Now more than ever congregations are seeking ways to address racism in their midst. On this website, the United Church of Christ offers a free, downloadable curriculum for white faith communities wishing to “engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race” and privilege. There are three parts: a facilitator’s guide, a participant guide, and the curriculum text. The text is a collection of essays by a multi-racial, cross-denominational team of five contributors. Each author brings a unique perspective to the conversation. For example, Steven Ray is a person of color who writes about theological implications. The four session topics are “Spiritual Autobiography”, “Whiteness as Norm”, “Whiteness as Cash Value”, and “On Being an Ally.” The facilitator’s guide provides facilitation basics, including how to have difficult conversations, which would be of interest to any small group leader. A five-session introductory webinar is among additional material available from the website.
Reviewed by Marie Fleming