4th Principle Dialogue Group

Thursday, September 22, 7:00–8:45 p.m. in King
“Why Anti-Racism Will Fail”

Headshot of Rev. Thandeka

Join UUC’s 4th Principle Dialogue Group as we continue discussing Rev. Thandeka’s 1999 Meadville-Lombard lecture “Why Anti-Racism Will Fail.” In the ’90s, Rev. Thandeka was a leading African American voice in the UU community, and she is still active today. In 1997, delegates at the UUA General Assembly voted to launch the “Journey Toward Wholeness” anti-racism program, and this lecture was in response to that program. 

Why did Rev. Thandeka say that the UUA’s anti-racism program was at odds with UU values? Why did she say that the program fails to grasp the reality of racism? What perspective did she offer on most white people whose actions are deemed racist? What might all this mean for us at UUC? 

Participants are invited to think ahead of time about the answers to three questions: What in the lecture do you agree with? What would you disagree with? and What are you curious and uncertain about? 

This dialogue welcomes all members and friends of UUC who are willing to do the hard work of listening. A UU congregation might be the best place for for people to be really heard. The lecture is short, and even if you can’t attend the dialogue you are invited to read it and discuss it with other congregants. For more about Rev. Thandeka, see her Wikipedia page (which Jonathan Tweet started).

3 Responses

  1. I am so glad I was sent this and opened it as I have basically dropped out of UUC because something that was happening rang false. I am not as wise as Thandeka in being able to articulate just what it was, but she did. She said it so well.

  2. Jonathan Tweet says:

    @Judith, I’m sorry that your experience rang false, I’m happy that you got something out of Thandeka’s lecture, and I hope to see you again someday. —Jonathan

  3. Yes, I bought High Conflict and am trying to stay “alert.” So far it seems I can’t find much disagreement with folks I talk with here. I’m in a bubble.

    I am no longer in the very conservative, frankly scared and Trumpster San Bernardino mountain area above LA. That was challenging.