Witnessing Whiteness
Are you ready to challenge the way you view race? 
Kirkwood United Methodist Church hosts
the YWCA’s Witnessing Whiteness Small Group
in the fall and spring of the year.
The 10 Sessions run Sunday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Please CLICK HERE TO EMAIL the YWCA to learn more today!
Why participate in Witnessing Whiteness?
As followers of Jesus, United Methodists believe racism is a sin. However, one does not have to be religious to know racism is immoral, harmful and a violation of human dignity and worth.
In order to help us all address the sin of racism and better understand racism within our culture, Kirkwood UMC, in collaboration with the YWCA of STL, is excited to offer an opportunity for white people to participate in a unique, anti-racism small group called Witnessing Whiteness.
Meeting approx. 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 white people can play a positive part in creating an anti-racist culture.
What is the cost? 
The only cost to take part is the cost of the book “Witnessing Whiteness” by Shelly Tochluk. The book costs $30.00 and financial aid is available upon request. The book can be ordered online from Amazon.com HERE or through local STL booksellers Left Bank Books HERE.
How do I sign up?
Watch for a new registration to open for a Fall 2020 session.
Email the YWCA to sign up! Check out the Kirkwood Social Justice Coalition website for more info and to learn about other social justice and racial justice opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions/FAQ:
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 REV. JESS or call/text Jess Horsley at 314.750.4597 (cell) or call 314.966.8167 x 119 (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.