This is a conversation about white supremacy culture and how to be anti-racist.
“For many white people, the idea that we have racial identities is difficult to
come to terms with. We usually see ourselves simply as people. Whiteness
by virtue of its status as the dominant social position is unmarked. It is
relatively easy for white person to go through life never thinking about their
own racial identity. Whiteness functions as the normative ideal against
which other people are categorized and judged. But, because we occupy the
dominant position is the racial hierarchy, white people are important parts
of the racial system of the United States. And, as result of the part we play
in that system, we have a crucial role to play in dismantling racism.”
Dates: Tuesday, September 22 from 7-8:30 pm. There will be weekly sessions for 4 weeks and we ask folks to commit to attending to as many sessions as possible since each session builds on the previous.
This program will be led by Rev. Aaron Stockwell, Ken Wagner and Sara Morrison Neil. We anticipate another set of discussions in the future as well, but only ask people to commit to a 4-week module. If you would like to participate, contact Sara Morrison Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be familiar with Rev. Stockwell, our new Senior Minister, and Sara Morrison Neil, the Church Administrator & Membership Coordinator, but you may not be familiar with Ken Wagner, who joined Rev. Robinson-Harris in the pulpit last year to start a discussion about addressing racism.
Zoom access info will be provided for those who register.
Ken Wagner currently serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Nominating Committee and is a founding member of the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team called GRACE. He has also served for the last nine years on the Executive Steering Committee of the Allies for Racial Equity and is currently the President of that organization. Ken frequently conducts Sunday services on racism and white supremacy for congregations throughout New England and is a frequent speaker on this subject at church and community events. Since 2014, he has facilitated 8-week workshops focused on resistance to white supremacy at more than a dozen congregations and community groups across New England. Ken has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and lives with his wife Laura (Executive Director of UUMass Action) in Marlborough. They have four children and three grandchildren.