The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation is thrilled to bring a new program to our UU community. Finding Freedom: White Women Taking On Our Own White Supremacy is a five-part series designed specifically for white and white-socialized women or genderqueer folks.
The purpose of Finding Freedom is to deepen our individual and collective understanding of how we as white women and gender-expansive people are complicit with white supremacy, and how we can make changes that help us live more deeply and consistently into our racial justice commitments.
UUWF is offering this series for three reasons:
We know that our history as a primarily white upper middle class women’s organization includes dismissing, ignoring, silencing, and failing women of color, and we are committed to being an authentically multi-racial organization that practices an inclusive approach to justice work. Part of doing that is for white women to hold ourselves accountable as white people, and do the work necessary to become more effective co-conspirators in the movement for collective liberation.
We’ve heard from our members that they are interested in going beyond “Anti-racism 101” and explore their role as white people in dismantling white supremacy. People have said that they want to dig deeper, and we want to do that with you.
We want to provide practical tools for UU groups and congregations who are interested in taking their racial justice work to the next level. We encourage several people from a UU group or congregation to participate together–it will make it easier to apply what we learn to our local justice work.
We are excited to have Evangeline Weiss and Kari Points facilitate Finding Freedom, because they bring lived experience as queer white women who also have a keen understanding of intersectionality, including the intersections of race, gender, and class. Evangeline and Kari have spent more than 40 years combined as white queer people working with communities, individuals and organizations that center racial, gender, and economic justice. They developed Finding Freedom and launched it in 2017, and to date, more than 500 white women and genderqueer people have participated in the workshop. We are in very good hands.
The Finding Freedom workshop series is right for you if you are striving to understand your own relationship to being white and how that impacts your ability to make your way in a multiracial world. All white women and genderqueer people are welcome in the workshops.
Join us. Bring a few comrades from your congregation or UU group. Let’s dig in.