- August 11, 2020
“I cannot breathe — a whisper of healing”
In the past few weeks, we have witnessed the worldwide manifestations against racism. Bishop Shelton Fabre, USCCB chairman of the ad hoc commission against racism says “we are broken hearted, sick and outraged watching another death before our eyes.” He refers to this event and the domino effect it provoked in the whole world as the “latest wake up call to be answered by each of us with conversion.” How I am responding to this call of conversion? What steps am I taking to diminish the stereotypes and racism around me? Bishops Fabre’s statement takes me to consider what the USCCB’s article on intercultural competencies where it talks on how the avoidance to speak openly about racism will continue to spark fire unless we “break” the “do not talk” rule of speaking openly to face racism. We need to find the safe space to talk about our experiences, express our feelings and express the reality of racism in this country. He speaks of the FIG complex that impedes to talk about it fear, ignorance and guilt.
In this context of the “One World Encounter” initiative the Office of Ethnic Ministry, in collaboration with the Comboni Missionary Sisters, presents “I cannot breathe — a whisper of healing” workshop at Comboni Sister Mission Center. It is a workshop intended to initiate a process of individual and group conversion and transformation. This process is carried out with a small group of people, preferably multicultural, in an atmosphere of openness, security, confidentiality, support and love. The methodology of the process includes self-disclosure, reflection, body dynamics. You are invited to take part in this process of healing and transformation by exploring and challenging your customary view of relating to others.
Today more than ever we need to be willing to make a personal and social change in our intercultural relationships to face the reality of diversity of this country and the whole world facing our prejudices, attitudes and behaviors and change them so that others are not intimidated but reassured.