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 (111)

Abby Harwell

Communications Specialist VISTA

United Way of the Piedmont

Adia Daniels

Education and Outreach manager

Pathways to Healing

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

Anita Case

Executive Director

Affinity Health Center

Anna Baumgartner

Volunteer Coordinator

Miracle Hill Ministries

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

Beverly Hutchison

Executive Director/CEO

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

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

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

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

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Hannah Dixon



Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Jeni Becker

Donor Ambassador

Windwood Family Services

Jennifer DeWitt

Vice President, Community Initiatives & EDI

Lowcountry Food Bank

Jennifer Harris

Regional Director of Development

Communities In Schools of South Carolina

John Browne

Executive Director


Julie Hussey


Civic Communications LLC

Justine Allen

Program & Event Coordinator

Ten at the Top

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

kara anderson



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 & Donor Communications 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

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Pride Link

Kimberly Humphrey

GCS Relations Associate

Richland County Government and Community Services

LaQuinta West

Center Manager

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

LaTonya Boyd

Parent Educator Supervisor

Chester County First Steps

Lauren Gellatly

Director of Operations

Lowcountry Local First

Leigh Thomson

Deputy Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Letitia Dowling


Denmark Cares

Linda Grausso

Director of Finance

East Cooper Community Outreach

Lisa Colby

American Red Cross, Upstate Chapter

Luanne Rodgers

Director of Philanthropy and Mission Advancement

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

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

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

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

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

Theresa Bowles

Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Greenville Housing Fund

Tina L Singleton

Director of Programs

YWCA Greater Charleston

Tony McDade

Board Member

Hollingsworth Funds

Tori Burke-Koskela


29 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

Chief Learning Officer, Together SC