Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege
Our eight-week program awakens small groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.
“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” – James Baldwin
Do you want to address racism in your faith community, but you don’t know where to begin?
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.
Please note that Faith and Racial Equity is not for the faint of heart! The module is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community-building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.
We encourage co-facilitation by two participants or individuals who have already been through the program.
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege consists of eight 2½-hour sessions. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. Some sessions may include videos and/or a guest speaker.
JustFaith Ministries recommends that a group be approximately eight to fifteen people.
Participants read two books that will challenge them with stories and concepts to transform their understanding of racism and privilege in their local and national contexts. A third book guides them in a weekly spiritual practice. During each session, videos and short articles provide the basis for conversation and learning, while songs, prayers, and liturgies ground participants in a sense of belonging and spiritual family.
Immersion and Retreat
In order to build community and Scriptural grounding, Faith and Racial Equity includes a one-day retreat, during which participants join in prayer, introspective reflection, and holy conversation around their personal experiences with race and privilege.
The immersion connects participants with community organizations already engaged in racial justice efforts. This real-world experience guides groups in discerning how they can put their learning into action.
Affordable Pricing for Groups
Churches, Parishes, Organizations
- Comprehensive materials for each session
- Facilitation scripts and guidance
- Immersion guidance
- Direct access to program staff for support
- Additional resources – approx $10 per group and $40 per participant
All other materials are web-based
|Faith and Racial Equity 2019-20