Dear Community Member,

We are excited to invite you to our second Healing Conversation virtual discussion on Thursday, October 22nd from 7PM - 8:30PM. Healing Conversations are a monthly series that invites members of the community to engage with informed guest speakers and others on 7 different topics impacting our society today and how they relate to Moral Injury. Each discussion features a different topic.

This month's Healing Conversation topic will focus on Systemic Racism. Speakers and participants will have the opportunity to engage with the following questions:

  • Have anti-discrimination laws been a deterrent to the increase of systematic racism? Why or why not?
  • What are the residual effects of systemic racism?
  • If you were trying to convince someone of the effects of systemic racism, what examples would you point to and why?
  • How have you experienced systemic racism? 
  • In your view, how could systemic racism begin to be eradicated?
  • What steps can we take?
  • How do we make lasting actions combating systemic racism? 

Reading Recommendation:

“The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it”
by Bryan N. Massingale


To register for this month's Healing Conversation, click on the link below:
FACILITATOR
Bishop C. Anthony Muse

Bishop C. Anthony Muse is a minister and former Maryland State Senator representing Maryland's 26th District. A powerful, nationally renowned and respected teacher and preacher of the gospel, Bishop Muse is the senior pastor of the Ark of Safety Christian Church located in Brandywine, MD.
RESPONDENTS
Corey George

A certified crisis intervention counselor and trauma coach, inspirational author, talk show host, anger management expert, life coach, and impassioned speaker, George creates teachable moments harnessed from his troublesome childhood experiences in hopes of inspiring others to survive and thrive.
Dr. Doris Starks

A veteran, former Dean of the School of Nursing at Coppin State University, Founding Director of the Community Health Clinic funded by the U.S. Public Health Service, American Academy of Nursing Fellow, and member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Dr. Starks has worked to decrease disparities in health care, and increase recruitment and retention of minorities in health professions.
Franklin Eastham, Jr.

An instructor on leadership and diversity at Johns Hopkins University and McDaniel College, a Human Rights Commission Chair, and founder and president of global nonprofit REACH commUNITY, Franklin is a sought-after community resource for diversity and leadership development.
Iris Zhang

Iris is a member of the Sunrise movement of Howard County, a youth movement to end climate change by making the issue an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people.
To learn more about our Spiritual Development Colloquium and upcoming Healing Conversations, visit www.voachesapeake.org/spiritual-colloquium.
For questions, please contact us at communications@voaches.org.