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Needham, MA 02492

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Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

7:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom

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Willie Dwayne Francois

At the Lane Lyceum on October 18 at 7:30pm, Pastor Willie Dwayne Francois, III will speak about his book, “Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race.” He will discuss how people of all racial backgrounds can overcome silence and inaction on race, and advance racial repair. Pastor Francois has a BA from Morehouse College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard University. He is Senior Pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville, NJ.. His book was published this year by Brazos Press.

The First Parish Diversity Committee has ten copies of the book to share with the congregation. Contact Marianne McGowan at to borrow one. The Lyceum will be held on Zoom. It is free and open to all.

Previous Lyceums

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Lane Lyceum: Global Warming and a Climate Solutions Simulator

In our latest Tuesday Night Lane Lyceum, Bob Place walked participants through the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator and then invited input and suggested scenarios from the group. The En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator is a fast, powerful climate simulation tool...

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“Raising Healthy Humans”: POSTPONED!

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The Language of Faith

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Narcissism and How To Recover From Exposure To It

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