White Privilege Series “Let’s Talk” with Pastor Dave
Time & Location
About The Event
Dates 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, (Registration is only for one session at a time)
We will be holding 2 times for each date. When registering, please note what time you will be coming to.
In a recent report published by WalletHub, Wisconsin ranked as the most segregated state in the United States, and Milwaukee the most segregated city in the country. This comes a full fifty years after The Civils Rights Act has been passed, and after all of the work done by Martin Luther King Jr, and others. During the summer of 2019, Milwaukee, Wisconsin will play host to The General Synod of The United Church of Christ – a nationwide meeting held every two years to set the agenda of the denomination. In preparation for this event, all churches in The Wisconsin Conference are asked to intentionally look at issues of race. We have begun this process through three different book studies. The first studying some of the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The second, reading the book “Between the World and Me’ by Ta Nehisi Coates. And, coming up in April we will look at James Cones book “The Cross and the Lynching Tree”
During the season of Lent, we will engage in a Five part curriculum written by our Denonmination President and General Minister, John Dorhauer. The curriculum explores White Privilege – how our society is skewed to the advantage of those who are white. The dates of the classes are as follows, with a morning or evening time offered for each session. Each session needs to have a minimum of five people in order to proceed. Those who participate in this series need to commit to the series as well as to 2-3 hours of preparation at home during the week.
March 13 – Getting Started
We will introduce ourselves to our study partners, receive our study packs, and begin the process of reading the materials. We will also, as a group, set the boundaries that we wish to use as we proceed through this material.
March 20 – The Spiritual Autobiography told through the Lens of Race
In this session we will read five spiritual autobiographies, and explore our own spiritual landscapes, but through the lens of our being white. It may be that we have never considered our race within the context of our spirituality. The short autobiographical statements of our denominational leaders will be our starting point of our discussion.
March 27– Whiteness as the Norm
In this session we will explore concepts of light and dark and black and white as it applies to our religious landscape
April 3 – The Cash Value of Whiteness
In this session we will explore how educational, housing, medical, and income distribution is tipped to the advantage of being white.
April 10 – Becoming an Ally
White Privilege is imbedded in our culture. We have to decide if we are going to be part of the long-term solution by dismantling it. This session will explore how we can each engage in this work.