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2018 Synod Assembly

Hello Friend,

We are looking forward to the gathering of the Synod community next month when the 2018 Synod Assembly convenes. We are also excited about our Pre-Assembly event (which immediately precedes the Assembly) and want to be sure to invite you!

On Thursday and Friday, September 20-21 we will once again be hosting Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training to facilitate a seminar on race and dismantling racism at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY.  

This event is open to everyone in the Synod community, regardless of whether you're attending the Assembly itself or not. This seminar will be valuable to both those who have attended Crossroads trainings before and those who have not, taking prior participants deeper while also introducing newcomers to foundational materials. 

Each of us comes to anti-racism work with different backgrounds and experiences. We would love for you to join us, as we know our shared experience will be richer with your presence.

The Pre-Assembly schedule and other related details are below. To ensure adequate lodging and materials for all participants, the registration deadline is Friday, August 24Register now to reserve your spot!

This promises to be another wonderful opportunity to connect with presbyterians from across the Synod, share thoughtful conversations about the issues of our times, and delve deeper into self-understanding as individuals and communities. 
We hope you will join us!

Nancy Talbot
Synod Stated Clerk

Conditioned to Comply:

Understanding & Interrupting the Internalization of Racism


Building on the Introduction to Systemic Racism seminar the Synod offered during the 2016 Synod Assembly as well as several subsequent Presbytery offerings, this workshop will explore the impact racism has on individual and collective racial identity.

The workshop proposes that all of us – regardless of our racial identity – are misshapen and conditioned to live out ways of being that make us complicit in the perpetuation of systemic racism in spite of our intentions. The following objectives will be pursued:
  • Recall and continue building a shared language and shared frameworks for understanding racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice.
  • Explore ways in which US White dominant culture shapes each person racially.
  • Begin creating a shared understanding of the ways systemic racism and the misuse of institutional power interact to misshape our individual and collective identities in ways that threaten our humanity.
  • Explore ways each of us as individuals can interrupt the ways our social conditioning makes us complicit in the perpetuation of systemic racism regardless of our racial identity.
Definitions of key terms – race, racialization, internalization of racism, and white dominant culture – will be recalled and explored in deeper ways than we have in previous workshops.

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 20
1:00 pm     Gather at Hotel
1:15 pm     Welcome
                  Courageous Agreement
                  Hermeneutical Circle:
                     A Practice of Critical & Spiritual Reflection            
2:00 pm     Understanding the Culture of White Domination
                        in the US & the Church
                  Race & Racialization: How do we get a Race?
5:00 pm     Dinner
6:30 pm     An Introduction to the Internalization of Racism
8:30 pm     Adjourn

Friday, September 21
8:30 am      Morning Prayers & Checking-In
10:00 am    Showing Up Differently: Interrupting Strategies
11:00 am    Making Commitments:
                     What can I do? What can we do?
11:30 am    Evaluation
12:00 pm    Adjourn


Participant Fees
There is no participant fee! The Synod is pleased to sponsor the Crossroads Anti-Racism seminar for the benefit of the Synod community.

The Synod is subsidizing meals for the pre-Assembly event and is offering lunch and dinner at a discounted rate for participants.

Tickets for Thursday dinner and Friday lunch are $20 each, if purchased separately. Purchased together, there's a package rate of $35.

Lodging for Thursday night is offered at $70 per person for a double room with an assigned roommate. Private rooms (double or king) are $139.

There are a very limited number of single rooms available. We expect most people will share a room with another attendee. If you would like a single room, it is essential that you complete your registration as soon as possible.

Registration will close on August 24. To ensure we have room to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, please complete your registration as soon as possible.

In Conclusion

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Talbot, the Synod's Stated Clerk.

We are looking forward to this time together and hope to see you there!

The Synod Assembly is our biannual Synod-wide fellowship gathering for celebration, business, and visioning.

Held in even-numbered years, it meets opposite of Come to the Table, which is our Synod-wide fellowship gathering for celebration, learning, and growing.

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The Desmond Hotel
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Thursday & Friday
September 20-21, 2018
1:00pm - noon

Synod Assembly

Friday & Saturday
September 21-22, 2018
noon - 2:00pm


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