UILX1102S24

$99.99 CAD

This Introductory course meets the requirements for mandatory racial justice training for active ministry personnel, as required by the 39th General Council (2006), and is specifically designed for people who identify as White.
This item includes:
6 On-your-own hours
3 Live sessions

Racial Justice for White Ministers in North America Spring 2024

April 7 - May 15, 2024

English ‎(en)‎
UILX1102S24

$99.99 CAD

This Introductory course meets the requirements for mandatory racial justice training for active ministry personnel, as required by the 39th General Council (2006), and is specifically designed for people who identify as White.
This item includes:
6 On-your-own hours
3 Live sessions

About this program


This Introductory course meets the requirements for mandatory racial justice training for all active ministry personnel, as required by the 39th General Council (2006).

Dates/Times

Topics covered will be: Racial identity, History of legalized racism in Canada, Layers of Oppression, White Privilege, Culture of White supremacy, Colonial doctrines, Microaggression.

Why are we meeting in separate groups for these initial sessions? It is because the learning needs of Indigenous and Racialized people are often different from the learning needs of White people. Because of their lived experiences, Indigenous and Racialize people certainly have different day-to-day realities than those of White people. At times, in past educational sessions, these folks were often called on to “educate” White people about racism but did not necessarily have opportunities to do their own learnings. And White people have sometimes felt that the need to self-censor because they did not want to say anything “wrong” in front of a Indigenous or Racialized person, even if they had genuine questions about racial justice. As a result, not everyone was receiving the full educational experience.

The Rev. Dr. Bill Smith, previous Chairperson of the Dismantling White Privilege Working Group, also adds the following, “The White Privilege Working Group realizes that separating into groups along racial lines may be uncomfortable for some and may be seen as an act of segregation.” There is, however, a difference between historical segregation and creating settings by self-identified groups that are beneficial for people to have their own space and conversations. The method used in these racial justice sessions is by self-identified groups and is in response to requests made by people who are Indigenous, racialized, and bi-racial to have their own space for dialogue.


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