Do you long for a more just and inclusive world, yet find your actions falling short of your best intentions? Have you wanted to be in a space with other women that are wrestling with the similar questions about race, justice, and equity?

You’re not alone. In her compelling personal narrative I’M STILL HERE, Austin Channing Brown explores the pitfalls that undermine our attempts at racial justice and offers wisdom for those seeking to move beyond empty platitudes about diversity to become true change agents for God’s Kingdom.

We will journey through the text and begin to think about the ways that we can be agents of change, justice, and equity. Come join with other women as we seek to collectively cultivate a spirit of genuine unity that takes action and honors the image of God in all people.

Brandi Holmes and Liz Peterson, anti-racism educators and Project Curate facilitators, will be guiding our sessions.

Please register by clicking here.

I’M STILL HERE can be purchased through Amazon and it’s also available in the Chapelwood bookstore.

Bios:

Since 2014, Brandi has dedicated her time, focus, and energy to the liberation of all people, especially those in communities of color. She has worked most recently as a Program Manager for the Lazarus Energy Empowerment Program (LEEP), which is a program designed to expose underserved high school students to personal development, financial literacy, college and career readiness, and the energy industry. In addition, Brandi is an activist, community organizer, and strategist dedicated to policy and criminal justice reform and community empowerment. She is Co-founder and the Director of Strategy and Community Organizing for the Imaginoir/BLMHTX-Truth2Power Organizing Collective. She has engaged in criminal justice reform in Harris County and has also helped to implement sustainable and equitable community focused initiatives in some of the most under-resourced communities in the city of Houston. She is also Co-Managing Partner of Project Curate, one of three responsible for the overall strategic direction, planning, development, and implementation of a range of initiatives and projects that aim for broad social impact and change.

 

Liz Peterson is an activist and educator who helps white people understand racism and unlearn white supremacy. She believes in empowering individuals to uncover and reject their internalized biases as they confront the ways structural racism pervades their daily lives. She is assistant director of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project, which aims to raise awareness of the horrific system of convict leasing that ensnared thousands of predominantly African-American men in the years between the Civil War and World War II. The CLLP is also working to properly memorialize the 95 enslaved convicts whose bodies were found at a Sugar Land construction site in 2018. In addition to founding and leading a new racial justice committee at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, she has co-developed and presented a whiteness curriculum for Project Curate and offers private consulting to schools, churches and organizations. She is also a member of the leadership team for SURJ HTX, a group focused on organizing white people for racial justice. Additionally, Liz is the 2018-19 Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the Junior League of Houston and is a founding member of the new Contemplative Lay Council at Memorial Drive UMC. 

 

 

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