African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  December 2017 
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"Spirituality is faith lived.  As such, it encompasses the totality of personal and collective responses to religious belief - relationships, morality, worship, and daily living.  As Christians, we strive to understand and to act in a way that makes us part of the reality that is the will and purpose of God."  - Sr. Thea Bowman FSPA, as quoted in Shooting Star: Selected Writings and Speeches.
Advent Video - The Gatekeeper 
 
Start each week in Advent with this 3-4-minute video teaching and reflection.  Subscribe to the series (free) by contacting howardetsm@yahoo.com.  May you have a blessed Advent Season.






Register for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers, February 15-17, 2018 in Baltimore
 
Register for BICM Training of Trainers, February 15-17, 2018, in Baltimore - USCCB only offers this trainer version of Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers bi-annually. Contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at diversity@usccb.org.

Now Available - The National Black Catholic Congress XII Pastoral Plan of Action  
 
The National Black Catholic Congress XII Pastoral Plan of Action includes Preamble, 7 topics and examples of Pastoral Strategies and Diocesan Initiatives.   

Region X Unity Explosion 2018 - Evangelization and Liturgy Conference 
 
Region X Unity Explosion 2018 - Evangelization and liturgy conference - save the dates June 6-10, 2018 in Archdiocese of San Antonio.  

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4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering July 27-28, 2018: Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: Standing on the Promise
 
Save the dates July 28, 2018 for the 4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering sponsored by National Black Sisters' Conference in New Orleans.   For more information call 202-529-9250 or email thenationalblacksistersconfer@verizon.net .
 
Tolton: From Slave to Priest 

Tolton: From Slave to Priest - Stage production opened October 5th in Chicago. To schedule a presentation, donate and learn more, call 360-687-8029 or visit their website. Consider partnering with neighboring dioceses to offer performances at 3-5 venues within a region. 
  
Visit the African American Affairs Webpage 
 
Visit the African American American Affairs webpage for updates.  Read a new seasonal message from the Assistant Director.  View updates from the Events page and new links on Timely Resources page. 

Coming in April 2018! 
 
Coming in April 2018! A gathering for African American and Native American Deacons and their wives. 


US Conference of Catholic Bishops - 
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (SCDC)
Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director 
Subcommittee on African American Affairs
| 3211 4th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017 | 
 | Email: dgrimes@usccb.org | Telephone: 202-541-3178 | Website 

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