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White Guilt and Spiritual Healing

Last month I received two very intriguing and connected requests. The first was to publish a guest blogger’s article on White Guilt and Spiritual Health. The second was an invitation to co-facilitate a webinar on Transforming White Guilt for Everyday Feminism. A beautiful synchronicity, I would say. See below for the article by Cassie Steele, […]

By |May 19th, 2018|anti-racism, racial identity, Spirituality, Uncategorized|0 Comments

When History Repeats: A Concern and a Response

Last Fall, when I came face to face with members of the alt-right, people intent on provoking the men and women of color around me in order to videotape their angry reactions for the sake of white supremacist fund-raising, I wrote about it. I wrote about the disappointment I felt at the police response, and […]

By |April 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On-ramps and Lanes on the Racial Justice Freeway

In my late twenties, I did not experience myself as a political being. I loved psychology, valued community building, and was attracted to healing modalities. I was also an educator. I understood that racism was wrong. And thanks to mentorship provided by amazing people of color, I understood that my socialization as a white woman […]

By |December 13th, 2017|anti-racism, AWARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spirit and Soul in Challenging Times

I have been inspired this last month by the growing number of people creating networks, workshops,  and curricula that combine healing practices with racial identity and justice work. Recent conversations brought to mind a particular conceptual framing that has been really meaningful to me. It’s what helps me hold the spiritual conception of transcendence in […]

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

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 […]

White People, Racial Fear, and Microaggressions

Successful activist efforts by students of color have occurred as students at hundreds of campuses across the nation advocate for change. See stories from the University of Missouri, Claremont McKenna, Occidental College, Dartmouth, and Yale, just to name a few.

In the midst of these empowering actions, media outlets have also been covering a debate about […]

By |November 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Love Letter to a White Anti-Racist

I recently attended a presentation by Chris Crass, a powerful speaker, activist, and community organizer. I have followed his work for over a decade and we agree on issues (privilege, structural racism, community building, organizing white people, etc.), so I figured I knew exactly what to expect. In the final minutes of his speech, though, […]

By |October 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments