Sermons

Resisting White Supremacy — What’s in it for White People?

Ken Wagner, preaching, Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Worship Service
Sunday, January 22, 2017
10:30pm in the Meetinghouse
Ken Wagner, preaching

(Note that Ken will be leading a seven-part workshop series in February, March and April.)

How can I live with courage and integrity when the culture provides unearned benefits to me in my identities as white, male, heterosexual, able-bodied and middle class? How do I navigate the moral ambiguity if I live with some dominant identities and some targeted identities? Is it possible to find spiritual wholeness when those with those advantaged identities have perpetrated so much pain and suffering? How does one navigate the denial and guilt that attaches to those identities in order to stand in solidarity with those targeted for oppression? Explore these questions as Ken Wagner shares part of his journey in grappling with these questions. You may be surprised at the potential for spiritual wholeness and liberation on a very personal level.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7 in the Parlor

About Ken Wagner:

Ken Wagner is former president of the Clara Barton District of the UUA, the District Presidents Association, and of First Parish Church of Stow & Acton.  He is currently a member of the Northborough congregation. Ken’s anti-racism journey began in his congregation a number of years ago in what was called a “white-privilege” group.  Since that time, he and his wife Laura, the current executive director of UUMASS Action, have facilitated a number of groups, workshops and film series across New England focused on the examination of race and the impact of white supremacy on our lives.  As president of the Clara Barton district, he made identity awareness and training a top priority for the district board, and has facilitated a number of such trainings and workshops at General Assembly and at District gatherings.  

He currently serves on the UUA’s Nominating Committee and was one of the founding members of the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team called GRACE.  He has also served for the last nine years on the Executive Steering Committee of the Allies for Racial Equity and is currently the President of that organization.

Ken has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and lives with Laura in Marlborough.  They have four children and three grandchildren and he has lots of pictures to share if you absolutely insist on seeing them.