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Sacred Citizenship

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Becoming a Better Ally to the African American Community led by Rev. Joan Crawford

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Are you ready to collaborate with others to dismantle systemic racism? Do you have the skills to be an effective ally to people of color? Are your well-intentioned comments sometimes perceived as insults to black folks? Join Joan Crawford for this day-long retreat that will not only increase your awareness of racism but also deepen your understanding of the African American perspective on race in the United States. Joan strives for a better understanding between the African American and Anglo American communities. This retreat is open to the public.

Joan will also lead a weekend retreat Howard Thurman, African American Mystic and Prophet at Holy Wisdom Monastery starting on Friday, May 3, 2019 if you wish to learn even more. Come to one or both.

Retreat leader

The Reverend Joan Crawford is a Spiritual Director, Deacon and Benedictine Oblate. In 2014 she retired from special education to devote more time to ministry. Joan’s email address (ecumenicalhope@gmail.com) reflects her ecumenical background and inclusive vision. She was christened in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church; baptized in the Roman Catholic Church; and was later a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In 2017 Joan was ordained a deacon in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) and now serves Guardian Angels ECC Church in Tempe, Arizona. She recently transferred her Oblate enrollment from Holy Wisdom Monastery to The Community of St Mary of the Annunciation (OSBCn/Episcopal) also in Tempe. Joan received a Master of Theology from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard Illinois; and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Dominican Center in Racine Wisconsin. Her ministry now includes workshops to promote interracial healing and dialogue. Joan brings spiritual awareness, insightful humor, and tender seriousness to her presentations. Her candor, sensitivity, and deep listening will help instill the building blocks for better understanding between the African American and Anglo-American communities.





Register by April 18, 2019.
There is a 50% refund until the April 18, 2019 registration deadline, no refund after the registration deadline.


May 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States


Carolyn McGinley
608-836-1631, x119