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Services to Particular Audiences

All services include the following considerations:

Assessment to determine the need and the best approach
Design an experience to meet the need, several alternatives may be explored
Develop a goal and outcome statement with the sponsor
Implement the program event, the processes and facilitate new learnings
Evaluate throughout the planning process, during and after the program

Civic concerns in urban and suburban life are challenged by successful engagement around racial and ethnic issues arising from past histories that are impacting our present realities. Racial Sobriety offers an approach which engages racial and ethnic issues challenging the bridge building efforts of elected official, community leaders, law enforcement, the courts and a network of social agencies.

Always open to design a program to address the civic need, the following formats have been successful throughout the country:

Introduction to Racial Sobriety®

This facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach to begin the conversation on racisms. The experience includes the explanation of the three elements of talking about racism that brings on anxiety; facilitates a discussion of finding one’s own “voice” in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History Journal; and introduces other instruments for a continuing understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach. A brief introduction is a two hour program; while a full introduction is a four hour program.

Building bridges between various communities is the heart of community renewal. Coalitions are the result of leaders seeing in each other an ally for their own self interest. In our racialized and ethnically polarized urban, suburban and rural communities, Racial Sobriety is a tool and process to end the “stinking thinking” or racisms of all sorts. The approach traces the historical realities that have pitted people against one another.
It has been used across the country by leaders of various racial and ethnic groups to re-engagement their efforts for building unity. The racial sobriety approach offers time for personal reflection, small dialogue groups and group reporting to the larger circle facilitates and intensifies social transformation. The Racial History Journal process is an experience of sharing one’s journey of racial awareness in a non-threatening way. All the participants will feel bonded and transformed in their experience of breaking the “Don’t Talk” rule which makes it a taboo to talk about race. This shared experience of racial sobriety becomes a foundational experience for a future of open and authentic conversation on a range of issues. Subsequent programming is available for a five step building bridges protocol to support ongoing racial, ethnic and cultural coalitions.

Every community has unique needs. The initial programs listed below have proved successful across the country.

Introduction to Racial Sobriety®

This facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach to begin the conversation on racisms. The experience includes the explanation of the three elements of talking about racism that brings on anxiety; facilitates a discussion of finding one’s own “voice” in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History Journal; and introduces other instruments for continuing one’s understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach.
A brief introduction is a two hour program; while a full introduction is a four hour program.
Racial Sobriety and Working Groups
This six hour workshop takes the Racial Sobriety® approach and demonstrates its use with committees, task forces and other forms of working groups who are entrusted with bettering racial and ethnic relations for their respective communities or organizations. This program includes the Introduction to Racial Sobriety and develops from this core approach its applications for social and organizational transformation.
Executive Leadership Training
This is a 12 hour workshop aimed at leaders who need a tool to get the organization on the “same page” in their conversation on race, ethnic issues. It offers a benefit paradigm so as to move away from a anxiety/guilt model as a motivation for Racial Sobriety®. The leaders will develop their “voice” of racial sobriety as a personal compass to feel their way within their organization or group, and tools to direct a conversation that many would rather not have. The outcome of the training is to equip leadership with the tools to construct a culture of racial sobriety for their educational institutions.
Building Bridges Between Racial, Ethnic, Religious,
Class and Cultural Groups

This learning and training program has been used for ten years across the country. The process has been designed for community use and national conferencing. The protocol involves five processes to constructing a common understanding of how coalition building and cross racial/ethnic/religious/cultural dialogue can be initiated and sustain. The training involves goal setting, vision statement and strategy. The learning involves self reflection, dialoguing, group planning and the sharing of vision. The length of the training is determined by the goals that the group would like to attain.

Corporations seeking to enhance the workplace by providing an environment in which racial and ethnic diversity is taken for granted find Racial Sobriety an approach that moves beyond tolerance. Managers and Directors of Diversity have found that this approach provides a common frame of reference for ongoing discussions and programmatic development. The benefit approach of racial sobriety moves beyond the anxiety/guilt approach that has made discussions of racial and ethnic difference a taboo in the workplace of corporate America.
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The racial sobriety workshop experience offers multiple learning styles in a low key ambience. The learning formats include time for personal reflection, small dialogue groups, and a group reporting that enhances the insights as they are shared with the assembly. The Racial History Journal process is an experience of sharing one’s journey of racial awareness in a non-threatening way. One of the major leaning experiences for an institution is that the “Don’t Talk” rule that makes talking about race a taboo is suspended. The participants experience a shared growth in their appreciation of the team building work of the day as well as enhanced self-esteem in finding their own “voice” around a difficult subject..

Always open to design a program to address the particular learning objective of an institution, the following formats have been successful throughout the country.

Introduction to Racial Sobriety®

This facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach to begin the conversation on racisms. The experience includes the explanation of the three elements of talking about racism that brings on anxiety; facilitates a discussion of finding one’s own “voice” in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History Journal; and introduces other instruments for continuing one’s understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach.A brief introduction is a two hour program; while a full introduction is a four hour program.

Racial Sobriety and Working Groups

This six hour workshop takes the Racial Sobriety® approach and demonstrates its use with committees, task forces and other forms of working groups who are entrusted with bettering racial and ethnic relations for their respective communities or organizations. This program includes the Introduction to Racial Sobriety and develops from this core approach its applications for social and organizational transformation.

Executive Leadership Training

This is a 12 hour workshop aimed at leaders who need tools to get the organization on the “same page” in their conversation on race, ethnic, cultural and religious issues. It offers a benefit approach so as to move away from a anxiety/guilt model as a motivation for Racial Sobriety®. The leaders will develop their “voice” of racial sobriety as a personal way to balance the internal feelings of their own concerns and the feelings and challenges that come with a diverse work force. The outcome of the training is to equip leaders with the tools they need to construct a culture of racial sobriety within their organization.

Educators seeking to create in the 21st century curriculum and learning experiences for their faculty and their students that will bring about a culture of Racial Sobriety in their schools have found this program a powerful tool. The program can engage the faculty in the construction of a new culture for the learning environment and also extend into the student body. The processes and the skill base have been used in every level of education from Junior High school to the university level. The experience can be intergenerational and involve parents and community.
The racial sobriety approach offers time for personal reflection, small dialogue groups, group reporting to the larger circle facilitates and intensifies social transformation. The Racial History Journal process is an experience of sharing one’s journey of racial awareness in a non-threatening way. One of the major leaning experiences for an institution is the suspension of the “Don’t Talk” rule that makes casual conversations about race a taboo. It participants to find their own “voice” of racial sobriety.

Always open to design a program to address the particular learning objective of an institution, the following formats have been successful throughout the country.

Introduction to Racial Sobriety®

This facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach begin the conversation on racisms. The experience includes the explanation of the three elements of talking about racism that brings on anxiety; facilitates a discussion of finding one’s own “voice” in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History Journal; and introduces other instruments for continuing one’s understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach.
A brief introduction is a two hour program; while a full introduction is a four hour program.

Racial Sobriety and Working Groups

This six hour workshop takes the Racial Sobriety® approach and demonstrates its use with committees, task forces and other forms of working groups who are entrusted with bettering racial and ethnic relations for their respective communities or organizations. This program includes the Introduction to Racial Sobriety and develops from this core approach its applications for social and organizational transformation.

Executive Leadership Training

This is a 12 hour workshop aimed at leaders who need tools to get the organization on the “same page” in their conversation on race, ethnic, cultural and religious issues. It offers a benefit approach so as to move away from a anxiety/guilt model as a motivation for Racial Sobriety®. The leaders will develop their “voice” of racial sobriety as a personal way to balance the internal feelings of their own concerns and the feelings and challenges that come with a diverse work force. The outcome of the training is to equip leaders with the tools they need to construct a culture of racial sobriety within their organization.

RACIAL SOBRIETY GRAPHICS 039Participation in the global village requires new skills in perception and communications. In the United
States the awareness of racial and ethnic difference becomes the backdrop for transferring one’s known perceptions to the global partners and their world. Understanding and assessing our issues at home gives a foundation for articulating the emerging issues of racial, cultural and religious difference in the target population to which we are destined. This experience of what has been termed as a “cultural audit” has proved to be beneficial for groups that are concerned about promoting development of world populations that have experience deprivation and a lack of validation for their people, culture and value.

This particular Racial Sobriety experience focuses on the global patterns of culture and how each culture develops a sense of their ethnocentrism and social arrangements along lines of color and blood ties. The racial sobriety workshop engages multiple learning styles to engage the experience of the participants in developing their own reflective powers. The learning formats include time for personal reflection, small dialogue groups, and group reporting that enhances the insights gained as they are shared with the assembly. The Racial History Journal process is an experience of sharing one’s journey of racial and ethnic awareness in a non-threatening way. One of the major learning experiences is an awareness of how cultures use the “Don’t Talk” rule that makes talking about differences in a culture a taboo. The participants experience a new sense of team building and self-esteem as they find their own “voice” for cultural reflection and insight.

Always open to design a program to address the particular learning objective of an institution, the following formats have been successful in past experience throughout the world.

Introduction to Racial Sobriety®
ppl1This facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach to begin the conversation on racisms and ethnocentrism.. The experience includes the explanation of the three elements of talking about racism that brings on anxiety; facilitates a discussion of finding one’s own “voice” in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History Journal; and introduces other instruments for a continuing understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach. A brief introduction is a two hour program; while a full introduction is a four hour program.

Racial Sobriety and Working Groups

do-talk-in-colorThis six hour workshop takes the Racial Sobriety® approach and demonstrates its use with committees, task forces and other forms of working groups who are entrusted with bettering racial and ethnic relations for their respective communities or organizations. This program includes the Introduction to Racial Sobriety and develops from this core approach its applications for social and organizational transformation.

 

Executive Leadership Workshop
four-faces2This is a 12 hour workshop aimed at leaders who need tools to get the organization on the “same page” in their conversation on race, ethnic, cultural and religious issues. It offers a benefit approach so as to move away from a anxiety/guilt model as a motivation for Racial Sobriety®. The leaders will develop their “voice” of racial sobriety as a personal way to balance the internal feelings of their own concerns and the feelings and challenges that come with a diverse work force. The outcome of the training is to equip leaders with the tools they need to construct a culture of racial sobriety within their organization.

The journey to personal development in Racial Sobriety can be pursued in as many ways as there are people. Each person has their own motivation, challenge and capacity for growth. The best way to begin the journey towards healing and wholeness is to attend an introductory workshop. There is a national calendar of workshops offered below, as well as a directory of Certified Facilitators throughout the country who are offering workshops. An immediate way to begin the journey is by purchasing the book. There are formats in the book that provides directions for individual growth and a small group process if desired. For those who are seeking to be leaders in better racial, ethnic, religious relations, there are the various programs for training. And for those who belong to church organizations there is a bible commentary on the Sunday readings as they relate to the spirituality of racial sobriety.
facilitators_shareThose seeking a spirituality that engages the issues of racisms, ethnocentrism and religious bigotry can find an ongoing resource in the Racial Sobriety program. Many religious traditions and Christian denominations have used the program to support their confessional beliefs as they seek to bring their congregations, institutions and pastoral ministers into a commitment to the human family under God.
For those seeking an institutional approach such as education, community organization and global leadership, there are existing programs that can be presented in the context of biblical and confessional tenets. Go to the previous pages to review those offerings.

In the design of our programs, local religious leadership articulates the appropriate spirituality for racial sobriety in their tradition. The following list of past programs exhibit the range of vision and scope that our partners in ministry have realized.

Religious Leadership Programs

  • Assemblies for Religious Congregations
  • Certification in Racial Sensitivity for Presbyteral Ordination
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Cultural Orientation for Pastoral Ministers From Other Countries
  • Diocesan Curia and Juridical Executive Leadership Retreats
  • Diocesan Renewal Series of Leadership Development at All Levels
  • Formation Programs in Seminaries, Convents and Diaconal Programs
  • International Conferences for Religious, Church NGO’s (in English, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Jurisdiction Leadership Retreat Weekend
  • Mission Training for Oversees Assignment
  • Presbyteral Convocations (Week Long)
  • Regional Retreats for InterReligious Communities Collaborating on Justice Issues

Church, Congregation and Parish Programs

  • Changing Faces, Changing Faith Family
  • Building Bridges in our Faith Family (English and Spanish)
  • Lenten Program on Racial Sobriety
  • Confirmation Retreat Weekends
  • Parish Council Retreat
  • Parish Athletic Program In-Service