By Conference Minister Diane Weible
Happy New Year! I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions but I am working on something in that spirit—goals for 2019.
One of those goals that I shared with Conference Council at the end of the year is that I will create opportunities for us as a Conference to engage in important conversations around the problem of the single (dominant) narrative of society in an effort to address white privilege and set the groundwork for meaningful conversations around racial justice and dismantling white supremacy.
As many of you know, I’m working on my Doctor of Ministry degree and this is the focus of my project and my thesis. One of the most important take-aways I received from this project was that this is a pervasive issue that began long before any of us were born and that we (white people) will be working on long after all of us have left this earth. How we lead in a persistent way in this work to have the important conversations we need to have is what I believe is crucial for transformative change.
In an effort to demonstrate the leadership in this area that I think is vital, I will be hosting a series of online sessions over the course of 2019 (and beyond) that will invite us into these important conversations. Information about the first series is posted below.
Please consider reading Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility, and joining us in these sacred conversations.