Why did we choose to partner with dRWorks?
We were familiar with dRWorks because several members and our Lead Minister had attended one of their workshops. They are very experienced in helping groups and organizations grasp the reality of racism at a deep level. But what was especially important is that they not only help people understand racism, but they help them take action to put their values into practice.
They are based in Durham and have many partnerships with Durham organizations. They were also willing to customize their approach to meet our unique needs as a UU congregation.
Their approach brings an element of progressive spirituality and community building to the difficult work of delving into racism. When we met with their leaders, we felt an atmosphere of deep listening and respect going both ways.
For all those reasons, we were pleased to partner with them.
When and where are the workshops?
The next workshop is planned for the spring of 2018. Stay tuned for more announcements.
What is the overall format for the workshops?
The two-day agenda includes: storytelling based on our life experience, a look at personal, institutional and cultural racism, a history of the race construct, an investigation of privilege and internalization, caucusing, and visioning. The workshop also includes laughter, silence, reflection, poetry, and more.
Is there a charge for the workshop?
There is no charge for the workshop. ERUUF has budgeted the funds to cover the cost for ERUUFians.