Liberating Ourselves from Racism is a program offered by the Mission Institute that engages communities and congregations through a powerful four-part adult education series geared towards inviting them into the critical work of examining racism internally, interpersonally, and systemically. Instead of being a lecture series or a cookie cutter experience, each series is created with, tailored to, and facilitated in such a way that is contextual to each community.
Our method of facilitating is rooted in a style of participatory learning, which has it roots in community development and movements of liberation worldwide, including the work of Paulo Friere (1972).
We begin with building trust and community by telling stories that uncover historical moments in forming our truths about race.
We unlock and wrestle with difficult emotions that arise when engaging racism and white supremacy, helping to build resilience and sharpen our abilities to work with and through difficult emotions.
We continue the work of examining and understanding where white dominant culture has harmed us and our communities, leading to lives of limits, anxiety, and/or oppression. This enables us to begin to envision what liberation looks like.
We conclude by creating and engaging systems that will allow for the ongoing work of liberation in our own lives and in the life of our community.