Melanie S. Morrison

Melanie S. Morrison

Lois McCullen Parr

Lois McCullen Parr

An Advanced Workshop for Doing Our Own Work Graduates

November 8 & 9, 2019, in Southfield, Michigan


In The Color of Fear, Hugh Vasquez says to Gordon Clay: “Do not give up on David.” Many of us have experienced that Hugh’s expectation of Gordon is meant for us as well. As the nation’s political scene rises to a more fevered pitch, and as white people grow more firmly entrenched in the consumption of their particular news sources, the challenge grows for us to move out of our like-minded justice circles. “You yourself must change it,” Adrienne Rich reminds us. These times demand that we practice moving toward those who have grown hopeless about seeing a change in the country’s direction, or those who haven’t developed the ability to talk about racism and white dominant culture, or even those who have become more deeply invested in the status quo.

This two-day workshop invites Doing Our Own Work graduates to practice the skills of engaging white people in our lives whom we are tempted to “un-friend” or write off. We’ll remember those who – with compassionate truth telling – helped us move through racist denial, fear, ignorance and self-righteousness. And we will explore how we can meet others with humility and a comparable generosity, inviting and challenging them to join us on an anti-racist journey.

Utilizing small and large group discussion, difficult scenarios, skill practice, and thoughtful dialogue, we will explore these topics and questions:

  • What does it mean to interrupt white supremacy at our jobs, our places of worship, or our Thanksgiving tables?

  • How do we navigate the places and spaces where white people are obstructionist, in denial, or newly waking up?

  • How can we work to find common ground while holding fast to our deepest convictions?

  • How can we better communicate our belief that another America is possible?

  • How do we develop and deepen relationships of accountability with people of color as we seek to challenge and engage white people in the work of anti-racism?

  • How can we nurture the courage, self-care, and community needed to sustain this work for the long haul?

We will provide ritual, poetry, music, and encouragement – reminding one another that we are not alone in doing this work.

Enrollment is limited to 30 graduates of Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People.

  • Dates and times: November 8 & 9, 2019 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days) Attendance at both days is required.

  • Facilitators: Melanie S. Morrison and Lois McCullen Parr (bios)

  • Location: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075 (a barrier-free facility).

  • Cost: $250. The cost includes program, resource materials, snacks, and beverages. A $75 non-refundable deposit will reserve your place in the workshop. Scholarships are available. We are committed to making this workshop financially accessible.

For information about the seminar or about scholarships contact us.