Mindful Communication Towards Racial Justice

***This series will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church (1118 Preston Ave. Charlottesville); Directions and information on parking available from here.***

As American society inches slowly towards recognizing and dismantling systems of racial oppression and white dominance, how can white members of our community contribute towards greater equity in meaningful ways? One domain where the white community can have significant impact is in gaining increased fluency in discussing race, privilege and inequity with other white people. As the anti-racist scholar, Robin DiAngelo notes, “Whites have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides.” Cultivating the emotional, communicative and mindfulness skills necessary to engage in the struggle for racial justice is a deliberate and lifelong journey; one that requires courage, lots of practice and a willingness to make endless mistakes.

In this six-week class based in mindful communication strategies, we will build a foundation that seeks to encourage more open and honest discussion of what being a white American means – its privileges and pitfalls. Supported by readings, podcasts and videos, participants can expect to gain a more coherent and comprehensive understanding of our country’s racial hierarchy and of our own individual orientation towards our whiteness. Turning a curious heart and mind towards white people’s place in our nation’s system of racial oppression can elicit strong and difficult reactions and emotions; when acknowledged and processed, these responses can act as a portal to furthering one’s personal racial journey as our nation continues to reckon with the legacies of slavery.

This series will be offered on Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm from January 8th – February 12, 2020  at Trinity Episcopal Church.  

This 6 week series is being offered Pay-What-You-Can $30-$120. The value of this series is $120. Sign-up from here.

You can pay online for the series in increments of $10 between $30-$120. You are also welcome to pay over the phone at 434-218-7677, or in person at our Jefferson School location when we have other services going on. 

Scholarships for this series are available. For information on scholarships, please send an inquiry to info@commongroundcville.org.

This series will require a minimum of 4 people to be signed-up. If we haven’t hit the minimum we will contact those already signed up so that we all have chance to recruit a friend or two in the last few days.

Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class; refunds will not be issued after this point. Refunds are not available for missed classes.

About Liz Reynolds: Liz Reynolds has been a student of racial injustice in our country since her time in college in DC almost ten years ago. Becoming aware of the segregation and inequity in that city led her to numerous volunteer activities that only cemented her awareness of the legacy of slavery. Her participation in a White Awake group through the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville has encouraged her to look deeply at the social inequities in our community and has motivated her to work toward increased awareness. Liz has sustained a personal meditation practice since 2010; yoga and Alexander Technique teacher training have reinforced her spiritual practices as she continues the lifelong process of being present with and inhabiting her body.