CALL for Sacred Conversations to End Racism Facilitators
SC2ER is a guided resource based on cultural immersion and cultural perspectives. If you are interested in becoming a trained SC2ER facilitator, please visit the SC2ER webpage to view the introductory videos and table of contents.
To become a SC2ER Facilitator:
Fill out the online Facilitator Application and Request for facilitator training. After applications have been received and approved, I will personally contact you. Facilitator training will take place by Conference. Guided training sessions require approximately 2-hours to complete. A training schedule will be available April 30th
The SC2ER online restorative justice journey is available for download by trained facilitators after church groups commit to Phase One 8-week sessions.
A Restorative Justice Journey: Facilitators Guide
“Race is not Real. Race does not exist biologically nor anthropologically, neither is there any reference to race in the 66 canonized books of the Bible. Race is neither scientific nor sacred. Race is an artificial social construct, and it serves a social function..
Racism is Real. Racism originates from the unholy belief that there are human groups with particular social and physical characteristics that make them superior or inferior to another human group. – Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ
Where are we today regarding race relations within the Christian Church and Society?
The United Church of Christ remains committed to being an anti-racist church. However, we are facing a resurgence of tactics and behaviors that call for a deeper commitment to eradicate the ongoing practices of oppression, hate speech, individual bigotry, and overt violence against communities of color.
Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER) is a restorative justice journey moving people beyond anti-racism conversations to active engagement. SC2ER provides new language, strategies, and realities that engage all the intersections of our lives to unmask, dismantle, and eradicate racism in America. SC2ER seeks to restore humanity, eliminate myths and stereotypes, and engage in deep truth telling about the construction of whiteness and white supremacy.
SC2ER Phase One is a resource for a life long journey to learn more about the development of race categories, which created the conditions for racism in the United States and globally. SC2ER was created in order to either begin, or continue anti-racism work leading to:
- Understanding the divisive nature of race categorizations & the creation of racism
- Teach others what you have learned
- Recognize overt racist behaviors and racial microagressions towards people of color
- Recognize internalized racism and oppression as a person of color
- Invite others on the journey
- Invite the leadership of your church to participate in all four phases of SC2ER
- Work toward actively dismantling and eradicating racism within your church, community, city, state, and nation
The Facilitator Guide has been developed to assist facilitators guide participants through SC2ER Phase One. SC2ER is a web based interactive curriculum. What does that mean? Facilitators are available each week to engage participants more deeply in the material and journey. Facilitators should download and read through the entire document and audiovisual technology available each week. Facilitators are encouraged to purchase and review the suggested resources:
- The People’s Bible
- The People’s Companion to the Bible
- The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures From Africa and the African Disapora
- True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
Facilitators are to encourage participants to also make an investment in the resources. Introduce the additional resources available within the document, and view attached videos on the UCC SC2ER webpages.
Weekly sessions encourage ongoing learning that is interactive with the use of a home computer. Web based technology allows the group and individuals to feel and experience the sessions as they unfold through music, artwork, and videos, which are embedded within the UCC SC2ER website.
Participants will be relying on the facilitator to create a welcoming environment, understand the material, communicate well, listen intently, and provide structure for a healthy environment and interactive group dynamics. You do not have to be an expert, or have all the answers to everyone’s questions. The facilitator’s role is to lead the group, keep the space respectful, open, and encourage people to go deeper.
There is an 8-week time commitment. Facilitators are required to spend time reviewing and preparing for weekly sessions. Facilitators are committed to and comfortable with leading Christian groups in culture-based dialogues about the Bible, theology, and historical narratives. Facilitators will invite diverse groups of people to share the SC2ER restorative journey experience. Facilitators are encouraged to co-facilitate SC2ER if that option is available.
If you are interested in being a SC2ER Facilitator, fill out the application below.
Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Minister for Racial Justice, United Church of Christ (216) 736-3719