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On Wednesday evenings during July, there were group discussions via Zoom about white racial awareness and the church hierarchy’s commitment to a deeper understanding of personal, cultural, and institutional racism. The goal of this deeper understanding is to become anti-racist individuals in an anti-racist church.
We learned that one book and author have been at the center of many far-ranging discussions about white privilege. As an outgrowth of the Zoom gatherings, the Social Ministry Committee invites you to a series of three discussions based on this book.
Best-selling White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo was published in paperback in 2018. It is also available as a downloadable e-book, downloadable e-audio book, audio book on CD, and for Kindle. Sources include Amazon, downtown Evanston’s Bookends and Beginnings, public libraries (though in limited supply).
We will discuss White Fragility in three 1-hour sessions this fall, each time focusing on some 50 pages of text. The Zoom sessions will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings.
The schedule is as follows:
- September 15: Introduction–Chapter 3, pp. 1-50
- October 13: Chapters 4–7, pp. 51-106
- November 10: Chapters 8–12, pp. 107-154
Diane Keely has volunteered to lead the discussions.
There will also be links to several videos in which you can see and hear the author talk about her life, how she grew to understand the concepts of white privilege and institutional racism, and how she became committed to bringing this awareness to a largely white audience. You can watch the videos whenever you like. Getting to know the author’s journey helps you the reader begin your own journey.
There will be an email reminder before each discussion. Charly Yarnoff will manage the Zoom links for the meetings. If you have questions, you can reach Diane at email@example.com or 847.491.9144. We hope you’ll join members of our congregation and the larger church in this justice and peace initiative.