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Sitting with the Trouble: Spiritual Tools for Ending the Racial Terror

August 3, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Mondays, August 3-24, 4-5:30pm

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How do we get free from a captivity in which razor-wire tentacles wrap themselves around every facet of our personal and institutional life? White supremacy so permeates our institutions, policies, practices, and ways of knowing that it is nearly impossible to think outside it. The prosaic solutions of governing bodies do virtually nothing--often less than nothing--to mitigate the everyday, ongoing devastation. 

In this four-week offering from the Office of Religious Life, we will take time to sit with the trouble, to risk being cut by the jagged edges, as we grow our spiritual capacities to be present to one another, to hold one another’s suffering, and to conspire toward freedom.

Rev. Lynice Pinkard is a Black writer, teacher, healer, pastor, and public intellectual operating at the intersection of Christianity, economics, and social change. Her current work is dedicated to decolonizing the human spirit and freeing people from what she calls "empire affective disorder." Her commitment is to inspire and nurture a new generation of Spirit-filled servant leaders dedicated to the remediation of day-to-day suffering, the building of collective resilience for transformative change, and the pursuit of structural and systemic justice in the world.

Nichola Torbett is a white spiritual seeker, recovering addict, gospel preacher, racial justice podcaster, nonviolent direct action trainer, and petsitter. She is committed to helping other white people recognize their own trauma and discontent as catalysts for the dismantling of systems of oppression that are killing us all, and killing Black and Brown people first. She is grateful to First Congregational Church of Oakland and Second Acts as her primary communities of accountability.

Lynice and Nichola have been teaching, writing, and fomenting communities of recovery and resistance together for eleven years. Forged by mutual longing, love, and shared risk, their cross-racial friendship forms the basis for the transformative work they do with others.