Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice Webinar
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. (Watch archived video)
- 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:
August 20 - Session 3: Equipping 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
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