St. James’ Episcopal Church
1020 W Lafayette Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
Historic St. James’ Church to host
Emory University Forum on Racial Inequities
Students enrolled in “African American Studies 100: Baltimore Up Rising” to engage in public discussions to explore issues contributing to the Baltimore riots.
November 20, 2015
CONTACT: Allison Robinson, 443-250-4250
Marilyn Harris Davis, 410-299-1996
On December 4th, Dr. Larry P. Jackson, Professor at Emory University, will visit Baltimore with his students to share the research they conducted in his newly designed course “African American Studies 100: Baltimore Up Rising.” The topics studied include Mass Incarceration, Educational Inequality, Residential Segregation, and Healthcare Disparities in Baltimore City, Maryland. The weekend long event will begin on December 4th, between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library.
In the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray that led to the Baltimore riots of April 27, 2015, Dr. Jackson, who is the Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Department of African American Studies & English at Emory University, and his students will share their theories as it relates to the systemic issues which led to the Baltimore riots with grassroots organizations including Right to Fair Housing Alliance, Renaissance Academy, and Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform. “We are hoping to have a vigorous discussion with interested members of the public around all the issues” Dr. Jackson explained.
The weekend culminates with a Forum at Historic St. James’ Church, where the students will present information for further discussion with members of the church and Harlem Park and Sandtown-Winchester communities.
Where: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 829 N. Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
When: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
About St. James’ Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square
St. James’ Episcopal Church, founded in 1824 by descendants of the African disapora living in Baltimore, was first established as St. James’ African Protestant Episcopal Church. St. James’ is the oldest black Episcopal church south of the Mason-Dixon line and the third oldest in the country. From the beginning, it was a church where both slaves and free persons worshipped together.
From its humble beginnings in the “Upper Room” at Park Avenue and Marion Street to the restored church building at West Lafayette and North Arlington avenues, St. James’ continues as a progressive, multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church in the mutual traditions of the Episcopal Church and the African-American Christian experience. St. James’ is committed to the rebuilding of Baltimore City from the inside out, through the creation of character and the shaping of soul. Its community ministries include the St. James’ Academy, an after-school program for children, Curry House, a residential facility for men in recovery. Additional ministries include a St. James’ Food Pantry, Seniors at Play to engage the “young at heart,” Angel Tree prison fellowship, and a community garden/Upton where the harvested fresh fruits and vegetables are donated to the food pantry and St. James’ Terrace Apartments, a senior living community. Lastly, St. James’, in collaboration with the other Lafayette Square churches, hosts the now highly-anticipated annual Palm Sunday “Blessing of the City” of Baltimore, now in its 13th year, bringing together various elected state and city officials and local congregations for prayer, worship, and partnership development at City Hall Plaza.
Today, St. James’ is a community of 300+ members and its rector is The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson.
Our own Lawrence Lanahan will be on WYPR’s Midday from noon to 1:00 pm on Monday, Nov. 9th. He will be on with Urbanite discussing “Truth, Reconciliation, and Baltimore.” Listen here: (http://wypr.org/programs/midday#stream/0)
“Neighborhood Voices: Riots or Uprising?”
Sat, Nov. 7 from 10:30 AM – 3 :00 PM
FREE Neighborhood Voices workshop calls attention to Baltimore’s protests, uprising, and riots six months after the death of Freddie Gray. Workshop will present images from the press for participants to examine how terms and media shape public opinion or undermine a movement. Young, black, biracial, and Latino storytellers from Southeast Baltimore present personal accounts of where they where during these events. Dr. Lawrence Brown, professor at Morgan State Univeristy, will make a special presentation and facilitate a group discussion.
All-day Saturday workshop is hosted at the Southeast Anchor Library. Workshop is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Register in advance; call 410-276-1651between 11am and 7pm. Suggested ages 14 and older. Workshop offsite. Lunch provided. Coffee at 10:30am.
Produced by Creative Alliance, Banner Neighborhoods, and Neighborhood Voices Committee. Funded by Baltimore National Heritage Area and Baltimore Community Foundation.
The Lewin Webinar Series 2015
Roundtable Discussion on Dialogic OD with Bob
Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm (90 minutes)
Maximum Participants: 25
Moderators: Lennox E. Joseph & Brenda B. Jones
Presenter: Robert J. Marshak, Ph.D., MPA, BA.
Register by Nov. 6th (C. Jennings, Systems Technology Provider):
This webinar brings together a small group of experienced OD practitioners and academics with Bob Marshak PhD, one of the originators of the concept of Dialogic OD, to discuss the potential it provides to OD specialists and the challenges it creates for the field and discipline of Organizational Development.
Dialogic OD is the name given to the growing convergence of ideas and interventions based in the interpretive and complexity sciences (e.g., concepts of social constructionism and self-organizing emergence). The Dialogic OD Mindset is considered to differ in significant ways from the historically foundational principles and practices of OD commonly referred to as Diagnostic OD. (See: “My Journey into Dialogic Organization Development” OD Practitioner. Volume 47, no.2. 2015.)
With Bob Marshak, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for OD Programs at American University, Washington, DC and one of the originators of the concept of Dialogic OD, will be participants who have some familiarity with the concept of Dialogic OD and will address the question: “What do you think are the biggest contributions and/or challenges that Dialogic OD provides to the field of Organization Development (OD)?”
About Bob: Robert J. Marshak is considered one of the leading thinkers about the field of Organization Development. He brings over 40 years of consulting experiences with corporations and government agencies around the world. He is a recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as a consultant, educator, and author. More information about Dialogic OD can be found in Dialogic organization development: The theory and practice of transformational change. Gervase R. Bushe and Robert J. Marshak (Eds.). Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.