This is one of the most challenging, inviting, stimulating, supportive groups I’ve ever been part of.
I believe deeply in the Mission and the Goal, and will do my part – as a white, European male – to uncover my responsibility towards understanding my role as a human being, with no one over or under me, and not allowing anyone to be over or under me. I will work to do my part to dismantle structures that support racism, sexism, ageism, and all the other -isms that are wrapped up in our “social dna” and heretofore enabling some people to be treated as “Others” or “Less Than.”
There is no greater good than to uncover the unconscious predicates driving our actions in ways that hurt others. My role is to support all BIPOC individuals and groups with sincerity, compassion, understanding, honesty, equality and humanity. There is nothing less that I can do for my fellow people.
The Teachers and Guides, Kris Watson and Clare Twomey are outstanding. They understand the Path and challenge, and support all travelers to make this conscious journey towards spiritual, personal and social wholeness through dismantling racism and embracing humanity.
Spending time with others under the guidance and wisdom of Rev Kris and Clare in a multi-month deep-dive felt like a cosmic experience. More than once, it seemed that the feeling in the group (over Zoom) was that the veil had been pulled back and the insidious, horrifying face of white supremacy– which underlies and saturates every inch of our globe’s institutions– was revealed. Often, I would leave sessions with a new perspective on the way this word works and wondering how exactly I fit in it. More importantly, my own ethnic identity was being deconstructed and reconstructed– and the process continues. Being involved as a student with Nurturing Justice has compelled me to venture out and into my own ethnic self-understanding as a Venezuelan-born immigrant who came to the U.S. at the age four, the son of a Catholic, Venezuelan man and a Jewish, Curaçaon woman. I’ve been learning and re-learning how to see my own positionality in this vast, beautiful, terrible world– one in which so much damage and dehumanization has taken place to so many on account of their skin color– yet one in which we are each made in the image of God, a truth which has terribly beautiful implications for my generation and those to follow to undo this mess and build a better, more equitable world and society that truly understands what it means to celebrate the rich diversity of God’s humanity.