Grief, Rage & Political Action

Caring for the Black & Brown People from Womanist & Mujerista Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 23-24, 2020

  • Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020

Conference

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Centering
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Session #1 – Rev. Jessica Chapman Lape
10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Break

10:25 AM - 11:25 AM
Session #2 – Dr. Carrie L Castenada-Sound
11:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Session #3 – Dr. Nicholas Grier
1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Break

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Reflection

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM
Sending Forth to Next Day

Public Gathering

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM PST

A community event sponsored by:
Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University and Willamette University

Event Purpose:
To care for the mental health of black and brown Oregonians in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, continual killing of unarmed black and brown people, and systemic racism.

PUBLIC RITUAL
10:00 AM - 11:25 AM PST
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

Musical Introduction

10:05 AM - 10:10 AM
Inviting the Community into Sacred Space
10:10 AM - 10:15 AM

Musical Interlude on Grief

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM
Providing space for the community to process our grief—
naming and processing our grief in context of caring community
10:40 AM - 10:45 AM

Meditation on Grief

10:45 AM - 10:50 AM

Musical Interlude on Rage

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Providing space for the community to process our rage—
releasing our rage in the context of caring community
11:10 AM - 11:15 AM

Meditation on Rage

11:15 AM - 11:20 AM

Public Ritual Wrap Up

11:20 AM - 11:25 AM
Musical Sending Forth to our Call to Action—
acknowledging our feelings constructively & creatively
towards emotional and psychological healing
BREAK
11:25 AM - 11:40 AM PST
CALL TO ACTION
Caring for the Mental Health of Black & Brown People through Community Organizing and Political Action

11:40 AM - 1:30 PM PST
11:40 AM - 11:45 AM
Musical Centering
Dre Dennis, Director of Musical Arts & Business Development
Coloring Mental Health Collective
11:45 AM - 11:52 AM
Statement of Purpose for our Call to Action
Nicholas Grier, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology,
Spiritual Care, and Counseling,
Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University;
Founder & Managing Director, Coloring Mental Health Collective
11:52 AM - 12:00 PM
Jeffrey Kuan, President and Professor of Hebrew Bible,
Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
Grace Stratton, Field Representative from
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s Office
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM
Salem City Council President Chris Hoy
12:20 PM - 12:30 PM
Warren Binford,
Law Professor and Director of Clinical Law Program,
Willamette University
12:30 PM - 12:40 PM

Julianne Jackson, Activist

12:40 PM - 1:15 PM
Q&A with Panelists and the Community
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
Community Reflections:
Identifying and organizing around “First Issues”
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM

Closing Reflections

1:25 PM - 1:30 PM

Musical Sending Forth

Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic
can be difficult,
but you don't have to do it alone.

To care for the mental health of black and brown Oregonians in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, continual killing of unarmed black and brown people, and systemic racism.

"I'm excited to be a part of this team, this leadership and to equip our communities with the proper tools to overcome.”

Tanisha Castellanos
CMHC Director of Community Organizing & Community Care (New York)

Speakers + Musicians

The series included presentations by accomplished musicians, scholars and clinicians. We also made time during each session for the community to dialogue and process their experiences with facilitators.

Meet Your Host

Nicholas A. Grier, Ph.D., L.P.C.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Grier’s writing, speaking, counseling, and community leadership privileges the experiences of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society. He is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, & Counseling at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California and Founder of the Coloring Mental Health Collective.

Privileging the experiences of people on the margins of society, Grier enjoys nurturing cultures of self-awareness, resistance, healing, and liberation to make possible flourishing for everyone in the human village. He works to engage faith communities, clinical counseling practice, academic institutions, organizations, and the general public on issues related to racism, sexism, Black male identity, liberating faith, and depth understandings of people’s personalities and ways of relating to one another.

He is author of the book Care for the Mental and Spiritual Health of Black Men: Hope to Keep Going.

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