|Sr. Dr. Eva Lumas, SSS|
|North City Deanery Choir|
|Sr. Helena Monahan, CCVI|
Sr. Lumas then offered the keynote presentation on her reflections and own personal stories of building relationships with those who are different from you. She shared six important characteristics of relationship building: 1) Acknowledge there is always more to learn. 2) Learn what we don't know. We only know the world as we see it. How do others see it? 3) It is so important to show up. When you show up in new spaces, be open to change. 4) You might have to wait, but keep showing up. Just because you are present doesn't mean that you will be welcomed right away. Be persistent. 5) Be willing to open yourself up. Don't make those in the present pay for the sins of the past. Believe that this time, this relationship could be different. 6) Find mentors in this work. It is important to process and spend time with others.
In a world that is so divided today, it is important work to build close relationships with those who come from a different cultural background than you. This is also important peace building work. It is much harder to hate or cause harm to someone you know personally and care about, so diversifying one's friendships and communities is an important part of building a culture of peace and nonviolence. The work to end racism and the work of nonviolence go hand in hand.