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The Church and Racial Justice: A Conversation in Truth and Hope

February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sheen Center, in partnership with the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese, will kick off programming in honor of Black History Month with a panel discussion on the Church’s complicated history regarding matters of racial justice as highlighted in the documentary “Facing an Uncomfortable Truth” produced by Mr. Steve Crump.

Panelists (below) will discuss the paths forward in light of today’s current social climate, including the implementation of equity and diversity initiatives, the role of Black Catholics and young people in the struggle for justice in the Church and society, and the controversial significance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Moderator: Liz Faublas, Emmy-nominated anchor and award-winning producer, host, and author. She is also the founder & managing editor of the private literary company Million$Pen, Ink.

Panelists include:

Rev. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Rev. Joseph Parkes, S.J.

Provincial Assistant for the Pre-Secondary & Secondary Education, East Coast Jesuits

Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN

Member of the Leadership Team for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, East-West Province; Former Executive Director, Pax Christi USA and Former President of the National Black Sisters’ Conference

Steve Crump

Reporter on WBTV and producer of the documentary “Facing an Uncomfortable Truth”

The documentary is available for viewing at

Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, go to:



February 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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