Webinar: From Social Class Ally to Accomplice and Partner
Presenters: UU Class Conversations team (90 minutes)
UU Class Conversations currently offers a 90 minute short, fast-moving and highly interactive online workshop. In it, you will discover how social class and classism have shaped our lives, our beloved faith community, and the organizations we are part of and support. By first examining our own class backgrounds, we will gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations we bring to our work to challenge injustice, white supremacy and inequality. Through the lens of Unitarian Universalism, we will also examine the ways that oppressions intersect to exacerbate inequality.
With this knowledge, we will learn how individually and collectively, as class allies, accomplices and partners, we can eliminate barriers to a just, equitable society. And as we look outward, we will also discover together how to become a more class inclusive faith community.
Once COVID restrictions are eased, UU Class Conversations will resume offering full-day and half-day workshops on understanding social class and bridging differences. And we offer a new workshop, Race-Class: Build Justice, Not Walls.
While the two class options introduce participants to the concepts of class and classism, the full-day workshop helps congregations or organizations develop a cross-class effort to eradicate classism within their faith community and the wider community.
Our new 5.5-hour race-class workshop looks at the intersection of race and class.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to bring a workshop to your congregation, organization or region or to learn more about doing so.
Organizing for Change:
Addressing Classism in Your Faith Community
This interactive, full-day workshop strengthens your UU congregation or organization as you:
- Explore the implications of class and classism.
- Connect classism to growing inequality and other oppressions.
- Begin the organizing process to become less classist and more class inclusive.
Participants share class stories in order to better understand their own class backgrounds and current class status. Strengths and challenges of each class are identified, and participants develop language and concepts to bridge class differences. Together, we explore what classism looks like in congregational life and social justice work. Teams from congregation and/or organizations then develop strategies to begin to shift their faith community toward greater awareness of class and classism, both within their groups and in the wider community.
Part 2 – We offer an hour consultation following the workshop to help you continue to create an organizing action plan for your efforts to address classism.
Facing Class and Classism
This half-day workshop will help participants become familiar with the concepts of class and classism and better understand their own class backgrounds. Strengths and challenges of each class background will be identified and participants helped to develop language, concepts, and strategies to bridge class differences. We will illuminate the intersection between class and race and other issues of diversity and explore the role of classism in escalating inequality.
Create Justice – Not Walls:
Class and Race in UU and US Settings
5.5-Hour Workshop (includes lunch)
Racial and social class biases have been part of the American experience since before the country’s founding. But, bias damages not only the target of prejudice but also the perpetrators and affected communities.
The past few years have seen a marked increase in racially- and ethnically-motivated hate crimes, the rise of white nationalist groups, scapegoating of the white working-class, and hateful, biased hateful rhetoric coming from our highest political offices.
This workshop examines the intersection of class and race and how both separately and together shape the experiences of different members of our UU movement and society-at-large. Based on our seven UU Principles, this interactive workshop also gives participants the chance to address:
- How class and classism and race and racism affect the life of a congregation/organization, and its spiritual and social justice work.
- Ways to make changes toward becoming more inclusive.
- Ideas for expanding our welcome tent and increasing congregational membership.