Fahs Collaborative Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Resource

The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School, creator of the Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity curriculum, has eight suggestions for dismantling white supremacy culture in your congregation:

  • Fahs Collaborative Beloved Conversations

    Create/fund programs and spaces to nurture the spiritual growth and faith formation of children, youth and adults of color

  • Train "prophetic pastoral caregivers" to minister to white fragility and resistance while moving white people toward more resilient and accountable solidarity

  • Create alternative decision-making structures to "majority rules" democracy; center the voices and experiences of people of color

  • Commit human, infrastructural, and financial resources—without high barriers for access—to community partners and organizations, led by and for people of color

  • Recruit, train, and empower leadership by children/people of color in all areas of congregational life (not just in social/racial justice areas)

  • Institutionalize an explicit commitment to racial justice in your bylaws, ends statements, hiring policies, financial policies, and decision-making structures

  • Do theological reflection and political education about the intersections of white supremacy and all other justice and service projects

  • Provide regular educational and spiritual deepening opportunities for congregants of all races to engage in learning and reflection about white supremacy

Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity is one of the best educational and spiritual deepening opportunities a congregation can provide. The latest version, Beloved Conversations: Virtual, is a brand-new program, designed and intended for online participation with vastly improved new features.