White Supremacy in the Great Turning
Facilitated by Sarah Nahar, Mutima Imani, Aravinda Ananda and Rachel Marco-Havens
Saturday, August 1, 2020 10am-12pm PDT (US/Canada) UTC-7
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As women of African descent with deep commitment to and understanding of the Work That Reconnects, Sarah, Mutima, Aravinda and Rachel will begin this webinar by sharing how white supremacy shows up in our WTR Network and in the work itself.
Like any body of work or institution that has emerged from our greater society, WTR is not immune to the influence and impact of white supremacy mindset and culture. They will explore ways to dismantle oppression within our work to make space for all to engage in the Great Turning more fully.
After their opening remarks they will take questions from participants and engage in discussion on this topic.
This event is dedicated as a fundraiser to support the movement for racial justice.
A portion of the donations for this event will go to the facilitators to honor their work and contribute to their livelihood. The remainder of the donations will be given directly to Black Lives Matter to support their work. The Work That Reconnects Network will not retain any of the donations collected for this event. If you would like to make an additional donation to the WTR Network you can go to our donation page.
The suggested requested donation for this webinar is between $30-$45USD. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please donate generously within your means but feel free to join us even if you can’t contribute financially.
Sarah Nahar neé Thompson (she/her) is a nonviolent action trainer and interspiritual theologian. Now as a PhD candidate in Syracuse, New York (Haudenosaunee Confederacy traditional land) she focuses on ecological regeneration, community cultivation, and spiritual activism. Previously, Sarah was a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow and worked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Carnival de Resistance and has been the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. She attended Spelman College, majoring in Comparative Women’s Studies and International Studies, minoring in Spanish. She has an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in her hometown.
She has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects since 2014 after she participated in the 2nd People of Color Facilitator Training cohort at Canticle Farm.
Mutima Imani is a Social Justice Visionary, Master Trainer and Facilitator working to Heal the Heart of Humanity by providing 21st Century Tools for Personal/Professional Development and Transformation. Imani is a Global Diversity Specialist who understands and inspires people to think locally while planning globally. Highly skilled at bringing diverse groups together to resolve conflicts, Imani works with people conducting Civic Leadership Training and Restorative Justice Circles and is a Work That Reconnects Facilitator. She is one of the co-facilitators of the WTR Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Program which emphasizes dismantling oppression within its curriculum.
Imani has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Phenomenology; Imani is passionate about how all things work together and what humans can learn from the natural world.
Aravinda Ananda is a social ecologist living on Massachusetts land. Her life’s work is supporting shifts in dominant human relationships from linear extractivism and the resulting devastation of the community of life on Earth to relationships of mutuality and healing. She calls this work Living rEvolution and is working on a book of that title. She does group facilitation, particularly with the Work That Reconnects, and over the past five years has been attending more to the dynamics of human oppressions as they appear in group facilitation contexts. She brings the complexity of her identity as a white-presenting mixed-race woman to her anti-oppression work.
For more information about Aravinda and her work please visit: www.livingrevolution.net.
Rachel Marco-Havens is a multi disciplinary “solutionary” artist. Her primary medium, communication, ignites collaborative conversations, which often lead motivated people to take inspired, regenerative action in their own communities. 35 years of deliberate personal expansion, including immersion in Tibetan Buddhist studies, provide the foundation for Rachel’s art, advocacy and activation. She continuously invites us to recognize the interconnectivity between social, environmental and spiritual justice movements.
Be it facilitating workshops, sharing stories, creating art, delivering a keynote, moderating or participating in a panel discussion or whipping up a party—Rachel moves the energy from the ripples of conversation to waves of inspired activity.