It’s been a long time since I wishcasted on a Wednesday. Jamie Ridler used to host, but once she stopped offering a prompt, I stopped writing them. But today I feel compelled to make a wish, a wish for change, and to suggest one way we could start to shift things.
There are plenty of things gone wrong, lots of work to be done, changes that need made in ourselves and the world. People are dealing with all kinds of suffering on a personal level, and as a human society we deal with multiple forms of dysfunction, struggle, and violence — so much that it can feel overwhelming. We can identify what’s wrong, but It’s hard to know what to do about it.
I wrote a post a few weeks ago on being an ally. In it, I suggested that we must educate ourselves, practice compassion, and love harder. Brilliant Author, speaker, social justice activist, tender, big-hearted Patti Digh is offering something that grants my wish.
It’s a FREE 4-week online seminar, Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism, Unconscious Racism, and Silent Racism.
This short course is merely intended to provide a spark of awareness and a more helpful set of questions. There are many steps that must be taken after awareness, and we will include resources for further discovery and future action.
We will hear diverse voices, we will ask questions, we will tell our own truths, and we will become allies – and not just allies, but effective allies.
I am hosting this series of conversations simply to provide a safe place for dialogue about race to take place, to provide vetted resources for White people who want to do something to help eradicate racism but don’t know enough about the impact of racism, its history, or their collusion in it, to do so effectively. I am working in concert with diverse professionals in the field to ensure that this is meaningful, fair, and safe for all involved.
I wish people would share this opportunity with everyone they know, that they would take advantage of it themselves, that we would all show up with open hearts and learn something, and then be able to take what we learn out into the world and through right action make things better.
Thank you for this, Jill. I had not heard of Patti’s intention to offer this course and I believe it is timely and relevant. I’ve signed up.
Great, Mary! Thanks for sharing the link on Twitter too. ❤
P.S. We just made reservations to be in Waldport for six weeks next summer. Hopefully we can get together while we are there. ❤