Resisting White Supremacy – What is in it for White People

Sunday, November 10, 2019
at 9 AM & 11 AM

Ken Wagner, Speaker
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 in a sermon entitled, “Resisting White Supremacy – What is in it for White People.” You may be surprised at the potential for spiritual wholeness and liberation on a very personal level.
Ken Wagner is former president of the Clara Barton District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. 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 just completed a two year term as president of that organization.
Ken frequently speaks at church and community events across the country with a focus on the examination of race and the impact of white supremacy on our lives. Since 2014, he has been facilitating 8-week workshops focused on resistance to white supremacy at more than twenty congregations and community groups across New England.
Ken has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and lives with Laura in Marlborough. They have four children and three grandchildren.