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WELCA Spring Retreat

Inez Torres Davis is Women of the ELCA director for justice. She also coordinates the Women of the ELCA grants program, which makes annual grants to groups and agencies that provide support and services to women and children; and she develops programs, events, and conversations related to racism, cross-cultural understanding, commercial sexual exploitation, and the care of creation. Inez supports Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality, our network of anti-racism educators and advocates.

Inez Torres Davis
800-638-3522, ext. 2428

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Please read the instructions carefully on both the Retreat Registration form and Scholarship form (if you require financial aid).

Pre-reading materials below forms...

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Read the essay that many think started it all for many White people: 

The second pre-reading is  (encourage them to use some of the links embedded in this article)

And then ask them to view this 10 minute clip of Tim Wise discussing White Privilege:;_ylt=A0LEV7s5KEpWLygAS08nnIlQ;_ylc=X1MDMTM1MTE5NTY4NwRfcgMyBGZyA3locy1tb3ppbGxhLTAwNARncHJpZANyWkxtMV9VdlJPR2dVVWoucm5kVC5BBG5fcnNsdAMwBG5fc3VnZwMxMARvcmlnaW4Dc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMgRwcXN0cgN0aW0gd2lzZQRwcXN0cmwDOARxc3RybAMyNARxdWVyeQN0aW0gd2lzZSB3aGl0ZSBwcml2aWxlZ2UEdF9zdG1wAzE0NDc3MDA1ODE-?p=tim+wise+white+privilege&fr2=sa-gp-search&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004

The thing about this clip (directly above) is that the link takes you to a page of multiple film clips. The film clip I want them to watch is less than 10 minutes; it is 9min 31 seconds to be exact. So, they will need this extra bit of info to accompany the link.  Tim is an energetic speaker and some find him abrasive but this short clip ties together historical privilege to white privilege in this current century. Worth a look!

These pieces I am recommending as pre-work will prepare the women to participate in the retreat more knowledgably and more effectively. This is true even if I do not reference any of it when we are together; because whereas they convey some of same things we convey, they do not do it the way that we do nor do they contain WELCA’s new curriculum.  There are four months between now and the retreat. If they start now they can take this at a leisurely place.



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