The Minnesota Catholic Conference will host a Zoom webinar “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Catholic Church Confronts Racism” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 9. The webinar, open to the public, includes a panel discussion followed by a moderated question-and-answer session.
The featured speaker is Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana. Bishop Fabre is chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, chair of the Subcommittee for African American Catholics and current member of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.
Damon Owens is also a panelist. Owens is an international speaker and evangelist, executive director of Joyful Ever After, and first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute. More panelists will be announced in the lead-up to the event.
MCC, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is hosting this forum for priests, deacons, educators and lay ecclesial ministers on the memorial of St. Peter Claver. This is an opportunity for formation and reflection on critical issues of ongoing racial inequality and injustice in our community, and how the Church can respond, upholding the dignity of all human persons and fostering the common good during these contentious times.
This event is free but registration is required. To register, visit www.mncatholic.org/openwideourhearts.
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