Office of Black Ministries Internalized Oppression Retreats and Workshops

Virtual Retreats and Workshops
Various dates through June 9
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Office of Black Ministries Internalized Oppression Retreats
Various dates through June 9
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Virtual Retreats & Workshops
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The Rev. Lester Mackenzie (center) participates in an I/O Retreat in Los Angeles.

Office of Black Ministries Healing from Internalized Oppression “Who told you, you were naked?” 

“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.”  –Marcus Garvey

Internalized Oppression (IO) Curriculum

Through a series of modules, this internalized oppression curriculum educates participants about institutional, interpersonal, and internal oppression to facilitate a healing process that empowers people for transformational ministry in the name of Jesus.

Among the topics covered:

  • Shame = Silence + Secrecy + Judgment
  • The lies we’ve told and the new narratives we’re creating
  • Historical, theological, and social constructs of oppression

Participants are challenged to personally explore their life experiences through a didactic group process that invites them on a journey toward wholeness.

Retreats (Fridays 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
March 19-20
April 14-17

Workshops (Wednesdays  7-9 p.m.)
Wednesdays during the Lenten Season: February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24
Wednesdays during the Easter Season: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5
Wednesdays during the Spring Season: May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9

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The Rev. Canon Ronald C. Byrd, Sr