Raising Racial Consciousness

Awakening Our Minds and Hearts Toward Equality

Thursdays, April 15-June 3, 2021

1:30 - 3:00 pm via Zoom

 

It is a critical time in our society to contribute to a shift toward greater equity. This class entails an exploration and discussion of the racial and equity issues confronting us, our communities, and our country through the use of a series of TED talks, videos, poignant documentaries and group discussions.

Our purpose is to awaken to identifying and working against racial injustices in ourselves and our communities.

Specifically:

  • We will examine what we don’t know about ourselves, our beliefs, and our inherent biases leading to an understanding of how “not knowing” impacts and continues these injustices.
  • We will ask questions about what we value and how our lives are impacted by these values.

Participants will learn to demonstrate compassionate engagement against racial insensitivity and injustice through continued self-reflection and education.

 

This class is offered for a donation; with a suggested donation of $10-$15 per class.

You can make one donation for all 8 classes or donate each week. Please donate the amount you can afford and on the timing that works best for you.

Please click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149270402793

 

Co-facilitated by Richard Flander and Zula Reeves with Rev. Kristin Powell. See facilitator statements below.

I’ve been attending Unity of Walnut Creek since 2008. I am born of a multi-cultural marriage in a time when it was against the law in most states. I facilitated the So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo book study at the end of last year. Being a part of the healing of the racial divide as well as other ways we keep ourselves separate from each other through fear, judgment and the unknown is and always has been an important part of my life. 

– Zula Reeves

 

I’ve been attending Unity of Walnut Creek since about 1981.  I have experience facilitating small groups for a self-help workshop in the early 1980’s.  I attended both the White Fragility by Robin Diangelo book study and the So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo book studies in 2020.  I attended these classes after witnessing the death of George Floyd, and learning about the Black Lives Matter movement.  I attended both book studies to learn about what I didn’t know, and to learn about how we are treating minorities in America. I wanted to better understand these issues. I was impressed by the two book studies -- and I felt there is more to learn.  I’ve learned that teaching is a great way to learn, and therefore, agreed to work with Zula to create a new class to expand and integrate the lessons I’ve learned last year.  

- Richard Flander

 

I'm thrilled that Zula and Richard are carrying on this good work and I plan to be present in many of these classes as a support to the inner work we are doing as individuals and as a loving and inclusive, spiritual community. Together, we are rooting out at least some of the ugliness of racism and replacing it with love, inclusivity and equality for all people. This work is deeply spiritual and helps us to practice our spiritual principles such as beholding innate Divinity in one another, respecting all life, and honoring that we are uniquely expressed and ultimately One.

- Rev. Kristin Powell

 

Zoom Link: Click Here - Meeting ID Number: 845-4467-4756

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