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Date & Time Details: Thursdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb.10, 2022, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Online


Note: Registration and fee covers all three sessions; please acquire your own copy of the book.

Scholarships available: Everyone is welcome at Cranaleith. Request scholarship.

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Caste: Winter Book Circle (online)

Maureen O'Connell, PhD and Tylia Barnes Oladipo

January 27, 2022

Everyone is welcome at Cranaleith!  Request a scholarship here.

Perhaps it is time, in our nation’s struggle with racism, to answer two questions: What stirs in me as I face racism?  And what happens when I take this to prayer?  The first requires of us a difficult honesty and the second a humility that holds out hope to us.

During last summer’s Cranaleith book circle on Caste by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Isabel Wilkerson, participants were deeply moved in the spirit.  This has inspired Ty and Maureen to offer the book circle again –for both first-time readers and returnees – and to unpack Caste in the context of prayer.  We need more conversation and more contemplative prayer to strengthen us in the work of anti-racism personally and collectively.

The book circle will consist of three guided conversations.  We will engage with this rich and moving text through prayer, reflection and discussion.  We will cultivate consciousness around language, like the term “caste” itself; reflect on and share our own experiences with the American caste system in small and large group settings; and develop skills and dispositions for anti-racism work as people of faith.


Maureen O’Connell, PhD
Maureen H. O’Connell is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Religion and Theology at La Salle University. She holds a BA in History from Saint Joseph’s University and a PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She authored Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization (Orbis Books,…
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Tylia Barnes Oladipo
Tylia Barnes Oladipo is Executive Director of the Institute Office of Association and a Mercy Associate with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. As Executive Director, she leads 3000 associates in 11 countries across the Americas, Philippines, Jamaica, and the territory of Guam. She also serves as an Anti-Racism…
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