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In-Person Antiracism Analysis

Greater Philadelphia Area (September 5th - 7th)

Roots of Justice, Inc., (ROJ) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a world where work for justice in love enables all to live authentic and fulfilled lives. As an organization, we seek the liberation of all persons from oppression, by providing strategies and tools for educating, organizing and renewing persons, institutions and systems.


We recognize that often fees stand in the way of persons working through both their internalized racial oppression and internalized racist superiority. In collaboration, Roots of Justice, Schowalter Foundation, and Mosaic Mennonite Conference are offering an anti-racism analysis training at a discounted rate. While this training is meant to support religious leaders in their antiracism journey, all are welcome to attend ROJ's foundational antiracism training. We hope that you will take advantage of these discounted rates from the standard rate of $375. 


Mosaic Conference Members: FREE 

General Public Admission: $250 


Location: Philadelphia Praise Center- 2336 South 18th Street, Philadelphia


The ROJ Anti Racism Analysis Training includes: 


Exposure to a systemic analysis of racism and build a common language and understanding of racism 

Examination of the historical, sociological, theological framing and basis of racism in the U.S.

Examination of intersectionality and implicit bias

Establishing and development of team relationships while addressing system racism

Establishing and deepening the philosophical and/or theological foundations for antiracism work



Click "Register Today" to register for this training.


Training Team: 


CALENTHIA DOWDY | PHILADELPHIA, PA


Calenthia S. Dowdy, Ph.D. (she/her) is a cultural anthropologist and college professor. Her academic research took place in Brazil where she enjoyed the fusion of Indigenous, African, and Portuguese cultures. She is trained in antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and also works in public health with communities dealing with trauma and the connections between body, mind, spirit and wholeness. 


Dowdy’s life adventures include working as a youth minister, kindergarten and eighth grade teacher, sailing the Sea of Galilee, and dancing with the Quechua people in the mountains of Bolivia. She received a Women’s Way Powerful Voice Award in 2016, completed the International Inside-Out program for prison education in 2019, and was awarded a Red Ribbon Award from the Penn Center for AIDS Research in 2020.


LORIE HERSHEY | PHILADELPHIA, PA

Lorie’s (she/her) life focus is to create spaces for healing, justice, equity, spiritual care, and growth. She was pastor at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship for 15 years and previously worked as a music therapist. Growing up in a primarily White, middle-class, rural setting, she also has lived experience in small-town and mid to large-size city settings. She attended her first Damascus Road Training in 2009 and is committed to dismantling racism and oppression, building equity and justice, owning her own complicity and need for growth, and collaborating with others to create a world where all can thrive. Lorie serves on the board of POWER Interfaith, a faith-based community organizing group in Pennsylvania. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.


​HENDY MATAHELEMUAL | PHILADELPHIA, PA

Hendy Matahelemual (he/him) was born and grew up in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. He graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, with a Bachelor's degree in law. He worked in the music entertainment industry and in a law office before being called to full-time ministry. He served as a pastor at Elshaddai Creative Community in Bandung before moving to the U.S. He received a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2019. He serves with Mosaic Mennonite Conference as associate pastor for community engagement. 



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