The Riverside Church’s Education Commission and Anti-Racism Task Force for “Race To Action.” This Small Group class will take place for 10 weeks online via Zoom on Thursday evenings. We will be considering what it means for our congregation and each of us to be “antiracist” in this watershed moment for our church and society.
Class Dates: Thursdays, July 30-0ctober 15th 7-9pm | Zoom
Our primary references will be “How to be an Antiracist” by lbram X. Kendi, who is African American, and “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo, who is white. Our goal is not just knowledge, but also transformation.
Multiracial teams will lead each week’s discussion, seeking to hold a safe (if not always comfortable) space as we build a common vocabulary and understanding of the history of racism in the United States, of how white supremacy/privilege/fragility work, of how racism works in institutions (yes, even churches), of how racism wounds and scars us all, and – most importantly – of how we can better “practice what we preach” at Riverside and become more strongly antiracist in both word and deed.
Participants will be expected to come to all sessions, having completed the assigned reading, pen and notebook in hand for regular reflection and homework assignments.
How To Be An Anti Racist by lbra-m X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo