Spiritual Edition: Compassionate Warrior Bootcamp for White Allies - PDF Version

Spiritual Edition: Compassionate Warrior Bootcamp for White Allies - PDF Version

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Please note this is an Advanced Edition of this book. The official First Edition, both digitally and in print, is expected in October.

A step-by-step guide for becoming a more effective anti-racism ally.

The Boot Camp provides an elegantly sequenced set of short assignments that, step-by-step, build up ally’s ability to engage in productive race conversations with family, friends, and coworkers whose racial views they find problematic.

Liberal religious principles and Unitarian Universalists core values will be important for us to call upon as we aim towards our goals: a beloved community built on radical inclusion, an acknowledgment of our interdependence, much deeper acceptance across societal divides, and our own more consistent commitment to spiritual growth.

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Please note this is an Advanced Edition of this book. The official First Edition, both digitally and in print, is expected in October.

A step-by-step guide for becoming a more effective anti-racism ally.

The Boot Camp provides an elegantly sequenced set of short assignments that, step-by-step, build up ally’s ability to engage in productive race conversations with family, friends, and coworkers whose racial views they find problematic.

Liberal religious principles and Unitarian Universalists core values are embodied in the approach laid out in the readings and activities of each of the 30 steps of this Boot Camp. These universal ideals will be important for us to call upon as we aim towards our goals: a beloved community built on radical inclusion, an acknowledgment of our interdependence, much deeper acceptance across societal divides, and our own more consistent commitment to spiritual growth.

Inevitably, moving toward these goals will mean we must try to create a community where everyday interactions are rooted in a stance of love and a habit of deep listening. If we see it as our personal responsibility to be forces of love and of deep listening, we become part of the solution.

The major attitudinal shift involved in the Compassionate Warrior approach to racial equity work is that we must seek a higher level of acceptance of people whom we think of as having an undeveloped, problematic, or perhaps troubling way of thinking about race and racism. We must find a different way of thinking about the distinction between the people we will work on (whom we must accept) and their views on racism (which we are trying to change).

The notion of radical acceptance may provide a useful way of discussing the values we aspire to. In radical acceptance, we are not fighting with current realities in the world - or within us, for that matter - but rather we are deeply accepting what is true now and holding hope for what might be. From that place of acceptance, we are making choices about what we want to do in order to create what might be.