White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.
Decorah UCC piloted the use of the curriculum in the Fall of 2016. Intentional small group discussions were held during the winter of 2017 at various locations with a group of trained facilitators throughout the Decorah community. Additional sessions of this curriculum will be offered in the future. Contact Pastor Laura for more information.
“I remembered the words of a friend from seminary who once said, ‘White people need to examine their own lives and their own race, and stop looking to me and people of color like we are supposed to give you the answers. Go talk among yourselves and educate yourselves on what it is to be white, first. Work through the things you need to. Then let’s talk about race, racism, and what we can do together.’ This curriculum is a step, a first and important step, in living into her advice.” Laura Arnold

Senior Pastor, Decorah UCC

“The church has perpetuated racism and segregation, and it is contrary to the Gospel.” Amy Larson

Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA

“begin to see what those who are not white experience every day, as part of a culture that privileges those who are white in 1,000 different ways…and to [begin to work to] dismantle privilege that benefits those simply because of the color of their skin.”

John C. Dorhauer

General Minister and President , United Church of Christ

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