At this time in our nation, when we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy, it is imperative that white people do the deep work required to claim an anti-racist identity, understanding the privilege they carry, and interrupt racism where they live, study, work, and worship. Sadly, too many white people stop short of that deep work, assuming that good intentions are enough. Dr. Morrison’s sermon will address how white people can and must move through places where they often get stuck, so they can step up with courage, humility, and compassion to participate in movements led by people of color and help move other white people to greater anti-racist awareness and action.
Melanie S. Morrison, Ph.D., is founder and Executive Director of Allies for Change (www.alliesforchange.org). She is a social justice educator, activist, pastor and author with 25 years experience designing and facilitating anti-racism workshops and seminars. She is the author of The Grace of Coming Home: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Struggle for Justice and numerous journal articles. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she has pastored three congregations; two in Michigan and one in the Netherlands. She is proud to be one of the founding pastors of Phoenix Community Church in Kalamazoo. She lives in Okemos, Michigan with her life partner, April Allison. Melanie believes it is possible to grow ever more aware of the depth and complexity of injustice without surrendering our capacity for compassion, joy, and hope.
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