What Is Racial Equity?

Book Club January 2018

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Vince Harding in the Foreword says, “[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”

Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America.  At BU, Thurman was a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who always carried with him Thurman’s book “Jesus and the Disinherited.”

Book Club January 2018

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Vince Harding in the Foreword says, “[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”

Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America.  At BU, Thurman was a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who always carried with him Thurman’s book “Jesus and the Disinherited.”

November WRE Action Meeting – 11/9/17

Next month’s Whites for Racial Equity community action will take place on Thursday, Nov 9 from 5-7 pm at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby in Seaside. We will join other local and state organizations as we look at ways to build strong and diverse communities.

WRE will have an informational table at this event with information about our group and activities.

There will be ample opportunities for members to network with other social justice advocates.

Free food and childcare provided.

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October 2017 Movie Discussion

Episode 3 of RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION: The House We Live In, asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/nyregion/memories-of-segregation-in-levittown.html

October 2017 Meeting

Racism is deeply rooted in the American psyche and throughout all our institutions. And no matter how well-meaning and open-minded we may be, it is easy to unknowingly perpetuate racism. Join us tomorrow as we learn how to be more effective and authentic allies.

What’s a microaggression?  A microinvalidation? How do we respond to the many faces of racism?

These bimonthly Saturday meetings provide a safe and supportive time for white people to dig deep, educate ourselves and take an honest assessment of our words and actions.