WAKING UP Study Modules for Fall 2020
AZC invites you to join the launch of our new WAKING UP – Uprooting Racism & White Supremacy group. All are invited to join this continuing group in a peer-led study of the personal & structural racism and bias through the lens of Dharma. This group has grown out of the WAIC Up! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) curriculum that began meeting together this spring. Our intention and hope is to continue this important work and self-study, and to widen the circle to include more of our community who wish to participate. We have found it highly supportive to go through this process with one another, and to cultivate trusting relationships in which to share and explore these critical issues with.
This group will maintain the meditative container and clear guidelines used during our WAIC-UP conversations, but with updated readings and some longer works for us to take a deeper dive together. This new curriculum will be composed of a series of 2-month self-contained study modules focused on particular themes concerning the experience of racism in this country. While long-term commitment to the group is not required, we ask that participants sign up for and commit to each 2-month module that interests you.
The first 2-month curriculum and discussion module will focus on the black experience by studying two seminal essay/memoirs by two well-known black writers:
Fall 2020 Module (Meets on alternate Sundays from 1-3pm: Sept 13, Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 18):
Meetings will follow the WAIC-UP! format of following a script of mindful discussion in breakout groups of 3-5 people. In order to participate in the discussion, attendees will complete the reading assignment prior to each meeting. The reading assignment for the first meeting (Sept 13) is the first chapter of Between the World and Me.
Here is a Reading Guide put out by the Fetzer Institute.
Register below to receive a Zoom link and additional information about the workshop. All are welcome!
About the formation of AZC’s WAKING UP Group: This group was designed by 10 sangha members who participated together in WAIC-UP! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) – a peer-led study curriculum developed at Spirit Rock. We wish to enlarge our group and to continue the momentum created by our WAIC-UP! experience by investigating a variety of important works. Future modules will delve into works like The New Jim Crow, Radical Dharma, The Way of Tenderness, My Grandmother’s Hands, and Me and White Supremacy. We intend to offer these various study and discussion sessions in 2-month ‘modules’. Each module requires sign-up. We hope you will sign up for the literature that interests you. All are welcome!