Spirituality and Racial Equity:

Exploring Power and Privilege

JustFaith_Mark

Do you want to talk about racial privilege but you don’t know where to begin?

This eight-session program awakens participants to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

Program Overview

Using mindfulness and meditation practices to ground the program, Spirituality and Racial Equity introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities and takes a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege.

Program Goals

There are three primary goals for Spirituality and Racial Equity:

Facilitation

Two volunteer facilitators are needed for Spirituality and Racial Equity. JustFaith Ministries provides strong facilitation support.

Sessions

Spirituality & Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege consists of eight 2-hour sessions, an opening retreat, and an immersion experience into the local community.

Books/Resources

There are three books used in the Spirituality and Racial Equity program – all available through our JustFaith Ministries Bookstore.

Program Promotion

A comprehensive set of program promotion materials are provided.

Cost

The registration fee for Spirituality and Racial Equity is $250 plus books/resources for participants. If you would like your participants to pay their own registration fee, please reach out to Susan Chapman at [email protected].

JUST FAITH TESTIMONIALS

What They’re Saying

Susan H.
“One of the most important things I learned in this series is how much I didn’t know! I am far from alone: Our educational systems in the U.S. have white-washed our base of knowledge about our racial history. The readings, assignments and discussions in this series were constructive, even when difficult. We felt safe sharing our opinions, personal history and beliefs, and left empowered to take a stand against injustice. I cannot recommend this series more highly.”
Jim H.
“As a Unitarian Universalist residing in the Bible Belt, I've become used to interfaith-based conversations that revolve around all the flavors of Christianity, so this course on Spiritual and Racial Equity surprised me as being true to its promise of welcoming and speaking to people of all faith traditions. My favorite part could be the guided meditations which were effective even over Zoom. I recommend this course for people who recognize that systemic racism in American makes individual relationships messy, complicated and nuanced - yet the participant is prepared to dig in anyway, willing to experience discomfort at times because, ultimately, the pavers on the pathway to justice we are laying down are comprised of joy, prophetic wisdom, empowerment, and good will, all of them being spiritually-centered attributes and pursuits that we may overlook. Engaging in the 'struggle' and the 'work' of anti-racism may be necessary labor but this program prepares participants' hearts and minds to be open to the beauty and transformation that are always within our reach along the way, no matter how distant we may be from the justice we seek.”

Register Your Group

Program Registration

$250

Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive materials and session guides
  • Facilitation guidance
  • Retreat and Immersion guidance
  • Adaptations for virtual groups
  • Direct access to program staff for support
  • 12-month access to program materials
  • $75 discount if buying all three programs in this series at once (use coupon code racialjustice2022 at checkout)
  • If you would like your participants to pay their own registration fee, please reach out to Susan Chapman at [email protected].

Books & Resources
for Group Participants

Participant books/resources are sold separately through our JustFaith Ministries Bookstore. The cost for the books used in Spirituality and Racial Equity is approximately $52/person. Note that there may be a small additional fee for an occasional video purchase.

In order to save shipping and the environment, JustFaith Ministries ships books to groups (not to individuals).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the racial justice programs in a particular order?

We recommend doing Spirituality and Racial Equity or Spirituality and Racial Healing before you do Spirituality and Racial Justice.

I’m a person of color. Should I take this program?

In order to dismantle the norms, laws, and policies that prop up racial injustice, we must first identify and understand them. Most of us did not learn this information in school, regardless of our racial background. By filling in these important educational gaps and working with your group to create an action plan, the racial justice series can provide you with the tools, knowledge, and support you need to work for change more effectively. In addition, we’ve received feedback that some people of color find it affirming to read and talk about the reality of racism and know they are not alone in their experiences.

On the other hand, there may be White members of your group who express denial, anger, and/or grief as they come face-to-face with the reality of racism. Witnessing these reactions can be deeply painful and even re-traumatizing. While the program contains extensive facilitator training and group guidelines for healthy dialogue, JustFaith Ministries unfortunately cannot fully guarantee that these guidelines will be upheld. For this reason, we encourage prospective participants of color to carefully discern whether this program is a good fit for them. If at any point during the program you must withdraw, let us know so that we can address your concerns and reimburse your registration contribution.

What if our group is all White?

People of color often have the burden of teaching White people about racism. That’s a lot of pressure! For this reason, we designed these materials for small groups of any demographic. Experts of color have guided the JustFaith Ministries staff in choosing books, videos, and articles that highlight voices of color and speak truth about the reality of racism in our country.

Should one or both of the facilitators be a person of color?

Groups that are all White do not necessarily need a person of color as a co-facilitator. However, if your group is diverse, we recommend one of the facilitators be a person of color.

What religion(s) is Spirituality and Racial Equity based on?

Spirituality and Racial Equity is not based on any one specific religion or denomination. It is designed for a more broadly spiritual audience. Those who are unaffiliated with a church or religious tradition or who identify as “spiritual but not religious” will find the program content relevant and meaningful. This version of the program may also resonate with an interfaith audience. Meditative practices at the beginning and end of each session provide a spiritual foundation for the program. These practices draw from Hindu and Buddhist practices of mindfulness but do not arise from any one particular religious tradition. (A specifically Christian version of “Spirituality and Racial Equity” is also available).

How do we talk about racism without causing a split in our workplaces and communities?

We believe in speaking truth and standing in solidarity with marginalized communities, even when there’s real risk involved. However, one of the primary reasons JustFaith Ministries developed this program is because we are well-aware of the tension around this issue and that a botched attempt at conversation or training can cause more harm than good. Spirituality and Racial Equity will teach your community the skills they need to engage in important conversations with deep listening and mutual respect. Also, this program comes with a facilitator training webinar, as well as live facilitation support. After having completed Spirituality and Racial Equity, you can not only expect your group to have grown closer, but also to be better equipped to have hard conversations around any issue, no matter the subject matter.

Have Other Questions?

Email us here