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Sisters to host ‘Racial Wealth and Income Gap Experience’

Join the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice on Sept. 26, for “Racial Wealth and Income Gap Experience,” from 9 a.m.-noon.

Sister of Providence Emily TeKolste, who ministers with NETWORK, will facilitate the event, via Zoom, which will explore the realities of structural racism through an interactive activity while participants will develop the skills of transformative conversation by practicing real conversation across political divides.

The day will conclude with chances to try new forms of advocacy, in partnership with NETWORK.

“The workshop is a combination of two of the most popular workshops NETWORK offers,” Sister Emily said. “They are The Racial Wealth and Income Gap and Transformative Conversations. We’ve adapted both of them to offer via Zoom and as part of one comprehensive workshop during this time of Covid-19.

“These workshops are both particularly timely as we as a nation discern who to elect to the office of President for the next four years and as we see the conversations around Black Lives Matter continuing and even increasing in intensity.”

Sister Emily added the responses she has seen from those attending the workshop are outstanding.

“We often have three types of responses,” she said. “The first – most often from white participants – is ‘I had no idea!’ The second is that people had a sense of these disparities but didn’t really understand why they existed. And the third – most often from Black participants – is ‘Of course. And this workshop presents it so clearly and in such an impactful way.’

“We learn about the past in order to envision a future that addresses the issues created by the past and present. We learn the skills to help move our society toward the future.”

The event will be virtual, but the Sisters of Providence will have a screen set up for a limited number of people who don’t have the ability or access needed to attend virtually from home. Those interested in taking part should register by Sept. 21. A link will be sent once registration is complete.

Spots for those wanting to participating virtually at our on-campus site will be a first-come, first-serve basis, as there will be a limit of 10 persons in The Foley Room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center.

Freewill donations will be warmly welcomed.

For more information, click here or call 812-535-2952 or email provctr@spsmw.org.

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About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 250 women religious, with more than 280 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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