Discovering Our Ancestors
Date(s) - 01/11/2022
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
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On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, our topic is “Discovering Our Ancestors.” We’ll listen to a half-hour reflection on that topic together and then do some exercises to explore some of the possibilities it raises:
- Do we have blood ancestors whose actions we would like to disclaim? How can we find an option that is neither venerating them nor being mired in shame?
- Do we not even know who our blood ancestors or earlier family generations are? How does that feel?
- Who are our ancestors in the work for justice and a better world? These are not necessarily blood ancestors or people we know. They might be famous or known only to us. What happens when we name them?
- What would we say to all of these ancestors if we could? What do we imagine they might say to us? What would we like to say to our descendants (whether by blood or influence)?
I (Amy) have found it meaningful, though challenging, to engage with the whole idea of ancestors. I hope you will too.
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All people of whatever race or background are welcome to attend any or all sessions. We call the group “White Folks . . . ” because we recognize that the work of dismantling white supremacy is for white people to do. It’s also important to have anti-racism learning spaces for white folks, where they can grapple with new ideas about racism and speak candidly about their fears and misconceptions. It can be painful for people of color to witness these conversations, so we have created this space apart from the main body of the congregation.