Wrestling With Whiteness Registration Form
A program of the Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE)

The Fall 2022 Session Scheduled for: Wednesdays at 3:00pm-5:00pmPT / 6:00pm-8:00pmET Sept 28th; Oct 12th; Oct 26th; Nov 9th; and FINAL SESSION on Tuesday, Nov 22nd.  

Outcomes:  This training is designed for white folks in Jesuit ministries interested in understanding in deepening their spiritual understanding of whiteness and developing their skills in racial equity.  Together, we will create a shared understanding of whiteness, reflect on how it lives in us and shapes our lives, and utilize the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white dominant culture. Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy, with a particular focus on how our faith institutions can interrupt these dynamics. Finally, participants will get equipped with tactics to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.  

There will be about an hour of assigned prep-work for each session, a combination of readings, videos, prayer and reflection questions.

Training outline:
Session 1:  Whiteness and White Supremacy: What is it and how does it show up?  Take a deeper dive into the history of whiteness and understanding our role in structural racism.  Ground ourselves in biblical and spiritual understanding of how we explore this work and begin to explore the concept of an “opportunity story”.

Session 2:  Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Racial Anxiety: How they show up in our lives and work and how do we free ourselves from invisible habits and instincts we don't even know we have?  We does it mean to enter into this work believing we are loved by God, complicity in the sin of racism, and do the spiritual work we need to get free to love?

Session 3:  Calling in and Relational 1-1s on Race: How do we have spiritual conversations on race?  How do we invite more white folks into this work, challenge our white peers in their relationship to race, and how do we build meaningful relationships with people of color.

Session 4:  Seeing white supremacy culture in our organizations and making plans for moving forward.  Understanding how race plays out in our rituals and faith spaces.

Session 5:  Settler colonialism, right relationships, and our role as faith institutions.

Participants must be:
-Committed to doing the work of racial justice and dismantling white supremacy.
-Active with a Jesuit parish, school, university or other ministry.  That includes attending as a student, working at, volunteering with etc.
-Committed to attending all 5 cohort sessions by video and completing assigned preparation and homework.
-18 or over

The training is based on a curriculum developed by Faith in Action, a Jesuit founded multi-racial multi-religious grassroots faith-based organizing network working across the US on racial and economic justice.  It was created by white-identifying organizers in Faith in Action who wanted to take responsibility for organizing themselves and their volunteer leaders to wrestle with white dominance culture and implicit bias.  Over the course of a year, they consulted with clergy, organizers and trainers of color across the nation to develop this four part online curriculum.  We have adapted the curriculum to utilize Ignatian spirituality as a key method for helping us discern our relationship to whiteness and our call as white folks.

The sessions will be led by Annie Fox, the Jesuits West Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing.  Find out more about Annie at https://www.jesuitswest.org/our-work/faith-doing-justice/provincial-assistant-social-ministry-organizing/
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