By the end of the Within Phase of the program, you will be more clear about your own racial identity and personal history, learning new skills for connection, and exploring your own relationship to racial justice practices.
This curriculum offers tools and strategies to continue to deepen your learning and your commitment to racial justice.
This first phase of the work will better prepare you to engage in the next phases, Among and Beyond, where we will start to look at how race, racism, and white supremacy impact the systems of our congregations and communities and work together to shift them. While personal work is an essential precursor to systemic work, it is also a worthy and needed focus in its own right, and should not be seen only as a means to an end.
The aim of this program is to underline that racial justice work (and the self-understanding and personal work that is essential to it) is the work of our lifetime, and we engage it in different ways. There is no rush and no deadline; everyone has work to do and we will all have different learning goals and outcomes.