**Webinar connection information TBD**
For White Male (Cis, Trans, Masculine leaning) UU Clergy Who Ask:
“How can we, as white male UU ministers, bring our leadership and ministry in ways that further feminism, racial justice and collective liberation?
How can we actively support and be in solidarity with the leadership of women, people of color, and others marginalized and oppressed in society, and in our faith institutions and culture?
How can we minister to the hearts and lives of white men and boys in these changing times in our denomination and society.
How can we support white men and boys to be social justice leaders rather than fall prey to the messages of the alt-right and reactionaries that blame people of color and women for their pain.”
Continue your growth with a 3-part online series for White Male UU Clergy led by Chris Crass
Each session is two hours long
There are short readings and reflection questions as well.
Weds. Jan. 29, 12:30 EST
Weds. Feb. 26, 12:30 EST
Weds. Mar. 25, 12:30 EST
Cost of all 3 sessions for members: $250
Space is limited
Chris Crass is a longtime social justice author, educator and organizer who works in white communities to develop anti-racist commitment and leadership and with men to develop feminist commitment and leadership. Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious and spiritual leaders to build up the Spiritual Left. He is also the author of Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy and Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Tools for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter. He lives in Louisville, KY with his two sons.
You can learn more about his work at www.chriscrass.org.
From UU Ministers Who Participated In Previous Discussion Groups:
"White male clergy hold more unearned power than we can imagine. Unless we learn to check ourselves, and minister mindfully, our efforts will have the opposite of the holy and radical impact we hope. These sessions are a way to safely explore our biases, gifts, and some new perspectives with colleagues and a wise facilitator."
- Rev. Jake Morrill
Lead Minister, Oak Ridge UU Church, TN
"Learning and growing in a white, male UU minister setting, as we worked together to undermine and eradicate patriarchy and racism in ourselves, in our churches, and in our culture, was a powerful experience. Chris Crass skillfully led us in a deeper exploration of what it meant to look at and begin to heal the patriarchy embedded in ourselves and in our own lives, as a beginning point in healing the wider world. Doing our own internal work is an essential part of being a good ally, and so I was grateful to walk away from this group with a) a deeper understanding of how patriarchy operates on multiple levels and in many layers to perpetuate harm, and b) with new ideas and resources to help create change."
- Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd
Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, IN
“We are at a time in our history where it feels incredibly important for both ourselves and our ministries to reflect deeply in on the systems of patriarchy and white supremacy in which we swim, especially as white, male, UU ministers. That is exactly what we did in our first group facilitated by Chris Crass. This is not a one and done proposition, it is a long hall, step-by-step movement forward for which I am grateful for Chris’ accompanying and his facilitation. I would recommend that working with Chris in these groups be one of the things that you consider undertaking as we all continue to do the important and messy work for which we are called.”
- Rev. David Miller
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA
“I found this workshop to be enormously helpful. It combines deep sharing and self-exploration with a practical call for next steps that we can act on right away. Doing that work in company with other folks facing similar challenges, and with similar aspirations, was a huge gift.”
- Norman Allen, Minister, Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, Camp Springs, MD