Big Conversation


Big Conversation

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Part 3: The Big Conversation 2018

Who:   All are Welcome!

What:  A Communitywide Civil Conversation on Dismantling   Racism

Title:  “I Didn’t Know… Exploring Racism   and Privilege in Our Community”

When:   Sunday January 14 – 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Where:   Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Hall                                     10210 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, Maryland

 The conversation will begin with five local community leaders sharing their experiences and stories about racism and privilege in Southern Maryland.  Then in small groups, led by trained facilitators from the Community Mediations Centers of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, we will listen deeply to each other as we share our experience and stories.  How often do we have an opportunity for Blacks and Whites to talk to each other, to share and understand our community and life experience?  The groups will consider what needs to be done to dismantle racism, what we as individuals and a community can do, and what is being done already. Finally, we will develop suggestions for how racism might be dismantled in Southern Maryland.

Speakers include:

Michael Kent,  President, Calvert County Branch NAACP

Dr. Carmen Phelps, Executive Director, Institutional Equity and Diversity for  College of Southern Maryland

Dr. Michael Shisler,  Principal, Beach Elementary, Calvert County Public Schools

Kirsti Uunila, Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning

Sandy Walker, Supervisor of Equity and School Improvement for Calvert County Public Schools

Partners:  Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Big Conversation Committee is pleased to join with seven partners in supporting this conversation: Calvert Library, College of Southern Maryland, Community Mediation Center of Calvert County, Community Mediation Center of St. Mary’s County, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, NAACP Branch of Calvert County, and the NAACP Branch of St. Mary’s County.

 Special Notes:

Parking is in the back lot behind the Great Hall. There will be a drop-offs area and handicapped parking near the entrance of the Parish Hall.

If you need child care please inform the parish office (410-326-4948) by Friday, January 12.


A Civil Discussion on Racism and Privilege
In 3 Parts

All are Welcome!

The topic for the 6th Annual Big Conversation 2017 -2018 is racism and the role of white privilege in America and Southern Maryland.

This topic requires more than one Sunday to digest and understand. Therefore, this year’s Big Conversation is presented in three graduated parts, allowing all of us to look at various aspects of the national problem before we address the topic in the context of our home -Southern Maryland.

Everyone is invited and welcome to participate in all or some of the parts.


Part 1: Book Study (click the Part 1 book study  on right for more information)

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America by Dr. Catherine Meeks. This book study is offered in two formats: a live discussion group and an online discussion group. Both formats are open to all.

  • A Live Book Study on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Hall from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. October 8 – November 12. Each week will feature a guest discussion leader from the community. Child care is available, call the parish office 410-326-0=4948 ASAP to register your child.


  • Online Facebook Discussion on Wednesday evenings 10/ 11 to 11/15 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the same guest discussion leader. You can participate from the comfort of your home with your computer.  Pre-registration is required. Join the group beginning 10/8 at
  • If you are unable to attend the Live discussion at any time on Sundays, please join the online group on Wednesday evenings.

Part 2:   Free Screening of the Documentary/ film “13th” and Discussion

December 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Hall, Lusby, Maryland

(Click the Part 2 documentary/film on the right for more information.)

The committee hopes in establishing this background, we will all be better prepared to open our minds and hearts to a civil conversation concerning racism and privilege in our own communities with the  6th annual BIG CONVERSATION event on January 14 at 2:00 pm.