Truth & Reconciliation Conversations
Dear Cathedral Community,
Thanks to the work of Owene Courtney, Bob Dannals, Tommy Donahoo, Beverly Bonaparte and Joe O’Shields, our Cathedral is now hosting an ongoing virtual conversation about race. Our facilitator is Khalil Osiris. Please tune in to a conversation that changes us all!
The goal of Truth & Reconciliation Conversations is to face racism and find ways to heal TOGETHER. Conversations with members of our community will be held each week. Khalil Osiris, founder of Reflecting Freedom Network, will moderate. His vision for the program follows:
I believe the essence of life is relationships, and the core of our relationships is communication. The very act of having a conversation has the potential to change our personal and collective narratives, especially when we listen deeply and seek to understand others. In this time of social distancing and civil unrest, we need to have painful conversations about how we got here. Reconciliation requires a commitment to truth, which often starts with conversations about irreconcilable experiences.
Each week, Khalil will invite guests to share their thoughts about systemic racism and the civil unrest happening across America and the world. In doing so, we will face racism through courageous listening and painful conversations, and find ways to heal together.
Truth & Reconciliation Conversations Program Format
In Christ’s love
Conversation with Brenda Priestly Jackson, Randy DeFoor and Megan Cochran - Wednesday, August 5
Conversation with Ginny Myrick and Liesl Gavronsky-Howsare - Wednesday, July 29
Conversation with Syteria Torrence and Tommy Donahoo - Wednesday, July 22
Conversation with Kate Moorehead and Bob Dannals - Wednesday, July 15
Conversation with Linda Crofton and Joe O'Shields - Wednesday, July 8
Khalil Osiris is an international speaker whose inspiring talks teach people to break free from their self-imposed limitations . He spent 20 years in prison and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University during his incarceration. Khalil transformed his life and emerged from prison with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self-improvement.