Spring Racial Justice Events from First Parish Brewster

February through May
First Parish Brewster (Church Facebook photo)

From First Parish Brewster:

Racial Justice events for Spring 2018.

All are sponsored by the Racial Justice Committee of First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 1969 Main St. (Rte. 6A), Brewster


You must register beforehand to participate in any/all of the events.  If you have questions or want to sign up, contact Tia Cross at [email protected] or at 508-385-3114 (please be sure to leave your phone # and email)



1.   "On Being White in a Multiracial World"


             Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in the Parish Hall 

       & Saturday, March 31, 2018 in the Parish Hall 

         9am - 12:30pm


          Facilitated by Tia Cross


   Each one of these workshops is different from the others, even though the description is the same.


What has your experience of life been as a white person?  How do you deal with current events, such as white supremacists, free speech, the police shootings of black people?   Do you feel guilty, afraid, angry or numb?  Do you wish that you had friends of color to talk with about these things, but you're not sure how to develop those friendships?  Do you feel a need to explore what white privilege really is?  Do you want to meet other people concerned about these issues?


These are some of the topics we can discuss together.  We will start and end on time, so please arrive early.  Feel free to bring munchies and a beverage.  Please bring your journal or writing materials with you.


Please call or email Tia by Feb. 1, 2018 to sign up for the Feb workshop, 

and/or by March 28, 2018, for the March workshop.   

508-385-3114 or [email protected] gmail.com



2.  Racial Justice Classes


Feb. 20 - March 27, 2018

Tuesdays 6 - 8:30pm

Winslow House 

1 Harwich Rd. (Rte. 124), Brewster


Tia Cross has been teaching about dealing with racism and white privilege since the 1970's.  She has taught at a number of colleges, does trainings for teachers, businesses and police, and works with many nonprofits, community, and religious groups.  Tia teaches about the importance of honesty and integrity, compassion and kindness when dealing with tough situations.  You will be asked to place your inner critical Judge on the windowsill for the duration of each class - to be picked up on the way out!

Integral to each class is exploration of your own life experience of these issues. We will meet in pairs or trios so you have more time to talk/listen; share insights and questions with the whole group and watch a short film or two. 


There will be some readings and you will want to keep a journal (for yourself, no one else).  Feel free to bring food to eat and a beverage.  Since we will start and end on time, please arrive a bit early so that we can begin right at 6pm. 


Spring Class:  This 6 week class is for everyone wanting to learn about racism and white privilege, and discussing current events in relation to these issues.  If the group is interested, we may create some role plays about intervening when something racist happens.  Each role player will have the help and support of the whole group as they experiment with doing one thing or another to see what might work best.  (No one, white or of color, knows how best to stop racism in its tracks in all the myriad ways it manifests.)  So we keep working at it!


Again, please arrive early as we start at 6pm


Please call or email Tia by Feb.15 2018 to sign up for these classes. 

508-385-3114 or [email protected] gmail.com



3.  Spring Racial Justice Book Group


Tuesdays April 10 - May 15, 2018  6pm-7:30pm 

   We will meet in the Winslow House living room.


Book:  White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

"White Rage is a harrowing account of our national history during the century and a half since the Civil War - even more troubling for what it exposes about our present, our deep and abiding racial divide. This is necessary reading for anyone interested in understanding - and perfecting - our union." Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner for Native Guard and two-term poet laureate of the U.S.

"Few historians write with the grace, clarity, and intellectual verve Carol Anderson Summons in this book.  We are tethered to history, and with White RageAnderson adeptly highlights both that past and the tenacious grip race holds on the present. There are a handful of writers whose work I consider indispensable. Professor Anderson is high up on that list." Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope.



4.  "First Thursday Films" 


The Racial Justice and the One Earth, One People Committees invite you all to join us monthly on the first Thursday of each month through May 3, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall.

We will provide popcorn, cider and an excellent film for you to enjoy.  The films start promptly at 7pm.  We will talk about the film afterwards, and end at 8:30pm.


Check the First Parish Brewster Website to see which film is coming up!!

For more info, email or call Sue Trask 508-241-2646 or [email protected] 

or Tia Cross at [email protected] or 508-385- 3114

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