racial justice

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

By |February 28th, 2017|

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 […]

Community Concerns and Interests Survey

By |December 27th, 2016|

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) […]

10 Strategies to Stay Engaged in Race Conversations

By |October 29th, 2016|

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 […]

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

By |June 25th, 2016|

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 […]

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

By |May 16th, 2016|

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

By |April 23rd, 2016|

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 […]