Echoes of Racism: Whispers of HealingCourse Level: Intermediate

Course Summary

Racism has plagued most countries for centuries. This seminar is an attempt to understand what Catholic Christians are called to do in the face of racism.   In Genesis 1: 26, scripture tells us we are made in the image and likeness of God.   If so, then human beings must endeavor to see the image of God in all persons whom they encounter.   This seminar will address socio-cultural underpinnings of racism, and then, discuss possible solutions from a faith perspective.

Successful completion of this course earns 1.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • To understand the roots of racism.
  • To evaluate philosophical and political underpinings
  • To deliberate on sustainable ways to effectively discuss racism.
  • To create viable (Christian) solutions which can replace toxic situations

Course Materials

  • No books required. All readings are online.

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: What is Racism?
    • To understand the concept of racism as a worldwide social ill.
    • To identify tenets of racism.
    • To understand slavery as a root cause of racism
  • Week 2: Identifying underlying effects of Racism
    • To understand the historical, sociological and philosophical factors of racism.
    • To understand how effects of racism still linger on in society today.
    • To identify the teachings of the Church on Racism
  • Week 3: Who is My Neighbor?
    • To evaluate the impact of scripture on racism.
    • To apply the principles of scripture in dealing with racial tensions.
    • To create better opportunities for dialogue