We’re continuing our theme of THRESHOLDS, recognizing this time of transition and transformation: racial, environmental, economic, cultural, spiritual. How to leave behind old ways and enter into new ones? How to be with the uncomfortable space of not-yet, the messy middle? Together we’ll engage imagination, spirit, and real-life skills for threshold times.
Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: book study and reflection group
September 12 and October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Some of us struggle with our family history of white privilege and harm. Join local writer June BlueSpuce for a two-part workshop and reflection on the book Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by White Women. Using a lens of inherited trauma and family history, this collection of 12 personal essays offers a hopeful, humanizing path for dismantling whiteness. In 12 different ways, from 12 different backgrounds, each writer
untangles grief, rage, race, and belonging in their families and ancestries. Finally, BlueSpruce believes, we need our ancestors: how do we find strength to reckon with, heal, and learn from our ancestors?
You are encouraged to attend both Zoom workshops (but not required). Participants should plan to read 1-3 chapters from the book for each workshop and do some short reflections. The book is available at local independent bookstores and the Seattle Public Library. If you need to borrow the book from another community member, assistance in purchasing it, or have questions, contact Beth at GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com or 206-860-3641.
Gathering Ground is an independent program sponsored by UCUCC, where people of all beliefs come together to share and forge meaning. Programs are always free to attend with contributions welcomed. You will receive a secure Zoom link for each event when you RSVP on our website www.GatherinGround.org, emailing us at GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com or calling 206-880-3641.