will listen to each other and the spirit. By the end of the day, you will have a definition, some history, soul work, encouragement, and a game plan to win the war in your context.
Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr., is the vice president of community relations, director of the Center for Clergy Care, and tenured associate professor of practical theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). He is also the CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Montclair, NJ (Psychoanalysis & MFT). Will is the founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, NJ; vice chair, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School; vice chair, Bergen County Human Relations; and a New Jersey State certified psychoanalyst. He has written numerous books and chapters. Fortress Press is publishing his next book, Rules for 21st Century Radicals: Congregations, Collaboration and Community Change. He is in the process of becoming a core trainer for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. At NBTS, Will teaches a required course titled “Race, Class and Gender.” Previously, he was a staff psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. He hosted a weekly program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was on the radio in New York City. Dr. Ashley works with senior-level executives and law firm partners as an executive coach. Memberships include National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, American Association of Marriage Family Therapists, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.