• White Privilege
    White Privilege: Let's Talk
    White Privilege:
    Let’s Talk—A Resource for
    Transformational Dialogue
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White Privilege: Let's Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that's designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

This is a downloadable resource in PDF format that's free of charge and can be used by any church regardless of size or budget. Contents include the Curriculum and a Lesson Outline provided by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Divided into four focused parts, each one introduces a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege:

1. The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race
2. Whiteness as the Norm: Five Loci of Insights on the Binary of Light/Dark and Black/White
3. The Cash Value of Whiteness or Whiteness as a Tax-Exempt Status
4. On Becoming an Ally

In all four parts, each author contributes a different view of the subject matter presented based on their unique personal experiences. The materials include questions for discussion and reflection.

WHITE PRIVILEGE: LET'S TALK USER DISCUSSION

This space has been created for users of "White Privilege: Let's Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue" as a forum for sharing experiences and reflections as they work through the resource.

This adult curriculum has been designed to invite UCC members and others to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race, and we invite you to continue the conversation here.

On this page, we invite and encourage you to share your experiences and reflections, ideas and insights generated as you use the curriculum.

Please be civil and stay on topic. We will remove any comment that does not meet our Guidelines for Posting Comments.

White Privilege: Let's Talk Webinars

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.

White Privilege: Let's Talk Authors

John C. Dorhauer

The Rev. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President

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."

Traci D. Blackmon

The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon
Acting Executive Minister

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.

Da Vita D. McCallister

The Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister
Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality

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.

Stephen G. Ray

The Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray
Professor of Systematic Theology

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.

John Paddock

The Rev. John Paddock
Rector of Christ Episcopal Church

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.

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