CCORR Training Events

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” -. Angela Y. Davis 

Anti-racist is a term we hear often, but what does it really mean? Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi is one of many who offers a helpful explanation: 

RACISM: The marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities.
RACIST: One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea.
ANTIRACIST: One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.

The New York Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race is dedicated to creating opportunities for the productive engagement needed to champion anti-racism and equality on all levels of our Conference and the world. But we need allies in this journey. To learn more about how you can get engaged and become a real agent of change, join us at one of the learning experiences noted below.

We look forward to being a critical part of your journey toward advocacy, alliance, and fuller awareness as we aim to quash and begin eradication of the sin of racism in our midst. 

Dominating White Ways Workshop: Exploring the Commonplace Nature of White Supremacy and its Power to Co-opt Us All

This workshop will be rescheduled. New dates coming soon.

White supremacy ideology is perhaps the greatest barrier to achieving socio-political, economic, cultural, and ecological sustainability in the USA. It is critically important that community and institutional leaders grasp the widespread constancy of white supremacy ideology; their conditioned investment in the ideology, and begin to imagine how to collaborate with others to dismantle it.

This daylong workshop will offer participants tools and practices to assess & disrupt how the values and ways of being of white supremacy ideology operate their institutions.


Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop

October 20-21, 2022
9:00am -12:30pm
Virtual Event
Registration is limited to 30 attendees

This workshop is designed to help NYAC clergy, laity, Conference staff, and leadership understand the institutional
nature of racism and the role organizations play in the equation. Oppression-and in particular, racism-is not only a matter of individual prejudice but a systemic, institutional problem of power that requires structural intervention to dismantle. This understanding is foundational to the training.

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Toward Liberation: Building Shared Analysis to Transform Institutions

This workshop will be rescheduled. New dates coming soon.

Toward Liberation is a five-week digital workshop series that explores a power analysis of white supremacy and systemic racism in the United States. The series includes 25 contact hours, which will guide participants through weekly Independent Learning in preparation for the Discussion and Deepening Session where Crossroads facilitators will assist in applying the shared analysis towards institutional growth and change. The workshop series aims to fulfill the following objectives:

  1. Create shared language in their institution for talking effectively about systemic racism, how it operates in the larger society, and how it has an impact on institutions
  2. Analyze what racism is, how it originates and operates institutionally and culturally, and how it has an impact on the identity of individuals
  3. Engage in a comprehensive socio-historical exploration of the development of institutional racism in the United States
  4. Begin to equip their organization with a framework for examining organizational culture and moving toward antiracist transformation of the organization

Each week is focused on a Learning Module which consists of several individual (asynchronous) learning objects in the Crossroads Learning Management System, such as pre-recorded videos from Crossroads staff, interactive learning content, guided research activities, and worksheets to catalyze self-reflection. Each week’s independent learning culminates in a live Discussion & Deepening Session hosted by Crossroads facilitators who use a variety of modalities including large group discussions, experimental activities, small group sharing, and independent reflection to provide a rich learning environment to dig into the application of the analysis.

A cohort of between 24 and 40 participants, including key stakeholders, will journey through the series together with an internal manager to help track and direct the cohort. When filling a cohort is not practical, we will create mixed institutional cohorts within a similar sector (e.g. Religious Communities, Arts Organizations, etc.). A 9:00 AM - 12 Noon three-hour time slot has been selected on Thursday's through the 5-week series, and attendance for all sessions is required to engage in the scaffolded material.

The registration deadlines for all courses is one week prior to the training event or when the attendance maximum is met. 
You must be present throughout the entire class to receive credit for the training.

*NYAC CCORR courses fulfill the NYAC requirement for anti-racism education for all Clergy, Lay Pastors, members of a District Committee on Ordination Ministry, BOOM, Conference Staff, all Conference and District level positions, Lay Leaders (district and local), Lay Servants and Lay Ministries, Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair, and all candidates for ministry to participate in training that addresses the on-going challenge of racism.