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Brave Space. White Privilege: Clergy, Let's Talk


Clergy have been asking what is the first or next faithful step in anti-racism work within our churches and communities. In listening to the wisdom of people of color long involved in this work, the answer is that white people need to explore what it is to be white; dialogue about history and being shaped by race; uncover how social and institutional systems have evolved from an assumption that whiteness “is the norm”; understand how the Church is one of these systems; and then, take the next faithful step towards acting against interpersonal and systemic racism.


White clergy in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences are invited to enter into Brave Space and join a facilitated clergy cohort to work in depth through the UCC’s curriculum White Privilege: Let’s Talk. If you have worked through this curriculum before, you are encouraged to join again because new learnings emerge each time.


This work requires creating Brave Space. Participants must summon the courage to be authentic, speak openly, take risks, explore, experiment, learn, and change. Brave spaces require a commitment to stay engaged, to not shy away from the discomfort real learning and growth require, and to be open to letting go of previous ways of understanding. Brave spaces are not “safe”; they can be by their nature challenging. And, they are what is needed in this time and place.


This opportunity is but one part of the Conferences’ commitment to advocate for justice, work against racism, and dismantle systemic oppression. In the coming months and for years to come, there will be additional opportunities in the Conferences. We’ll expand our conversations and learnings together and come to host Sacred Conversations on Race.


Please join us in creating Brave Space and engaging in conversations about whiteness, history, and systemic racism. These learnings are foundational for all other racial justice work.


Clergy participants, commit to:

  • Engage with a specific clergy cohort with up to 8 other clergy and 2 facilitators. Cohorts meet via Zoom.
  • 6 weeks of group work in your specific cohort. 1 session each week each session lasting 2 hours.
  • Attending all 6 session. This is vital to the group and to individuals.
  • Completing homework between sessions including readings, self-reflection, and writing spiritual autobiographies through the lens of race.
  • Participating in a final all-groups gathering on Sept 8th, Noon-1 (Central Time).

Cohorts Offered

  • Sunday Cohort. Meets Sundays from 6-8 pm (Central Time). Begins July 19. Facilitated by Rev. Patrick Messer and Rev. Samantha Houser.
  • Monday Cohort. Meets Mondays from 2-4 pm (Central Time). Begins July 20. Facilitated by Rev. Mary Beth Mardis-LeCroy and Rev. Samantha Houser.
  • Tuesday Cohort. Meets Tuesdays from 1-3 pm (Central Time). Begins July 21. Facilitated by Rev. Dustin Bartlett and Rev. Ellis Arnold.
  • Wednesday Cohort. Meets Wednesdays from 3-5 pm (Central Time). Begins July 22. Facilitated by Rev. Eileen Gebbie and Rev. Ellis Arnold.
  • Thursday Cohort. Meets Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm (Central Time). Begins July 23. Facilitated by Rev. Katie Miller and Rev. Jonna Jensen.
  • Friday Cohort. Meets Fridays from 10 am-12 pm (Central Time). Begins July 24. Facilitated by Rev. Mollie Ronge and Rev. Brigit Stevens.

Please note: Each cohort has space for 8 participants. See the registration form below to determine if the cohort is still available.

Next Steps:

  • Get registered for a cohort that fits your schedule by clicking through below. Registration due by noon July 17th, 5 pm.
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    • Download your copy of “White Privilege: Let’s Talk, A Resource for Transformational Dialogue”.
    • Download your copy of “Participant Handouts” to learn the schedule for reading.
    • Watch for a welcome email after July 17th from your cohort facilitators.

Contining Education

This work may help fulfill the continuing education requirements for clergy in your association. Please contact your Church and Ministry Committe, Team for Authorized Ministry, or Committee on Ministry to determine if you have questions about whether this work fits their criteria.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $40. The registration fee helps fund initiatives and organizations partnered with the UCC who are working to create a just world through community mobilization, leadership training, issues education, public witness, and public policy advocacy.

Because cost should not be a barrier to participating in this important work, scholarships are available. If you are in need of a scholarship for this work, you may enter scholarship30 as a coupon code to reduce your registration fee to $30, or if needed, scholarship20 to reduce your registration fee to $20.

Questions? Contact Rev. Ellis Arnold,


If the below registration form is not loading, please know that the Sunday and Monday cohorts have openings. Please email Rev. Ellis and indicate whether you are available for the Sunday and/or Monday cohorts, and they will follow up with you directly.

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This cohort is full. Please select another cohort, or if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Rev. Ellis Arnold,