Removing Our Blinders: The Soul Work of Undoing Racism

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Category: Removing Our Blinders

For 20 years, Rev. Bill Stanfield has lived and worked in a Black community in

Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO Metanoia

North Charleston as CEO of Metanoia and also an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church.

He is quick to acknowledge that his most important and ongoing work of the past 20 years is tied to the healing of racism as a spiritual journey.

White supremacy is a peculiar disease in that it is carried by one population (white people) but many of its most obvious symptoms are born in another (people of color). Rev.

Stanfield will speak about his own work of identifying and treating the disease of racism within himself and society through his work alongside his neighbors.

Key themes that will be covered will include:  

  • Why healing racism is spiritual work.
  • How white supremacy hurts the bodies of people of color and strangles the souls of white people.
  • Why moving beyond listening and understanding to solidarity needs to matter to white people.

Drawing on fields of trauma research, spirituality, and his own experience, Rev. Stanfield will offer thoughts on how racism is THE critical American spiritual crisis that we must work to heal if we are to move forward as a healthy society.

Modeling a methodology that seeks to make his own work and effort accountable to Black mentors and partners, Rev. Stanfield’s comments will be followed by a response provided by three remarkable guests:

Jamilla Harper

Chief Operating Officer, Metanoia

Bernie Mazyck 

CEO, SC Association of Community Economic Development

Raynique Syas

Metanoia Board Member and resident of neighborhoods served by Metanoia

Attendees (155)

Abby Harwell

Communications Specialist VISTA

United Way of the Piedmont

Adia Daniels

Education and Outreach manager

Pathways to Healing

Alecia Klauk

Executive Director

Chapin We Care Center

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Amie Cooper

Executive Director

Flourishing Families SC

Amy Armstrong

Executive Director

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Angela Hurks

President & CEO

Step By Step Ministry Hope Project

Anita Case

Executive Director

Affinity Health Center

Anna Baumgartner

Volunteer Coordinator

Miracle Hill Ministries

Anne Reid

Chief Development Officer

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC

Artie Hughes

Retired CFO

Shandon Presbyterian Church member

Benjamin Bullock

Vice President & COO

Together SC

Beth Barry

Board Chair

Interfaith Community Services of SC

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Beth Ruffin


The Everyday Inclusionist

Beverly Hutchison

Executive Director/CEO

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Caprice Atterbury


Origin SC

Carmeisha White

Operations Manager

Northside Development Group

Carol Reeves

Executive Director

Just Say Something

Carolyn Rivers

The Sophia Institute

Cheryl Bauerle

Human Resource Director

SOS Care

Claire Bennett

Senior Public Policy Analyst

Arras Foundation

Crystal Campbell

Executive Director

Dorchester County First Steps

Debbie Rice

Senior Philanthropic Specialist

Wells Fargo

Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Duchett Polite Hylton

Executive Director

Jasper County First Steps

Elizabeth Hamilton

Administrative Officer

James Island Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erin Walters

Operations Director

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County

Ernest Brown


North Central Family Medicine

Filippo Ravalico

Director of Operations

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Forrest Alton


1000 Feathers

Geales Sands

Executive Director

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Greta Young

Executive Director

The Parenting Place

Hannah Dixon



Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Janie Davis


SC Human Affairs Commission

Jeni Becker

Donor Ambassador

Windwood Family Services

Jennifer DeWitt

Chief Community Programs Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Jennifer DeWitt

Senior Program Officer

The Leon Levine Foundation

Jennifer Harris

Regional Director of Development

Communities In Schools of South Carolina

John Browne-1

Executive Director


Julie Hussey


Civic Communications LLC

Justin Borrero

IT Support

SOS Care

Justine Allen

Program & Event Coordinator

Ten at the Top

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

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Karen Addy

Development Coordinator

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

Karen Oliver

ECAC Program Manager

SC First Steps to School Readiness


Director of Development & Marketing

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Kathleen Cates

Executive Director

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc.

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Kati McArdle

Grants Manager

Coastal Conservation League

Katie Reams

Community Impact Manager

United Way Association of SC

Kayleigh Vaughn

Exhibits & Programs Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Kelly Strum

Board Chair

Koinonia of Columbia

Keona Prude

Director of Operations & Communications

Pride Link

Kimberly Humphrey

GCS Relations Associate

Richland County Government and Community Services

Lakita Watson

Executive Director

Women in Parks and Recreation

LaQuinta West

Deputy Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

LaTonya Boyd

Executive Director

Chester County First Steps

Lauren Gellatly

Director of Operations

Lowcountry Local First

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Letitia Dowling


Denmark Cares

Linda Grausso

Director of Finance

East Cooper Community Outreach

Lisa Colby

Executive Director

American Red Cross, Upstate Chapter

Luanne Rodgers

Chief Philanthropy and Mission Advancement Officer

Windwood Family Services

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Melissa Ladd

Owner, Facilitator


Meredith Mathews

Program Manager

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Nick Osborne

President & CEO

Lowcountry Food Bank

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Patricia Robertson

Finance & Operations Director

Public Education Partners

Rena Dixon

Director of Health Services

Fact Forward

Rhonda Obanion

Manager, Media Relations

Dominion Energy

Sarah Goode

Prevention Education Coordinator

Pathways to Healing

Sarah Lyles

Executive Director

Palmetto Pride

Sarah Pope


SOS Care

Sarah Skelton

Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Scott Gibbs

Vice Chairperson

Beaufort Arts Council

Selena Anderson

Director, Human Resources

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands

Sharon Beaty

Volunteer & Prevention Coordinator

Rape Crisis Center of Horry & Georgetown Counties

Sharon Thomas


Clemmons Thomas Consulting, LLC

Simone Davis

Annual Giving Coordinator

One80 Place

Stacy Flemming

Wellness Center Manager

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Stephen Baggett

Executive Director

Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

Steven Burritt

Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sue Berkowitz


S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Terri Lottchea

Operations Manger

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Terri Towle

Director of Fund Development

Leeza's Care Connection

Theresa Bowles

Volunteer, Past Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Greenville Housing Fund

Tina L Singleton

Director of Programs

YWCA Greater Charleston

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Tony McDade

Board Member

Hollingsworth Funds

Tori Burke-Koskela

Deputy Director


Veyounder Brown

Volunteer Outreach Director

Lighthouse Ministries

Wanda Austin

Junior League of Columbia

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

48 Other Registered Attendees

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Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

Chief Learning Officer, Together SC