First Congregational United Church of Christ is offering a three-week series on racism beginning on Monday, Nov. 26, and continuing through Monday, Dec. 10. Sessions will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, and are free and open to the public.
Sessions one and two will focus on a DVD by Shakti Butler, Ph.D. called "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" from World Trust Educational Services. This series is part of "Heart to Heart Conversations," a national conversation on race and culture in the United States.
Although the film explores White identity development and privilege, it is designed to be of use for all people, regardless of race, creed or gender. The program is designed to enhance a process that stimulates critical thinking and transformative learning for all participants. Transformative learning is a form of adult education that unearths deeply embedded assumptions about respective belief systems and resulting world-views. It is intended to encourage and support the building of skills needed for wrestling with tough issues.
Racism and White privilege have a historical and economic context. They function at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels of society. Dialogue and discussion will be interspersed with video stories and reflection.
The final session will feature a panel presentation and discussion with members of UW Stout's Black Student Union. Organization president Shadrack Masaki will coordinate the panel along with Frank Burdick and Nita Fitzgerald, Minister of Christian Education & Spiritual Development at the church.
For more information about the Mirrors of Privilege program, see http://world-trust.org/. For more information about this racism series, contact Nita Fitzgerald at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie; or firstname.lastname@example.org; or 715 235-5838.