Weekend with Dr. Mark Hicks

Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dr. Mark Hicks, MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago will lead a weekend of workshops especially tuned for People of Color,* and for parents and guardians of children of color, their teachers, and those with a vested interest in their healthy formation. Multiple events. Registration required.

Register for each event except for the morning worship on Sunday. Use the registration buttons below each event to register.

Friday, October 19, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Fellowship Hall

Race & Spiritual Formation as a Family Matter

Parents and RE teachers across the nation are reporting that our children and youth are encountering racial bias and oppression at alarming rates. As primary educators for our young, how do we respond through a lens of faith?

For parents and guardians of children of color, their teachers, and those with a vested interest in their healthy formation. Topics in this workshop will range from how to create healthy environments that support tough conversations, to exploring how to minister to racial incidents, to resources that accompany the journey. Dinner included.

5:30-6:00 meal; 6:00-7:30 workshop.


Saturday, October 20, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Fellowship Hall

Gathering Our Selves: Spiritual Resources for Healing the Impact of Racism on People of Color

Racism is as old as history itself. While much attention is placed on the eradication of white racism, far too little work aims to repair the impact on those directly impacted by its sting. This full day session is designed for people marginalized by racism and oppression, explicitly, people across the African diaspora, Arabs, Latinx peoples, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, multi-racial people, as well as immigrants and those who native language is a source of oppression. These folks should come ready to use new tools that encourage deeper awareness, resilience, and greater capacity to not simply survive amidst the daily reality of racism, but flourish.

Light breakfast and lunch included. Childcare available.


Sunday, October 21 - 9:00AM & 11:15 AM

Morning Worship - Sanctuary

Sermon: Drop Your Bucket – Dr. Mark Hicks

with Rev. Deborah Cayer and Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Open to all; no registration.

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Commons Room

Connections and Challenges to Race & Spiritual Formation as a Family Matter 

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Commons Room

Dr. Mark Hicks and Rev. Jacqueline Brett will lead a follow-up session to Friday and Saturday’s work that will focus on developing on-going resources that provide support for People of Color*, as well as for families working to mitigate the impact of racism on their children and youth. Come ready to share your questions, stories of success as well as your frustrations.

This session is designed specifically for People of Color, and for families raising children of color and multi-racial children. Lunch included.



Dr. Mark A. Hicks is the Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation. He is the principle author of Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity.  Find out more about Dr. Hicks at: www.markhicksedu.com

* People of Color is a historical term referring to the shared experience of white culture racism upon people from the African diaspora, Arabs/Middle Easterners, Latinx peoples, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, multiracial people, as well as immigrants and those whose native language is a source of oppression