Owning Our Racial Bias: A Multicultural Interfaith Dialogue Seeking Reconciliation and Healing

By  Engage Minnesota

Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in partnership with St.Paul Interfaith Network, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota invited those eager to understand racial bias in new ways to both a panel of west metro youth for their experiences with racial bias AND a panel of experienced voices, followed by dialogue among all participants. This event examined realities about racial bias, with the goal of challenging participants to move toward racial reconciliation and healing.

The evening included a meal and small group discussion of the topic.

The event was held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442.

Special thanks for all those who participated in planning for this event.

The Event Convenor – Kim Olstad and taped by John Risken.

There were two panels: youth and adult.

Participants of the Youth Panel:
o Ifeyinwa Ikegwuani, senior, Osseo High School
o Maryam Wazwaz, sophomore, Spring Lake Park High School
o Tyler Story, senior, Wayzata High School
o Alex Sigmundik, creator of RezCycle, graduate of Blake School

o Moderator, Brooke Story, Senior Director, Integration, Medtronic

 

Adult Panel
o Mike Hotz, associate pastor of care and outreach, Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis
o Austin Ihiekwe, recently retired engineer with 3M who came to the US from Nigeria in 1964
o Dorthey Ikeguani, hospice nurse and nursing instructor at North Hennepin Community College, born and raised in Arkansas.
o Christine McCleave, enrolled member from Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe in North Dakota and currently working in the non-profit sector at Indian Land Tenure Foundation
o Fedwa Wazwaz, Interfaith Co-Chair, Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM).

o Moderator, Chuma Ikeguani, Vision Realty

 

Your feedback on this conversation is important and welcome. This conversation is just a beginning of many conversations.

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