Unraveling Whiteness Series:
Following the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects
How do we as white folks show up as the world constantly shifts under our feet? Join us in exploring this question with a group of white folks committed to deepening our anti-racism identities and interrupting patterns of white supremacy that are unconsciously and consciously played out as we live in these times.
We are at once experiencing personal stretch and strain, and also witnessing the large scale effects of systemic racism and the life and death consequences for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. As we connect the dots from the personal to the systemic (and vis versa) we become more adept at showing up as anti-racist white people and participating in dismantling racism and white supremacy. This work needs you!
This series will invite you to explore the wisdom of your emotions and the scope of your imagination as equally important learning tools to addressing racism alongside information and analysis. The Work that Reconnects (WTR) Spiral forms the container in which the overall series is held and individual sessions are designed. WTR is a group of teachings, meditations, community exercises, and grounding practices that are built around the belief that we are interconnected beings in the web of life. We have found that in well-held community, the feelings of anxiety, anger, and despair that are often present within the territory of large-scale societal threats, realities of systemic racism, and regular change can be transformed to hope and action. We invite you into the journey with us!
5 Sessions Online:
Tuesday’s from 6:45pm – 9pm CENTRAL Time
Nov. 9th, Nov. 16th, Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, & Dec. 14th 2021 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
• Session 1: Beginning with Gratitude, Context Setting, & Group Development
• Session 2: Part 1 Examining White Supremacy Patterns: Pandemic / Change Responses
• Session 3: Part 2 Examining White Supremacy Patterns: Ongoing Police Brutality Responses
• Session 4: Deep Time Work: Ancestors / Future Beings: Examining Whiteness in our Legacies
• Session 5: Going Forth: Setting Intentions & Commitments: Living into Anti-racist Identities
Cross-Class Solidarity Tickets / Organizational Level Tickets: $365
Break Even Tickets: $240
Under Employed/Student Tickets: $115
Payment Plans Available
Registration closes on Monday Nov. 1, 2021 at midnight.
About Our Facilitators:
Kara Bender (she /her) is a systems thinker, organizer, skillful and playful facilitator, participant-centered educator, and is energized by cultivating intentional community and creative conversations as ways to grow our collective imaginations. With roots on the east coast, she now lives at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, in St Louis MO, on Osage, Illini, Chickamaga Cherokee, and Ioway land. Deeply committed to naming her stake and responsibility as a white cis-gendered woman in ending oppressive systems, she has committed over 15 years to learning with and from anti-racist communities of color and anti-racist white folx. Her biggest influences have come from working as an affordable housing organizer, co-directing a legislative advocacy program, being an anti-racism facilitator and consultant, and participating in innovative projects like the Carnival de Resistance, that bridged art, activism, and faith to engage communities in conversations about environmental justice. Kara is animated by the practice of apprenticing with and learning from the stories and songs of the earth and her people. To this end, she has been organizing and facilitating Work that Reconnects events as one way to listen to her body and the Earth.
Laura Horwitz (she/her) is a catalyst for learning, change and giving. She has more than 17 years of experience in community organizing, training and capacity building, program design and evaluation. She currently serves as the Senior Manager of Planning and Partnerships at Generate Health, an organization focused on closing racial disparities in infant mortality in St. Louis, and maintains an independent training and consulting practice through which she supports organizations and individuals committed to racial equity. After the Ferguson uprising, Laura co-founded and served for four years as the Executive Director of We Stories, which engages white families in changing the conversation about and building momentum toward racial equity. In that time the organization went from being a volunteer effort with no budget led by 2 passionate founders to a sustainable and strong nonprofit organization with a committed donor base, passionate participants, and proven impact on the lives of nearly 1000 local families. Laura has been instrumental in forming STL mutual aid and its financial solidarity network in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is a board member for St. Louis County Library, and the chair of the City of Clayton’s Equity Commission. Laura’s commitment to justice work is rooted in her Jewish identity and a passion ignited in college to more deeply understand our country’s multiracial history and the formation of whiteness.