Tending Our Fear, Building Our Resilience: White People for Collective Liberation

Tending Our Fear, Building Our Resilience: White People for Collective Liberation

Lucy Waechter Webb

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Program information

Cost: Sliding Scale $500, $375, $250

The cost includes the programming, overnight accommodations, and meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. 

Fear keeps us white people from accessing so much of our power. We fear “doing it wrong” or not doing enough. We fear losing relationships because of our commitment to racial justice, which is a fear related to our belonging. We fear violence and the repercussions of taking bold action in the context of empire governed by racial capitalism. 

These fears are legitimate and are taking care of our basic human needs. And, when we don’t tend our fear well, they get in the way of bringing ourselves into alignment with our values. Like: moving powerfully toward collective liberation. Like: leveraging our power as a white-identified person for the sake of protecting Black and Indigenous life. 

In order to work with our fear we need to ensure we are well resourced and supported. Whiteness leaves us with an emptiness and a lack of cultural practices and containers to be with and process our fear.

Through group dialogue, self-reflection, story-telling, resiliency practice, somatic practice, and ritual, we will access and build  up our resiliency practices so that we can feel more prepared to take bigger risks; enter the tender work of naming and facing our fears; and refuse to let those fears govern our actions. 

Rev. Lucy A. Waechter Webb (she/her) is a politicized faith leader & organizer, somatic coach, writer and ritualist working at the intersections of spirit, body and anti-oppression to support the emergence of our collective liberation. She believes the work of engaging our spiritual life is not so very different from engaging in our shared public (political) life. After ten years as a pastor, she is now focused on engaging other racialized-white people in anti-racism practice, as she is always deepening her own. 
She is a part of rural community on Anishinaabek land (otherwise known as Northern Michigan). She considers the trees, her children and the practice of tending the land to be some of her best teachers. You can connect with Lucy at: www.lucyappel.com or @lucyappel on IG and Facebook.