A Lenten Journey Towards Liberation Ash Wednesday Service & Weekly Learnings Lenten Season 2024 DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
Ash Wednesday Service Beginning Our Journey Towards Liberation Wednesday, February 14, 2024 6:30 pm rev. mandi huizenga DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church

Our Lenten series of Journeying Towards Liberation is a journey of introspection and learning. It is an opportunity to learn more about privilege and racism, as well as the many ways that racism intersects with other forms of oppression. We begin our exploration on Ash Wednesday with a service of acknowledgement and repentance. We will continue to journey each week, here on our website, with options for learning and reflection.

Reach out to rev. mandi, revmandi@dupageuuchurch.org

Lenten Practices Week 7

Book: Feminism is for Everyone by bell hooks

Speech/Essay:  Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Juncture by Jafari Allen

Movie: Moonlight   Available on Max, HULU, YouTube or Amazon Prime

Podcast: Strange Fruit by NPR

Family Book: Anti-Racist Art Activities for Kids: 30+ Creative Projects that Celebrate Diversity and Inspire Change by Anti-Racist Art Teachers

Exercise: Commit to becoming an anti-racist/anti-oppression person! Consider enrolling in Meadville Lombard’s Beloved Conversations.

Lenten Practices Week 6

Book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Speech/Essay:  “The Urgency of Intersectionality” TedTalk by Kimberle Crenshaw

Movie: Dear White People   Available on Netflix or for rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube, or GooglePlay

Podcast: NATAL on Spotify or ApplePodcasts

Children’s Book: Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford

Exercise: Ideally, with a group of friends or family, do the Privilege Exercise Walk. What did you learn? What did you feel? Imagine what this exercise looks like with people of different privileges.

Lenten Practices Week 5

Book: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum

Speech/Essay:  “Racial Microaggressions: The Narratives of African American Faculty at a Predominantly White University” by Chavella T. Pittman

Movie: The Hate U Give   Available on HULU or rent from YouTube, Amazon Prime, or Google Play

Podcast: Code Switch on NPR

Children’s Book: The Real History of Juneteenth by Elliott Smith

Exercise: Research Microaggressions. (Resource from Harvard Business Review.) Think about the ways that you may have perpetuated microaggressions on others. What might you have said or done instead?

Lenten Practices Week 4

Book: Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

Speech/Essay:  “The Uses of Anger” by Audre Lorde

Movie: Get Out by director Jordan Peele, available on Amazon Prime subscription and HULU, rent from YouTube or Google Play

Podcast: There Goes the Neighborhood on WNYC

Youth Book (ages 11+): This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell

Exercise: Do some research into the mentality of “White Savior”. What does it mean? How does it show up? Examples: The Blind Side or The Help (movies) Reflect on the ways you may have done this racially or in other ways (as an able-bodied person or someone with economic privilege.)

Lenten Practices Week 3

Book: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Speech/Essay:  “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” by MLK Jr.

Movie: When They See Us on Netflix

Podcast: Come Through with Rebecca Carroll from WNYC Studios

Children’s Book: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Exercise: Investigate the brands you use and their ties to prison labor. Consider alternatives that might break the cycle of abusive labor practices.

Lenten Practices Week 2

Book: I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin

Speech/Essay: The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X

Movie: Just Mercy available on Peacock, HBO Max, or Rent from Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Google Play

Podcast: Jemele Hill is Unbothered on Spotify

Children’s Book: Black Is Brown Is Tan by Arnold Adoff

Exercise: Talk with your family or friends about race. How do you racially identify? What does it mean to be culturally “white” or BIPOC? What ways do you have privilege?

Lenten Practices Week 1

Book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Speech/Essay: “The Gates to Freedom” by Angela Davis

Movie: 13th directed by Ava DuVernay

Podcast: 1619 from the New York Times

Children’s book: Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano PhD

Exercise: Take the implicit bias test from Harvard University. Discuss with your family or a friend the results and your learnings. What did you learn? Was it a surprise? What might be some next steps to take?