An upcoming workshop is to be offered by People’s Church Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multiculturalism Committee (ARAOMC). All are invited to attend.
Our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to
- affirm the inherent worth and dignity of each person,
- justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, and
- the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Yet the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has identified the following realities:
- In our congregations white culture is considered to be the norm and People of Color are expected to assimilate into this white culture.
- The focus of UU justice work has historically been on the victims of racism, and not on the systems and institutions that are the beneficiaries of it. We have also not actively considered how racism dehumanizes both People of Color and White people.
- Understanding these dynamics is critical to our UU spiritual lives in order to fully live out our principles.
Please consider joining us on Saturday, October 11, from 10:00 to 4:00 for An Introduction to Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism. The workshop will:
- Explore common language and definitions to understand the continuing issue of racism throughout our country;
- Introduce an understanding of racism as a systemic issue, and not simply an issue of individual attitudes and actions;
- Explore approaches to dismantling racism that can provide the foundation for enduring solutions that lead to true racial justice and racial reconciliation.
ERAC/CE (Eliminating Racism And Claiming / Celebrating Equality) is the facilitating organization and at their suggestion we have invited other UU churches to join us for this exciting, informative workshop.
Space is limited so pre-registration is required. The cost is expected to be $100 per participant.
However, if grant funding is successful, this cost may be reduced or eliminated.