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Understanding & Healing White Supremacy

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This Spiritual Deepening Library topic is under construction.  Activities and resources will be available in Spring 2021. Join the Spiritual Deepening email list to receive an announcement when these new materials are published.

The Understanding & Healing White Supremacy topic offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives.  Friends will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States and explore how Quaker faith and practice can provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice.  You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and white supremacy.

The Understanding & Healing White Supremacy activities and materials are rooted in the following premises: 

  • We live in a country built on white supremacy. White supremacy is the operating system in the US.
  • We are here to push against systemic, institutional, and individual racism.
  • White fragility is a tool of white supremacy and we are here to push against it, not comfort and protect it.
  • If you are white, the strategies we are sharing during our conversations will push against white fragility and racism. Pay attention to your reactions and be aware of your body. You might be uncomfortable. That’s okay.
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Content Collaboration: Gillian Burlingham (NPYM), Claire M.Cohen (LEYM), Anne Collins (SCYM), Anastacia Ebi (IMYM/ BYM), Lena Glickman(QVS), Lisa Graustein (NEYM), Jeff Hitchcock (NYYM), Liz Oppenheimer (Iowa YM Conservative)

Content Development: Olivia Pandolfi (FGC), Rachel Ernst Stahlhut (FGC), Regina Renee Ward (IMYM), Polly Washburn (IMYM)