Join Faith Matters Network, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, for Re-Visioning Racial Justice in White Faith Communities.The Event will take place November 18-19, 2015 at the Watershed Center in Millerton, New York.
In the wake of the massacre of nine black congregants at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Showing Up for Racial Justice sponsored a nationwide call for white faith leaders interested in cultivating responses of support for the victims and the congregation. Over 400 leaders joined the call hungry to act but unsure of what to do.
This pilot gathering, conceived of by a multi-faith, multi-racial coalition of leaders, is one response to that call to action. It will bring together 30 faith practitioners to explore what necessary and critical difference faith and moral leaders can make toward an emerging national dialogue on race in America and strategize about the particular role of white faith leaders in disrupting systems of racial oppression in their communities.
White faith leaders are in the unique position to leverage the power of moral persuasion to influence members of their congregation to begin the hard work of dismantling structural racism in their communities. This will involve an intentional effort to address the ways in which white supremacy operates within our faith communities, theology, and doctrine as well as an examination of the how implicit and explicit bias manifests individually.
The goal of our time together is four-fold:
- Boldly and courageously re-envision a white identity through an anti-oppression/racial justice lens
- Center the unique contributions and grounded spiritual practices for faith communities as an asset in racial justice work
- Thicken relationships among leaders by cultivating a culture of collaboration and mutual accountability
- To glean best practices from leaders in the room and discern next steps to better equip white congregations and faith leaders with tools to enter into racial justice work and move it forward.