ASDIC - TESTIMONIALS
The ASDIC experience is rigorous, compassionate, respectful and non coercive. ASDIC participants undertake an intellectual and emotional examination of the historical social, political, and economic factors that continue to divide, limit,and exclude. Patient, kind. and supporting, the ASDIC Facilitators invite each participant to walk with them to explore the bitter and ugly places that are typically denied or avoided, Out of this process participants experience glimmers of a society beyond denial, shame, guilt, and rage a society constructed on compassion, community, justice, hope, and love. Certificate of Achievement Award, Hamline University, Division of Student Affairs, May, 2007:
"I have waited thirty years to witness and participate in a circle tackling racism. I am so proud and feel complete to move forward in my journey to creating an anti racist community."
- Kia Moua, Resident of St. Paul's West Side, ASDIC participant
"The ASDIC Circle has been a rich experience for me. Developing a mature understanding of how racism impacts all of our lives, is an important obligation we owe ourselves if we are committed to building communities based on justice and peace with one another. ASDIC challenged me at a deep level but always within a spirit of hope and joy for the world we can build together."
- Rep. Carlos Mariani Rosa
"The ASDIC experience is transformative because it encourages participants to engage deeply and honestly on a topic we have been socialized to avoid. Through the readings, videos and dialogue I have found renewed hope that by building "beloved communities", we can and will confront and dismantle systemic racism. Our ASDIC Circle lasted twelve weeks, but the knowledge and insight I gained will last a lifetime. Thank you!"
- Maria McNamara, Member of Cherokee Park United Church
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call me at 651-227-4275 or Email me.
Timothy M. Johnson, Pastor