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The Night Is Long But Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing--Dr. Catherine Meeks in conversation with Chelsi Glascoe

Event date: 
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Dr. Catherine Meeks in conversation with Chelsi Glascoe for a discussion of The Night Is Long But Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing, a spiritual guide to restoring yourself from racial trauma and committing to the long work of dismantling racism.

In her work as Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Meeks has fought tirelessly to shed light on racism and provide tools and experiences to enable faith communities to work to combat it. In this new book, she shares highlights and insights from her journey and offers a much-needed meditative guide for the weary and frustrated. By looking inward and at each other clearly, she argues, good people of all backgrounds can forge a long term and individual path to making a difference. With personal stories and thoughtful direction, she takes the reader on the trajectory from self-awareness to recognition of the past to a new and individual way forward.

Meditation topics include how to work through fear and rage, how stories can help heal, honoring your ancestors while looking toward the future, what it really means to love one another and the meaning of social justice.

Catherine Meeks, PhD, is Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center's opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Catherine brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.

Catherine is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. She characterizes herself as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth. She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross cultural stories and other books of wisdom.  But her greatest teacher is rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart.  She is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and other radio and television programs. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD and is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and PhD from Emory University.

Chelsi Glascoe is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Social Shifter LLC, serving as a leading visual communications expert. She holds Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Masters in Divinity. 

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Night Is Long But Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing By Catherine Meeks, Michael B. Curry (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Catherine Meeks, Michael B. Curry (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781640655973
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Morehouse Publishing - November 22nd, 2022

From the winner of The President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award, a spiritual guide to restoring yourself from racial trauma and committing to the long work of dismantling racism.


Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America By Catherine Meeks (Editor), Jim Wallis (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Catherine Meeks (Editor), Jim Wallis (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780819233219
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Morehouse Publishing - November 24th, 2016

An unflinching look at the failure to achieve an equitable society with faith-based approaches to a meaningful racial reconciliation.


Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time By Catherine Meeks, Nibs Stroupe, Stacey Abrams (Foreword by) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781640651609
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Church Publishing - September 17th, 2019

"In Passionate for Justice, we find a compass that points us to the future, where we can each give voice and action to justice, equity, and life-giving community. Ida Wells would have had it no other way."
--From the Foreword by Stacey Abrams, 2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia


Event Summary: 
The Night Is Long But Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing, a spiritual guide to restoring yourself from racial trauma and committing to the long work of dismantling racism.