📞 Responding to the Call





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C. Wess Daniels
C. Wess Daniels
Hello, Hello!
It has been longer than I expected it to be and seeing how things are going here at home, I think my ability to write is going to continue to be on the back burner. As many of you know, I have been on a hiatus dealing with family matters that have required all of my attention (and much more). I’ve missed all of you and I have missed writing this newsletter, but I am learning that when your family is in crisis everything else gets put on hold. I don’t know how long this will go on or when we will get our legs back under us but for now, I ask that if you continue to hold my family in prayer and the Light. I will update you and get this newsletter rolling again, if and when we are in a better place.
In the meantime, I had a time-sensitive announcement I wanted to share about my friend, Evangeline Weiss’ workshop coming up for faith leaders looking to go deeper in their anti-racism. I participated in this last year and recommend Evangeline and Chris to you if this sounds like something you have time and interest in doing.
Thank you for your understanding and friendship.
Wess Daniels

Invitation to "Responding to the Call"
by Evangeline Weiss
I am not a preacher’s kid and I have no Rabbis or faith leaders in my family or friends circle. So it may seem odd that I am co-facilitating a 4-week course on leading faith and spiritual communities through a racial justice lens. Over my 20 years of helping white people grasp the enormity of our task - to become anti-racist in all our actions and beliefs - I have witnessed the pain and challenge of so many leaders. Across philanthropy, social service and advocacy organizations, schools and universities, as well as spiritual and faith communities - leaders are being called to show up. We are being asked to take responsibility for doing our work through an anti-racist lens. And for me, as well as so many of my colleagues, the very work of anti-racism is spiritual work. From questions of belonging and identity to discernment about moral and ethical action - anti-racism demands and a level of self-reflection that is well known to spiritual leaders. And yet, leading is a lonely business. And yet it doesn’t need to be. White supremacy culture would have us remain in anxious isolation, in our heads, not taking action.
With all this in mind and my experience and network across the LGBTQ movement, I have been in deep dialogue with my co-facilitator, Chris Crass about the way forward for white leaders who want to be more courageous and consistent in their anti-racist leadership. What can we offer to white faith and spiritual leaders to support you in your high visibility, high stakes moments as well as your everyday community building? We believe that across denominations and practices, there is a deeply shared interest among leaders for space to be inspired, supported, and challenged around anti-racism.
Whether your community is exclusively white or multi-racial, white leaders face questions about conflict, courage, analysis, and accountability which are complex. How can we show up in our leadership with clarity and purpose - yet humble and open-minded? What tools will help us align our communities and move forward without harm? What does building a community of resistance looks like? These are the questions that led us to design our 4 part workshop series, Responding to the Call: Anti-Racism: White Anti-Racist Faith/Spiritual Leadership.
Towards Justice,
Evangeline Weiss
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Responding to the Call: White AntiRacist Faith/Spiritual Leadership
Responding to the Call aims to provide a brave space for learning, reflecting, and debriefing our experiences of anti-racism leadership. The 4 part series is facilitated live and will take place over Zoom. All sessions are on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time.
  • Tuesday, October 12th - Creating the Space, Learning From Our Journeys
  • Tuesday, October 26th - Patriarchy, White Supremacy and Impacts on Our Work
  • Tuesday, November 9th - Anti-Racism/Racial Justice in Spiritual/Faith Communities
  • Tuesday, November 16th - Developing Our Leadership, Going Forward
Specifically, the goals of the workshop series are:
  • Support anti-racist leadership and ministry, developing anti-racist resilience and courage;
  • Recognize how internalized white supremacy and patriarchy currently impact our leadership style and evolve an identity grounded in racial justice/feminist understanding and practice;
  • Learn specific practices for centering and remaining present to the chaotic and unfamiliar ways in which white supremacy and patriarchy manifests in ourselves and others; and
  • Re-Commit to specific opportunities for racial justice work inside and outside your faith community.
Join us for 4 powerful sessions to build community with like-minded faith and spiritual leaders. For more information about the course and to register, please click here.
Things to Share
Wess Daniels
Things are really rough at home right now. Child with serious mental health illness is really struggling friends. I welcome and need ongoing prayers.
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Wess Daniels
Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College

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