The National United Church of Christ has created some more resources for looking at how whiteness affects our identity as a denomination and as individual congregations. As part of the “Sacred Conversations” series, there is a curriculum developed for looking at these issues as well as a series of free webinars that can be watched live – as well as watching recorded versions of it.
The following is taken from the UCC Website.
The UCC white privilege curriculum is divided into four key focus areas, each one introducing a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege. Each of the four sections in the guide will have material from all five authors, with every author contributing a different perspective to the subject matter.
- The Rev. Traci Blackmon is acting executive minister of the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and the first female pastor of the 156-year-old Christ The King United Church of Christ in Ferguson, MO. She is a prominent civic leader and gifted preacher well known for racial justice work in her St. Louis community. She became one of the new voices for civil rights in America, thrust into the national spotlight after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson in 2014.
- The Rev. John C. Dorhauer is the ninth general minister and president of the United Church of Christ. He has served as the conference minister of the UCC’s Southwest Conference, as associate conference minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and as a local church pastor in churches in rural Missouri. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church.
- The Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister is the associate conference minister for leadership and vitality in the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ. She is a mother, ordained minister, entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer and advocate for youth and young adults. She has served the Fund for Theological Education, the national setting of the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.
- The Rev. John Paddock is the Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio. He has a Master of Divinity degree from The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. His thesis title was “Reframing the Dialogue on Racism in America in a Parish Setting.”
- The Rev. Stephen Ray is the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has served as pastor of churches in Hartford and New Haven, CT., and in Louisville, KY. He was also an associate professor of African-American studies and director of the Urban Theological Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; associate professor of theology and philosophy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary.
Each of these five authors will host one of the five webinars – Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24, presented by the Center for Progressive Renewal.
“Our organization is honored to partner with John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon, Stephen Ray, John Paddock and Da Vita D. McCallister to host this online webinar series,” said the Rev. Cameron Trimble, CEO, for the Center for Progressive Renewal. “We hope that your church leaders will sign up to be a part of these live events. If they can’t be online at the specified times, we will record the sessions and send out links to view them later. Today, we together declare our continuing solidarity with all oppressed people, but especially black and brown men, women and children who deserve a world of equal opportunity.”
- Monday, June 20: The Big Picture – John Dorhauer
- Tuesday, June 21: Spiritual Autobiography through the Lens of Race – John Paddock
- Wednesday, June 22: Whiteness as the Norm – Da Vita D. McAllister
- Thursday, June 23: Whiteness as Cash Value – Traci Blackmon
- Friday, June 24: On Being an Ally – Stephen Ray