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