Conference on the pandemic and racism

Contact: Carol Long and Nicholas Grier

Claremont School of Theology is sponsoring a public conference and gathering, "Grief, Rage and Political Action: Caring for Black and Brown People from Womanist and Mujerista Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic."

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and unjust killings of unarmed black people in 2020, Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University is sponsoring a virtual Coloring Mental Health Collective conference and public gathering on Oct. 23–24.

The theme for the weekend is "Grief, Rage and Political Action: Caring for Black and Brown People from Womanist and Mujerista Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic." One purpose of the event is to acknowledge our grief and rage that stems from the COVID-19 pandemic and continual killing of unarmed black people throughout the United States. An aim will be to engage our feelings of grief and rage constructively and creatively as fuel for healing- and justice-oriented action.

The weekend will feature mental health professionals, community and public leaders, scholars, artists and other members of the community.

Conference on Friday, Oct. 23

  • Theme: “Grief, Rage, & Political Action: Caring for Black and Brown People from Womanist & Mujerista Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Speakers: Dr. Carrie L Castaneda-Sound, Dr. Carroll Watkins Ali and Rev. Jessica Chapman
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT
  • Cost: students $20, professionals $50
  • Friday registration 

Public gathering on Saturday, Oct. 24 

  • Event Purpose: to care for the mental health of black and brown Oregonians in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, continual killing of unarmed black and brown people, and systemic racism
  • Guest speakers: CST President Jeffrey Kuan, Grace Stratton from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s Office and other community leaders
  • Other events: meditations on grief and rage, public ritual, music, naming and processing our grief in context of caring community, call to action and community reflections
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT
  • Cost: free
  • Saturday registration

We look forward to seeing you.

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