Adult Forums

ASDIC is available to help your religious community wrestle with the issue of racism and develop the skills to talk about and counteract it. We have designed four hour-long workshops to fit into Sunday adult forums (we can adjust times as needed). These forums include opportunity for dialogue, and cover basic intercultural, multicultural, and antiracism competence.

 
 
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Forum 1: Downloading & Internalizing maps & meaning

What does your interpretive map look like? Learn to identify the foundational legacy of structures and understandings that regulate our interpersonal encounters and norm the practices, expectations, assumptions, and values of the institutions that organize our realities. Basics in culture theory with application to interracial relationship.

Purpose:

To create the emotional context to experience the basic processes of an antiracial dialogue.

To understand how we come to receive and internalize racist structures of thinking and understanding.

To question our received worldview and social stereotypes and see how these stereotypes look like in social interactions.

 
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Forum 2: downloading & internalizing the racial social order

Explore the routine racial dynamics playing out in and about us in personal and institutional spaces as we act out racialized mindsets. These mindsets manifest in worldviews, feelings, social communications (conscious and unconscious), and contexts that support the racial hierarchy in US society.

Purpose:

To identify the ongoing operations of the racial order in our lives–what it looks like, where it is found, AND how it influences our thinking and behavior.

To examine how our self-other understandings are constructed through the culture (the stuff, standards, and processes of interpretation.)

 
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Forum 3: downloading racism: myth, social reality & whiteness as frames of understanding

Explore race as a myth that has social consequences, and as a frame of understanding we use to organize and navigate the world. Through this understanding we see ourselves as raced–individuals and collectives who encounter the world through the lens of race.

Purpose:

To understand race as a myth or social construction that has consequences in reality.

To experience the social reality of race in everyday life.

To understand how The framework of race works as a central organizing principle–organizing our knowledge, beliefs, assumptions, expectations, feelings, and worldview.

 
 

Forum 4: uploading transformative possibilities for eliminating racism, imagined & embodied

In this session we explore an ethic of risk–identifying why we have not risked challenging the racial status quo, what mature moral action requires of us, and which steps we can take to deal with the problem of racial privilege. We will come to recognize the misery that systems of privilege cause, thereby imposing moral responsibility on us.

Purpose:

To embrace an ethic of risk, persisting in resistance when problems arise in their full magnitude.

To accept within an ethic of risk the requirements and responsibilities of maturity in eliminating racism.

To identify the barriers to an ethic of risk–the myth of “It’s always been this way and it always will” and the myth of no effect.

To identify the personal and collective steps that can be taken to change the status quo.