Catechetical Workshop

Created in Christ: Combatting the Sin of Racism, Grand Rapids

January 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Virtual Workshop

Join us for a FREE 3 hour Virtual Workshop being offered exclusively for Catholic School Teachers in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI. This Workshop will focus on helping your students address and overcome the sin of Racism. This Workshop gives you a chance to explore content with a respected speaker, as well as discover and learn practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials.

This workshop is only open to Catholic School Teachers in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI. It will take place via Zoom. To Register click here.

Schedule


12:00-12:15pm
Welcome and Introduction

12:15-1:00pm
The Dignity of the Human Person
Engage in activities to help your students come to a deeper understanding of the dignity of the human person. For part of the session, teachers will be grouped in Breakout Rooms, so that there can be fruitful discussion and activities.

1:00-1:30pm
Combatting Racism Part 1
Enjoy the first presentation by Danielle Brown from the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

1:30-1:40pm
Break

1:40-2:20pm
In Christ is the Victory
Engage in activities to help engage your students in ways that will help them come to a deeper understanding of the solution to racism. For part of the session, teachers will be grouped in Breakout Rooms, so that there can be fruitful discussion.

2:20-2:50pm
Combatting Racism Part 2
Enjoy the second presentation by Danielle Brown from the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

2:50-3:00pm
Additional Resources, Evaluation

This workshop is only open to Catholic School Teachers in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI. It will take place via Zoom. To Register click here.

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.

Spriritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.

Practical Application

Practical Application

A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.

Presenters

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Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry.  Jose has led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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Danielle M. Brown is the Associate Director of the ad hoc Committee Against Racism at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In her role there, amongst many other duties, she speaks to dioceses, apostolates, and pastoral associations on various topics related to the Committee’s work and its relationship to evangelization; writes and edits pastoral tools as well as topical reports; and advises the Committee on all aspects of their work. Born and raised in the Archdiocese of Detroit, she is a lawyer licensed in the State of Michigan and a former Michigan Supreme Court appointed Commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. Before coming to the USCCB in May 2018, she served on several boards, commissions, and ministries, and co-founded one of the first I.D.916 chapters, a young adult discipleship model created by Ann Arbor based Renewal Ministries. She was a diocesan delegate to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Convocation of Catholic Leaders and the National Black Catholic Congress in 2017. Prior to joining the conference, she was a three-time governor appointed appellate administrative law judge in unemployment and workers compensation for the State of Michigan. Before those terms of service, she was an administrative law judge and an assistant deputy legal counsel to the Governor of the State of Michigan.

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