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Webinar: Anti-Black Racism and Afrophobia in the Canadian Context

The United Church of Canada, in partnership with the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, is presenting a webinar on anti-Black racism and Afrophobia. This webinar is part of the church’s participation in the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.
Webinar: Anti-Black Racism and Afrophobia in the Canadian Context

Presenters (clockwise, from top left): Carol Duncan, Kofi Hope, Peter Noteboom, and Néstor Medina.

Event details

When

01 October 2018

Where

Online

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The United Church of Canada (UCC), in partnership with the World Council of Churches’ Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, is presenting a webinar on anti-Black racism and Afrophobia. This webinar is part of the church’s participation in the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.

Presenters

  • Carol B. Duncan
    Topic: Beyond the Underground Railroad—legacies of slavery in Canada
    Background: A member of the Anglican Church, Carol works at Wilfrid Laurier University as coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program and professor in the Department of Religion and Culture.
  • Kofi Hope
    Topic: The realities of Black youth in Toronto in schools, the youth justice system, and the workforce
    Background: Kofi’s roots are in the UCC. He is the former executive director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals in Toronto.
  • Néstor Medina
    Topic: Ethnoracial relations, the emergence of anti-Black racism, and connections to the Doctrine of Discovery
    Background: Néstor is a Latino-Canadian theologian. He is a member of a Pentecostal church, but works actively across denominational traditions. His research focuses on contextual, cultural, and liberation and decolonial theologies. He is a visiting scholar at the Emmanuel College Centre for Research in Religion.
  • Peter Noteboom
    Topic: Anti-Black racism, Afrophobia, and the Canadian Council of Churches—challenges and opportunities
    Background: Peter is a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and works as the general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches.

The webinar will be facilitated by Semegnish Asfaw Grosjean (WCC programme executive, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs). It will be moderated by Adele Halliday (UCC team leader, Discipleship and Witness).

How to Join

Cost: Free

Time: 9:30-11 a.m. (ET) / 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (UTC)

Sign up: No advance registration is required.  Visit this link and enter your contact information,  and we will e-mail instructions on how to join the webinar closer to the date. Information on how to join the webinar will also be posted on the UCC website.

For more information, e-mail cim [at] united-church.ca.

Webinar flyer (pdf)

WCC engagement to overcome racism

WCC statement on the doctrine of discovery (February 2012)