Crossroads Anti-racism Training


February 3-5, 2017

Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Light dinner included

Saturday, 9:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Light lunch included

Sunday worship – Focus on anti-racism work in the life of Western

If you would like childcare, please let us know.


You are invited to join other Westerners in a workshop about systemic racism – how it operates in our U.S. society and within the church.  This workshop hopes to create a productive conversation about race and what racism feels like, how our church is shaped by racism in our larger culture, and how we can interrupt systemic racism in our life together.

$10 suggested donation helps to cover food costs.


Jessica Vazquez Torres is a National Organizer and Trainer with Crossroads Anti-Racism and a proven leader with 15 years experience in antiracism, anti-oppression, and cultural competency workshop development and facilitation. She is active in peace and justice concerns, including worker justice, immigration reform and antiracism. Jessica is deeply committed to addressing social structures and cultural dynamics that marginalize and minoritize communities and limit their access to resources. Jessica, a 1.5-Generation ESL Queer Latina of Puerto Rican descent, holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

kara-benderKara Bender is a National Organizer and Trainer with Crossroads Anti-Racism. For seven years she worked at the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), a grassroots organization of older adults working on affordable housing, health care, and economic justice campaigns. During this time, she also helped to develop the Chicago based Regional Partner of Crossroads called Chicago ROAR. Kara holds a BA in Social Work and Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University. Animated by the intersections of structural racism, environmental justice, and liberatory theologies, Kara serves on the Board of Word and World and as an Organizer for the Carnival de Resistance, both of which work to foster spaces where these intersections are explored. Biking, gardening, and traveling feed her spirit and keep her centered.

This workshop is funded by Western’s Mission Committee, with the support of the #BlackLivesMatter Task Force and the endorsement of the Session.

Questions? Contact Jen Druliner