Understanding Racism; Building Community Against Hate

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Regarding reservations to take part in the workshop with Shay Stewart-Bouley, we have just learned that due to illness, Shay cannot present the workshop on March 10 as planned.

We have rescheduled the workshop for Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon. (doors open and coffee served at 9:30). 

Stay tuned for potential openings in the near future. 

First Parish UU is proud to announce our workshop leader, Shay Stewart-Bouley, will help us create a safe and respectful space to challenge all of our thinking about race and racism. 

This interactive session is designed to look critically at racism in our communities and our nation by examining the roots of white supremacy and how the past impacts our present. A key goal will be teaching, sharing, and learning practical tools for working in our own communities to combat racism and to start conversations on addressing racism and difference in predominantly white spaces.

This session is a mixture of lecture and small-group work, which will allow participants to deepen their knowledge of racism, examine their own biases, and learn techniques for starting conversations on racism and becoming an ally for racial equity. 

This workshop is limited to 48 seated around 8 tables of six participants each. The Church side entrance will be open at 9:30am. Please arrive early to allow time for parking and check-in. 

Tickets will be sold at a 20% discount until MLK Jr. Breakfast event on January 15, 2018. See discounted prices below.

Leader Shay Stewart-Bouley:

The First Parish Social Justice Committee is excited to announce that Shay Stewart-Bouley will be the workshop leader on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Shay’s fame is spreading fast through her blog and website, Black Girl in Maine (BGIM), which she introduced in 2008. The blog often focuses on matters of social justice and systemic racism. Her writing on race and diversity also has been featured in a variety of Maine and national publications. 

Born in Chicago, Shay had to learn a bit of Yankee ingenuity when she moved to Maine in 2002. She bridged her work with the homeless in Chicago to working with low-income and at-risk youth in Southern Maine. As Executive Director of Community Change Inc. in Boston, she organizes and educates for racial equity. Even though she works in Boston now, she is indeed still BGIM, continuing to reside in Maine.


Until January 14, you can also register and attend our Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast and/or presentation as an introduction to this topic with the same presenter. Select here if you wish to review that event and register in a seperate process.

Understanding Racism Workshop Choices:

May 12th, 2018 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
KENNEBUNK, ME 04043-7036
Phone: 207-650-6998
Event Fee(s)
Adult Participant $ 12.00
Full-time student $ 6.00

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