DISMANTLING RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY TEACH-IN Oct. and Nov.

In the spring of 2017, the UUA challenged UU congregations across the country to conduct teach-ins around racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression. We say we WANT to respect the worth and dignity of all. We say we WANT a world where freedom and justice really exist for everyone. So how do we, as individuals and as a faith community, begin to confront racism in ourselves, in our community, and in the paradigms of power that have shaped our society for generations?

The work of dismantling racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression is difficult, long, and uncomfortable work, but we have to start somewhere. We know folks are going to come with different levels of interest, involvement, and commitment. No one is an expert, and we’ll mess up, and try again. But we’ll work together, we’ll make progress, and we hope you will join us.

October 1: Discussion Group
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Deconstructing White Privilege (short video by Dr. Robin Di Angelo, Author of What It Means to Be White). How has race affected your life and shaped your identity? Based on teaching and discussions from Dr. DiAngelo’s workshops at the 2017 UU General Assembly. Led by Kathleen Anderson

October 8: Humanist Discussion Group
9:00-10:45 Led by John Melson

October 15: Discussion Group
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Discussion of Two Short Videos: A Conversation with White People (NY Times) and The Talk (A Controversial Procter & Gamble Commercial), with Jackie Weddington

October 18: CONCERT: DEEPER THAN THE SKIN (One night only!)
7:00-9:00 PM, Sanctuary
$15 each, $30 family maximum. Scholarships available.
Well known singer-songwriters and long-time friends Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway come together to present Deeper than the Skin, an interactive concert that explores their unique histories as a Black man whose ancestors were slaves on a Richmond plantation and a White man born and raised in the capital of the Confederacy. The bridge between them is built of music, friendship, respect, and a passion for building the Beloved Community. Their presentation is an electrifying blend of story, song, outstanding musicianship, and their high-spirited give-and-take with the audience never fails to leave people feeling uplifted and engaged. What better time for building bridges of music, hope, justice, love, and joy than NOW? THIS IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY AND A VERY BIG DEAL – other congregations will be joining us. Please plan to attend.

October 22: Discussion Group
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Eight Tools for Dismantling White Supremacy, Part 1: Learn and discuss real ways you can become a trusted ally for people of color, based on the standing-room-only workshops from the 2017 General Assembly, with JoAnne Hennigan.

October 29: Discussion Group
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Eight Tools for Dismantling White Supremacy, Part 2: Learn and discuss real ways you can become a trusted ally for people of color, based on the standing-room-only workshops from the 2017 General Assembly, with JoAnne Hennigan.