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Antiracism Commission Hosts “Waking up White” Discussion Beginning March 15

The Antiracism Commission of the Diocese of Chicago invites members of the Diocese to join in 5 week facilitated discussion of Waking up White, by Debby Irving, beginning Monday, March 15. The discussion will be facilitated by Constance and Dain Perry, who recently led a screening of the film, Traces of the Trade, for the Diocese. Active Episcopalians who live in Boston, Massachusetts, Constance and Dain have years of experience facilitating conversations on racism and racial reconciliation.

From the Antiracism Commission: “Waking Up White is an excellent book for group discussion on race. It works well for people who are new to the journey and for those who are far along on the journey. In it, Debby Irving details her own personal learnings, some surprising to her and some traumatic, as she finally began to realize that she was not as aware of racism and its implications as she thought. She does not lecture or point fingers, other than at herself. Rather, she uses her story and her experiences to teach.”

The book discussion will meet for five consecutive Mondays from 6-8 pm Central via Zoom, beginning on March 15. Register here. There is no cost to participate, but we ask that you purchase or borrow the book, Waking up White, in advance of the first meeting. The link to the zoom will be sent after you have submitted your registration.

In addition to the book discussion, group members will be invited to participate in a check-in, two months after the group ends, to discuss the impact of the sessions, what participants learned, and how they are applying it.

For more information, contact the Antiracism Commission or Courtney Reid.