Racism in the Church

A Catholic Conversation

Racism in the Church: A Catholic Conversation

Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

8:30am - 2:30pm

Have you registered for Racism in the Church: A Catholic Conversation yet? 

Pope Francis said, “Racism today is the ultimate evil in our world.”

Dr. Greer G. Gordon’s back by popular demand following the Call to Action Conference this past October. Greer will continue our exploration of Racism in the Catholic Church, specifically here in Baltimore.

We invite you to join us for a prayerful, closed-door (confidential), conversation on the ways in which the Roman Catholic Community can be active in addressing racism and discrimination.  We welcome every interested person to this conversation, and  hope that each parish, and academic institution of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will send at least two representatives to participate. Rooted in the Social Teachings of the Church, the day will offer insights into: the nature of discrimination and racism; the Church’s understanding of racism as a sin; tools for identifying and addressing racism; and the development of a practical action plan.

Included in the day will be a presentation by Baltimore’s Racial Justice Circle.

The Racial Justice Circle [RJC] is “Bridging the Racial Divide with Honest Conversations on Racism.” The RJC is committed to hold these Honest Conversations in parishes across the Baltimore Archdiocese. To learn more about this movement, call RJC at 443-275-1180.

Event Details

Facilitator: Dr. Gordon G. Greer

Dr. Gordon is a Roman Catholic Theologian, author, and lecturer known for her work in the field of apologetics, evangelization, and catechesis. She’s served in administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts and Regis College. Her former Diocesan positions were as a Consultant for Catechist Formation, Oakland, CA; Director of Adult Religious Education and Assistant Director of the Office for Religious Education, Washington, DC; the founding and Inaugural Director of the Office for Black Catholics, the first Office for Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston, Boston, MA; and the Director of the Office of Evangelization, Baton Rouge, LA (This office has now joined with the Religious Education Office.)

Program Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00      Doors open/Registration

9:00                   Program starts

2:30                   Program ends


Early bird tickets can be purchased by Monday, April 9, 2018 for $10; afterwards tickets will be $15 . (We ask you to bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided.)

Purchases may be made below with a credit card and via PayPal.

If paying by check, be sure to note in a covering letter or on the memo line of the check that this is a program registration. Also include a note on which Part(s) you are registering for, and number of tickets.

Make your check payable to 'Murphy Initiative' and mail it to:
1001 W Joppa Rd
Baltimore, MD 21204

Scholarships are available - call 410-823-8585, ext 244.


Additional info: ground level; Wheelchair accessible.

PARKING: Persons attending the program have permission to park on the Maryland State Highway Administration surface parking lots A and B under the Jones Falls Expressway (but NOT on the lot directly behind the 707 building). The entrance to Lot A is on Madison Street; the entrance to Lot B is on Guilford Avenue, just south of Madison, on the left-hand side. There also is parking on surrounding streets and a garage (pay for parking) on Monument Street between Calvert and Guilford. Note posted restrictions!

Event Location

St. Ignatius Church, 740 N Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD, 21202

Event Fees

Program Cost
$ 15.00

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Just Listening: Going Deeper

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Interacting with the Other
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The Saint and the Sultan
The Saint and the Sultan

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