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Trinity Youth

Dismantling Racism

A Youth Curriculum

Trinity Youth have committed to showing up for one another and doing the work of antiracism. All Trinity Youth are invited to join us for Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum. Dismantling Racism was developed out of the Diocese of Atlanta in consultation with Dr. Catherine Meeks.

This three-week series will help middle and high schoolers converse about race, become advocates, and build relationships to address systemic racism in our communities. The goal is to help youth connect their faith with the work of racial healing.

Youth are expected to commit to attending each session. For more information, please email the Rev. Matt Welsch.

Curriculum Overview

Session 1

Part 1 — Introduction and Covenant

Creating an agreement on how we will relate to God, each other, and ourselves in discussing this subject, and learning the stories of those who have already started to dismantle the effects of racism in their own lives.

Part 2 — God, The Artist

Witnessing the beautiful diversity of all God’s creation, including all of humanity, and recognizing that every people, race, language, culture, and ethnicity on earth bears God’s image, revealing something wonderful about who God is.

Session 2

Part 3 — History of Racism in America: How We Got Here

Bringing to light the deep roots of systemic racism throughout our country’s history is needed before we can truly understand the pain from racism we are seeing today, and what is needed to dismantle it.

Part 4 — White Privilege

Understanding how racist systems give advantages to certain groups (and disadvantage others), and how to respond when we find ourselves in a place of privilege.

Session 3

Part 5 — Internalized Oppression

Understanding how racism negatively affects disadvantaged groups, particularly their understanding of their own identity, and beginning to choose understanding of what makes people valuable.

Part 6 — Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation

Understanding that even though we didn’t create racism, we have a responsibility to dismantle it, and, learning from the example of the Prophets, we will start to turn toward each other through naming racism in all its forms as sin and resolving to turn away from it (confession and repentance).