Dismantling Racism

The sin of racism has infected our hearts as Americans and as a Church since the time of our founding.  Dismantling racism for the sake of all people includes the hard work of naming our complicity in structures that disproportionately benefit white people.  It also includes the holy and life-giving work of becoming anti-racist.  We offer these resources to support congregations in this journey.

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Free Online Curriculums

Sacred Ground: Race Dialogue Series

A free ten week curriculum, Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Curriculum

Racism is a word that elicits strong emotion, and often even stronger opinions. Taking the step to engage in anti-racism work may seem intimidating, or maybe you already feel confident in your knowledge of racial justice and in your allyship. Regardless of where you sit on that spectrum, this training is one that can have benefit for everyone. Learn more.

Vital Conversations on Realities of Race and Racism

The General Commission on Race and Religion of The United Methodist Church (GCORR) presents several video series, including Vital Conversations on Realities of Race and Racism, which features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the Church and world today. Learn more.

Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racism Curriculum

One of the ways that racism affects us is by shaping our identity (and this is true for whites and People of Color). These materials, prepared by the Rev. Doctor William Gardiner, are made available to Unitarian Universalists (UUs), particularly white people interested in transforming their whiteness through understanding the complex history of white supremacy of over four hundred years in the United States, and the impact it has on us as individuals and the society as a whole. Learn more.

Sacred Conversations to End Racism

You are invited to begin a restorative racial justice journey with Sacred Conversations to End Racism. Participants will be relying on the facilitator to create a welcoming environment, understand the material, communicate well, listen intently, and provide structure for a healthy environment and interactive group dynamics. You do not have to be an expert, or have all the answers to everyone’s questions. The facilitator’s role is to lead the group, keep the space respectful, open, and encourage people to go deeper. Learn more.

Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance

A five-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.

"Without community, there is no liberation." Audre Lorde

Do you want to join a community of people of faith and conscience committed to taking action as well as practicing reflection? Are you seeking ways to offer grounded solidarity that don't reproduce oppressive practices? Have you ever gone to an immigration (ICE) check-in or court to support a person at risk of deportation? Is your congregation part of the New Sanctuary Movement, or talking about joining? Learn more.

Free and Affordable Webinars and Videos On Demand

Traces of the Trade

Webinar on Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination Explores Hard Truths - And Hopes For Change

Speakers and listeners across the world explore how we define racism, and how we can create a culture of inclusive communities. Watch the webinar.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, 25, left home and went for a jog. During his run, two white men follow Ahmaud, confront him with a loaded shotgun, assume he’s a suspected criminal, and within minutes of their encounter--according to the recorded video--three shots are fired. Amhaud falls to the ground and dies.

“Racism is a virus. It infects the spirit.” (The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III)

The United Church of Christ invites you to rewatch Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III's cinematic sermon entitled, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery." Immediately following the live video, a panel of four respected thought leaders, racial justice advocates and UCC pastors discussed the impact of historical and present-day acts of racism and violence towards African Americans. And they discussed how the Christian Church can be actively involved in dismantling racism. Watch the sermon and panel discussion.

White Privilege: Let's Talk

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. Watch the webinar series.

Dismantling White Supremacy from the Inside Out

Learn why white Americans resist engaging or even acknowledging systemic racial injustice, and how to help them get past that and work to dismantle racist patterns and systems with Rev. J.C. Austin in this webinar. Watch the webinar. 

"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

When Hate is in the Headlines

Reviews the  lessons on the events in Charlottesville, covering topics such as the so-called alt-right, the history of hate and white supremacy, how to talk about race and religion, memorials and monuments, the First and Second amendments, and the emotional impact on our students. Shares resources on these topics and concrete examples of how to discuss these issues with students in elementary, middle and high school. Learn more.

Racial Equity During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

A live conversation with NLIHC’s Diane Yentel and bestselling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Watch the video.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise looks at the last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Watch the video.

Race: The Power of an Illusion

RACE: The Power of an Illusion is the most widely taught documentary in the United States. The filmmakers and collaborators have created a series of lesson plans and collated other materials to guide discussion and engagement in the classroom. Watch the documentary. 

The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women

First Nations Education and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) host this webinar. Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Stephanie Cross (Comanche Nation) and Emma Allen (Cherokee Nation) will investigate various ways that Indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others. This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on Indigenous women and their experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma. Watch the video.

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation

Stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities. Watch the webinar.

Meaningful Conversations About Race - The Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker

The video Meaningful Conversations About Race lends itself to viewing and discussion by an interracial group. Consider joining with people from one or more congregations of another racial groups on this study. Select co-leaders, one from each group. To allow time for several people to share stories and have fuller discussions, you may want to divide this session into at least two, one-hour sessions. To keep the conversation moving, you might also assign as pre-work the article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, available on pp. 79-82 of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development, published by the Network of Educators on the Americas. The object is to discuss and listen to one another, so remind participants to take a deep breath, speak from their own experiences and listen carefully to one another. Watch the video. 

Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think

The learning engagements included in each section allow for individual work, group work and optional sermon preparation. All of the learning engagements recognize and lift up the reality that context is known best by those on the ground. Thus, while this course provides multiple entry points for learning about, thinking through and transforming action regarding implicit bias, it does not contextualize the information for you. Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think honors the contextual wisdom that you and others will bring to this material. Each exercise is an invitation to the sacred journey of discovering with your church and community how God is leading you to use this material faithfully within your context. Learn more. 

Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin DiAngelo

These discussions are not easy to undertake. Our shame, fear, race, anger, frustrations, confusion, personal biases, separation and segregation – including that which is institutional, personal and familial – often render it nearly impossible for even well-meaning people to “get at” how we feel about and how we can move through racialized differences toward becoming God’s beloved community. Learn more.

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah | The Necessity of Lament in a Broken World | Stanley Grenz Lecture Series

Reverend Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is a professor, pastor and dynamic author whose life work has revolved around theology, lament, and racial reconciliation. As a community we were invited to reflect on the importance of lament, especially as it relates to racial division within our country. Dr. Rah reviewed the prominence of lament in Scripture and challenged us to consider the ways in which our culture and the American Church has run from lament, leading to a mentality of exceptionalism. Watch the lecture. Watch the follow up panel discussion.

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Understanding the System of Racial Inequity – by Racial Equity Tools

Understanding the System of Racial Inequity is a starting place, ideal for those new to structural racism. These groups might include parents and teachers in K - 12 school communities, higher education professors and administrators, local and national government employees, health care providers, faith-based leaders and practitioners, and community-based cultural workers. The module is broken into sections that are ideally implemented in order, with the community builder first, the main lesson plan in the middle, book-ended by artistic production or case studies and next steps.

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