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Join Rev. John Dorhauer, Rev. Traci Blackmon and other national cross-denominatonal leaders in this webinar series on white privilege. They will lead us through four areas of focus: telling the story of your spiritual journey through the lens of race; looking at the dynamic of a culture in which whiteness is the established norm; learning how American attaches a cash value to whiteness; and inviting the participants to commit to becoming an ally in the pursuit of racial equity:
Day 1: The Big Picture – with John Dorhauer
Day 2: Spiritual Autobiography through the Lens of Race – with John Paddock
Day 3: Whiteness as the Norm – with Da Vita D. McCallister
Day 4: Whiteness as Cash Value – with Traci Blackmon
Day 5: On Being an Ally – with Stephen Ray
This webinar series offers a solid foundation on the subject of white privilege while also serving as a preview for the "White Privilege: Let’s Talk" adult education curriculum, part of the United Church of Christ's ongoing commitment to engaging communities of faith in Sacred Conversations on Race.
Participant Preparation Hand Outs
In Gathering One
"Deconstructing White Privilege" by Dr. Robin Di Angelo
"5 Things You Should Know about Racism," Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey
"Why Does Privilege Make People So Angry?" Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey
In Gathering Two
"Everyday Racism: What Should We Do" by the Guardian
Excerpt from StarTrek, "Lokai and Bele"
A Critical Look at the History of Columbus
Movie trailer from Hidden Figures (2016)
Full Speech from John Brown
Brief highlights John Brown’s the speech
In Gathering Three
"Racism Is Real," by Brave New Films
TED Talk by Kandice Sumner, "How America’s Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty"
Racial Dot Map
In Gathering Four
Selection from Tim Wise,"Colorblind Denial and White Privilege"
Full Lecture, Tim Wise, "White Privilege, Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality" from which
"Colorblind Denial and White Privilege" is excerpted
In Gathering Six
The Difference Between Being Non-racist and Anti Racist
Getting Called Out: How to Apologize
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer is the ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. He has also served as the Conference Minister of the UCC's Southwest Conference, as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and as a local church pastor in churches in rural Missouri. He earned his M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary and D.Min. from United Theological Seminary, where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church. He is passionate about justice. Two statements that shape his theology are: "God is love. God is just."
The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon is Acting Executive Minister of the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. She is also the first female pastor of the 156-year-old Christ The King United Church of Christ in Ferguson, MO. She became nationally recognized as a prominent voice for social change when Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, just miles from her church. She immediately worked to help organize the Black Lives Matter movement, effectively assisting and collaborating with people in the community working for justice.
The Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister is Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality in the UCC’s Connecticut Conference. She is a mother, ordained minister, entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer and advocate for youth and young adults. She has shared her love, passion, and wisdom in youth and young adult ministries for over 25 years, in a number of settings including the Fund for Theological Education, the National Setting of the United Church of Christ, and The United Methodist Church. MCCallister teaches and speaks nationally about the church’s role in racial justice work, faith based civil disobedience, and faithful responses in the face of injustice.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray is the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Previously, he was associate professor of African-American studies and director of the Urban Theological Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; associate professor of theology and philosophy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary. He is an ordained UCC minister and has served as pastor of churches in Hartford and New Haven, CT, and in Louisville, KY. Ray earned his PhD from Yale University and M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of two books: A Struggle from the Start: The Black Community of Hartford, 1639-1960 and Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility. He is co-author of a third book: Black Church Studies: An Introduction.
The Rev. John Paddock is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, OH. He earned his M.Div. from The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, and D.Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Paddock has two consuming passions. The first is to seek ways to reframe Christianity in ways that speak to contemporary people. This entails being open to new knowledge and discoveries in every area of human endeavor. And it requires openness to God’s Spirit as she leads us into God’s future. His second passion is to reach out to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weak, and the victims of the powers that be: racism, empire, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and injustice.