White Awake: Lenten Study 2021
CORE and PJWG collaborate this Lent to present a different kind of workshop designed to heal race-based divisions through a focus on self-knowledge and self-love. Four Sunday evening sessions are scheduled from Feb 21 – April 18 that are based on the “Roots Deeper than Whiteness” curriculum by anti-supremacist group White Awake.
Did you know…
…that White racial identity is a construct?
As families assimilated into it, their ethnic identities and histories were lost.
…that white privilege causes ongoing harm to those who identify as “White”?
The pressure to conform to racially-biased social systems violates a person’s sense of personal and moral responsibility: willfully harming another or even witnessing harm to another separates people from each other, from themselves, and ultimately, from God.
CORE and PJWG collaborate this Lent to present a different kind of workshop designed to heal race-based divisions through a focus on self-knowledge and self-love. Please encourage your congregation to utilize this season of Lent to engage in deeper, challenging conversations about racial justice.
- Study the origins of “whiteness”.
- Learn methods to overcome shame, to cultivate resilience, and process emotions.
- Imagine self and community as “white” that is fully aligned according to the commandment: Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
- Be prepared for a challenging course with a lot of homework and study cohort meetings between sessions.
This is one of two CORE offerings to address the complexity of racial injustice and white supremacy in 2021.
White Awake: Lenten Study 2021 is offered to any member of any congregation or worshiping community in the Presbytery of San Jose who identifies as “white”, to provide a brave space to explore beyond the narrative of white privilege.
Building a People of Color Community of Resistance is a study series for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the Presbytery of San Jose. This series will be facilitated by Crossroads Anti-Racism Training, with attention paid to the particular demographic mix of Silicon Valley. Our hope is that reflecting and healing with people who have had similar experiences first will allow us to better come together to work on our collective healing in our church communities and beyond.