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 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?