2015-16 SJ Curriculum: Examining Whiteness

Sunday, September 27

7-8:30pm | FUS Library

To fully engage in the work of dismantling racism in our culture, white people need a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of white privilege and power, the racial identity journey, and how to develop a positive white identity. In 7 sessions throughout this program year, we will dive deep into this challenging and rewarding work. Examining Whiteness, developed by Rev. Dr. William Gardiner, is a resource from the UUA written primarily for white people interested in transforming their white identity through understanding the complex history of white supremacy over four hundred years in the US, and the impact it has on us as individuals and on society as a whole.

We will meet from 7-8:30pm in the Library, on the 2nd Thursday of each month except December. Meeting dates are Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12.

Reading list is here: http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/curricula/whiteness/students

Reading assignments: 

Nov. 12 – Reflections on the History of White Supremacy in the United States

Jan. 14 – Emotional Lives of White People and The Anatomy of White Guilt

Feb. 11 – Racial Identity Development and Racial Identity Journey

March 10 – Different Ways of Being White and White Privilege and Power

April 14 – Developing a Positive White Identity

May 12 – discussion – Creating an Anti-Racism Core Team at FUS

Participants are encouraged to attend for the entire curriculum if possible. At the end of the course, we will explore next steps for establishing an anti-racism core team at FUS. 

Please contact Rev. Kelli – kelli@firstunitarian.org – with questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 8.


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