Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice Webinar
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Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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For the most part, the white church has lived in a racially insular social environment. This environment creates expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the stamina of white people to endure racial stress. Robin DiAngelo terms this lack of racial stamina as “White Fragility.”

White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to one’s racial comfort becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive responses. Yet this moment asks us all to deeply listen. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the social call for change is something that the church must not only understand but be instrumental in leading faithfully. But how do white pastors leading predominantly white congregations do this in our present context?  What are the dynamics, theologically and socially, of living as white followers of Jesus in a racially diverse culture? 

To this end, the Texas Annual Conference will host a free three-part webinar series, “Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice,” to provide the perspectives and skills needed for white clergy to build their racial stamina and lead their congregations in this area. All leaders are encouraged to attend, and we ask that white clergy would prioritize participating in each webinar session, which will cover the following topics: 

  • July 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. CDT - Session 1: Intro to white privilege, white fragility, racism and systemic racism. (Watch archived video)
  • July 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. CDT - Session 2: A deeper look into why white people don’t pay attention to the privilege they experience daily. 
  • August 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. CDT - Session 3: Equipping pastors with practical tools for leading congregations and creating space to discuss these issues and take a boldly anti-racist stance. This final session will include time for breakout conversations based on the ministry context. 

These sessions will be led by Bishop Scott J. Jones in collaboration with the Project Curate Team under the leadership of Rev. Matt Russell, Associate Pastor of Chapelwood UMC Houston, and Rachel Schneider, MA, PhD, Co-Managing Director. To learn more about Project Curate, visit https://www.projectcurate.org/.
 
 
This is the login information for each of the webinars:  
 
July 30 - Session 2: A deeper look into why white people don’t pay attention to the privilege they experience daily
 
When: Jul 30, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice - Session 2 of 3 
 
Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85689374514?pwd=YXllR1F4OWdiYmJrbGZ0L2p4bTE2UT09
Password: 277644
 
Or iPhone one-tap : 
    US: +13462487799,,85689374514#,,,,0#,,277644#  or +12532158782,,85689374514#,,,,0#,,277644# 
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    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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    Webinar ID: 856 8937 4514
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    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdw4X6VxRf
 
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August 20 - Session 3Equipping pastors with practical tools for leading congregations and creating space to discuss these issues and take a boldly anti-racist stance
 
When: Aug 20, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice - Session 3 of 3 
 
Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89572756931?pwd=TTRNZDRYNDk1ZWNUVWlDK0g2TnduUT09
Password: 277644
 
Or iPhone one-tap : 
    US: +13462487799,,89572756931#,,,,0#,,277644#  or +16699009128,,89572756931#,,,,0#,,277644# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592 
    Webinar ID: 895 7275 6931
    Password: 277644
    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcmhVVezH
 

If you have any questions, please contact Morris Matthis at mmatthis@txcumc.org.