Witnessing Whiteness

Are you ready to challenge the way you view race?

Witnessing Whiteness Small Group 
Hosted by Kirkwood United Methodist Church
Will begin meeting in January 2018
The Kirkwood United Methodist Church Small Group is now FULL! 
The session times for registered participants are: 
Sundays, Twice monthly, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, March 11, March 25,
April 8, April 22, May 6, and May 20
As United Methodists, we believe racism is a sin.
In order to help us address the sin of racism and better understand racism within our culture, Kirkwood United Methodist Church – in conjunction with the YWCA – is excited to offer KUMC and the Kirkwood community an opportunity to participate in a new small group, Witnessing Whiteness.
Meeting twice monthly for 2 hours, this 10-session small group is designed specifically for white people 18 years and older who want to educate and challenge themselves to learn more about racism and how we can play a part in creating a culture that is anti-racist.
What’s the Cost? 
The only cost to take part in the small group is the cost of the book Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk. The book costs $35.00 and financial aid is available upon request.
How do I sign up? 
The group meeting at Kirkwood United Methodist Church is now full. If you are interested in getting into another group, please contact the YWCA and they will help you find another group.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why a white space? Why do we meet as a group of white people?

For many, it sounds contradictory: “Isn’t it racist if just white people to get together? Isn’t that segregation?” The following are our reasons for organizing as a white anti-racist community:


1. People of color shouldn’t always have to be the ones to educate white people about racism and oppression. We are taking responsibility for learning about racism, our own white privilege, and how to challenge it as white people.
2. In order to challenge racism and dismantle white supremacy, white people need to unlearn racism and discover the ways we enact white privilege. This is a long, difficult, and sometimes painful process. It’s helpful to have a space where other white people engaged in this process can support and challenge us, without having to always subject people of color to further undue trauma or pain as we stumble and make mistakes. Having a community of white anti-racist people gives us hope, helps us grow our practice, and gives us strength to stay in it for the long haul.

3. A commitment to anti-racist identity and practice as a white person can sometimes mean increased alienation and conflict in our lives, especially with other white friends and family who disagree with us. This is a space where we can get support from people who are experiencing similar struggles as anti-racist white people.


4. This is a space for white people to figure out what it means to be an anti-racist white person and challenge racism in all areas of our lives. We cannot expect people of color to have all of the answers for us on how to transform ourselves and other white people. As white people we are well equipped to understand what it means to be a white, as well as a white anti-racist.


5. This is a place where white people can begin to build a new culture of white anti-racism, and learn the skills needed to transform the larger white community.
6. This group is a supplement to, not a replacement for, multi-racial dialogues and activism between white people and people of color. It’s important that white people give space in their lives to learning from and bearing witness to people of color’s experiences of racism.

7. A white space serves as a resource to people of color who want to work with white people but do not want to have to spend all their energy dealing with the racism of white people.


Please EMAIL JESS or call KUMC Family & Student Minister Jess Horsley at 314.750.4597 (cell) or 314.966.8167 x119 (office).
The above FAQ was created and revised by AWARE-LA through a cyclical process that included small group dialogue, brainstorm, and discussion. It has been used by many to help explain why we do our consciousness raising work with the white community.