Merciful Conversations on Race

Merciful Conversations on Race

Merciful Conversations on Race
Saturday, February 29, 2020
This event recurs Weekly on Saturday from Saturday, February 29, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Beneficent Congregational Church
300 Weybosset St
Providence, 02903

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Michele Adamo

During Lent, Beneficent Church is offering an intensive adult education opportunity on Saturday mornings: Merciful Conversations on Race: Let’s Talk About White Privilege. Based on a UCC curriculum, this series of five conversations will be presented by trained facilitators from the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. The course challenges basic assumptions about race and privilege that often go unnoticed, even by well-intentioned people who advocate for justice. The course is a requirement for UCC ministers, and there will be several ministers among our students.

Merciful Conversations on Race explores how White privilege functions in society and mainline churches and the ways it negatively impacts People of Color. It aims to create a positive, trusting space to explore why conversations about race can be such a struggle, and to provide help overcoming this challenge. We will learn how to foster racial reconciliation on a personal and a systemic level.

We don’t promise these will be easy conversations. But we invite you to enter into them with an open heart and mind, and with a willingness to grow.

Session 1: The Big Picture
Saturday, February 29, 9:30-11:30 am
We explore the course structure and objectives, establish space for grace so all can share freely and honestly, and begin to reflect on our own racial awareness.

Session 2: Writing an Autobiography Through the Lens of Race
Saturday, March 7, 9:30-11:30 am
We begin to articulate our own journey using the lens of race, when we were first aware of skin color, how we processed that, and where we are now in our journey of awareness.

Session 3: Whiteness as the Norm
Saturday, March 14, 9:30-11:30 am
We explore how Whiteness and Blackness/Brownness are valued in our society and our experiences of Whiteness in our personal lives. We begin to discuss privilege based on racial identity on an institutional level.

Session 4: Impact of White Privilege
Saturday, March 21, 9:30-11:30 am
We examine how in the United States our systems work for the benefit of White people to the detriment of People of Color. We explore Economics, Education, Housing, Health Care and the Prison System.

Session 5: Becoming an Ally
Saturday, March 28, 9-11 am (note the earlier time)
We focus on the practical aspects of what White people can do about their own privilege, and we learn ways to speak out and be an effective ally for People of Color.

Cost for the series:
 - $25 for Beneficent members and friends (scholarships are available)
 - $40 for all others

Register by contacting the Church Office at (401) 331-9844 or Payment by cash or check is due one week prior to the first session.

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