Mini Workshop: Change of Presenters! Come to Madison Square Church, 1441 Madison SE, Tuesday, June 14, 7-9pm!

Dear Friends,

Our every other month opportunity to meet for a mini workshop will be offered on Tuesday, June 14 from 7-9pm at Madison Square Church.

This mini workshop on the Doctrine of Discovery will NOT be led by Pastor Emmett Harrison from Oakdale Park Church as originally planned. Instead, Mark Charles has come to the CRCNA Synod for the presentation on the topic of the Doctrine of Discovery and has graciously agreed to lead the CORR miniworkshop. In our two hours, we will learn about this doctrine that was written in the 1400s and how it continues to negatively impact our country today. Mark will also talk with us about the need for lament and of the opportunity for Truth and Conciliation.

For those who have not yet met Mark, he is the son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man. Mark speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. Mark is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial reconciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church, served on the Synodical Study Committee on the Doctrine of Discovery (which has submitted its report for Synod 2016), and is an Associate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He blogs periodically at .

Please RSVP for Tuesday’s June 14 workshop to


The Summer Understanding Racism Workshop
is June 16-18, 2016 at Madison Square Church

We are humbled and energized by the opportunity to work with a room filled with people who care about racial injustice. We are reminded throughout every workshop of God’s heart in this work and our opportunity to be a part of it.

Continue to pray and talk with friends and colleagues about this essential need to dismantle racism together in our churches and communities. To help you, you may invite a CORR leader to a conversation with a committee, small group or individual – just contact us.

The fall workshop is set for October 20-22, 2016

Janice McWhertor