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Accountability, Spirituality, and Living in the Tension

Are you a member of a liberal or progressive spiritual/religious organization invested in social justice?
Does the organization struggle when it comes to living out principles of racial justice?
Do you feel conflicted and/or confused when called to be accountable to people of color?

If you answered “yes” to at least two of the questions above, you […]

By |March 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let’s Talk About Race!: A TEDx Talk by Shelly Tochluk

After three months of writing, practicing, and meditation designed to help me get over my phobia of video cameras, I finally delivered this talk. It highlights four strategies that help me stay grounded when navigating race. I hope it is useful for those who care about racial justice and are on the journey toward creating […]

By |February 28th, 2017|anti-racism, Living in the Tension, racial identity|0 Comments

“The First 30 Days of Trump” – Courage Against Racism

On February 25th, a panel discussion, “The First 30 Days of Trump,” will take place in Los Angeles as part of a Courage Against Racism program. I had a hard time saying yes to the invitation to be a panelist, concerned that my voice won’t be strong enough to adequately match the people of color […]

By |January 31st, 2017|anti-racism, AWARE|0 Comments

Community Concerns and Interests Survey

Please read and share! We need some info from you and yours via a 3-minute survey.

For the last 13 years, I have been blessed to be part of AWARE-LA, an organization that approaches anti-racism and activism with an attitude that uplifts personal and collective healing. AWARE-LA recognizes that we need to be responsive (not reactive) […]

By |December 27th, 2016|anti-racism, AWARE|0 Comments

Unmasking Whiteness 2017 – Registration Open!

AWARE-LA will offer its 9th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people from Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017. The event will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny campus.

We limit this group to approximately […]

By |November 24th, 2016|anti-racism, AWARE, racial identity, unmasking whiteness|0 Comments

10 Strategies to Stay Engaged in Race Conversations

As we approach the holiday season, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer an excerpt from Living in the Tension (Chapter 2) that provides a set of 10 approaches that might be useful when trying to remain present and open during critical conversations about race that challenge one’s self-concept. My hope is that you’ll […]

By |October 29th, 2016|anti-racism, Living in the Tension, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross-race friendships are great, but they will not solve the problem.

What follows is an incomplete version of a speech I delivered at the Rochester YWCA – Person 2 Person Graduation Dinner on June 21, 2016. I am posting it because a number of people asked me for the full transcript following the event. Note: Much was added extemporaneously (probably the best parts). I have attempted […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Mandate of Living a Spiritual Life: Work to End Surplus Suffering

While at a family gathering nearly two decades ago, I challenged a conversation between my father and a family friend, both white men in their late 40’s. That evening, these men spoke of their common wish to retire to Mexico, where life would be considerably cheaper. I initially sat in stunned silence, having just recently […]

Grounding – The Philosophical Foundation for Living in the Tension

When I began writing the first draft of Living in the Tension I figured I should explain to the reader about my own spiritual philosophy and how it influences my approach to racial justice. So I wrote all that down as a first chapter.  Later I realized that it stood out from the main text […]

A Review of “Living in the Tension” from Lucky Altman Lynch

With much nervous anticipation, last month I packaged 20 envelopes, each with a pre-production copy of my new book, Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, inside the envelop. Along with the book was a letter asking the recipient to provide me with feedback as well as my hope that the […]