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Institutional racism workshop at Northern Nevada Mission District

The Rev. Jerry Drino “played to a packed house” when he brought his workshop on institutional racism to the Northern Nevada Mission District at St. Stephen’s in Reno on Feb. 26.

Jerry’s focus was the subtle, sometimes insidious, ways that discrimination is overlooked or accepted (and perpetuated) within society and in the structures of the church. He provided exercises to help us (especially us Caucasian males) realize how many doors have been opened to us – and often closed to others -- based on our skin color and gender.

One of the workshop highlights was the collaborative design by separate groups of the ‘ideal racist diocese’: how major and minor decisions and policies would be made, who would have the power, and how power would be conferred. Jerry made his points with humor, but the message was clear: institutional racism in the church is a reality that calls for redemption. And there are resources to help us address and transform it.

Jerry will do the same workshop for the Southern Nevada Mission District on Saturday, March 12, from 9 to 4. A $10 donation is requested from attendees. - Rick Sorensen