Cracking open White identity towards transformation

Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network Examines White Identity, Power and Privilege

The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network has taken up the challenge of resourcing and accompanying communities of faith in their journey toward truth and reconciliation. This resource zeros in on White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work. Racism is one expression of the White privilege and supremacy that is present in day-to-day interactions and built into systems and church structures. It is impossible to do anti-racism work without examining White identity and the unearned power and privilege that flows from that identity.

This resource includes stories, biblical reflections, and workshops. Contributors include the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, Rev. Michael Blair, and Rev. Maylanne Maybee. Cost: $20 plus shipping

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Excerpts from the resource:

Foreward: What’s at stake theologically? – by Rev. Dr. J. Dorcas Gordon
An introduction to privilege – by Hardy Groening
Witness to Transformation: Is this really necessary? – by Rev. Paul Gehrs
One person’s experience of White privilege – by Rev. Maylanne Maybee
Hanging Up on White Privilege – by Rev. Steve Willey


Mamoh Be-Mo-Tay-Tah – Let us Walk Together (2009)

This resource is designed to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal peoples live with today.

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Resources for March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (2008)

We invite Canadian churches everywhere to mark March 21 by making use of (a) the following prayer and hymn on one of the Sundays close to March 21, this year, and (b) the theological principles for engaging in anti-racism work in your own community and ministry context.

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From Chains to Freedom: Journeying Towards Reconciliation (2007)

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British, this is a packet of materials on the slave trade and the practice of slavery in Canada for parishes, congregations and study groups including worship materials, biblical reflection, educational materials, children’s resources and much more.

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From Chains to Freedom 2007 Racial Justice Resource PDF version (in sections)


For God So Loved the People of the World (2006)

This kit is the fruit of five years of learning, reflecting and acting together in the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, representing our first attempt to jointly lift up the importance of anti-racism ministry in the member churches of The Canadian Council of Churches. The contributors to this resource kit come from a variety of traditions; each of them has worked from the heart, offering the best of what they know now of the topic at hand.

The title of this resource, For God so loved the people of the world, comes from one of the lectionary texts, John 3:16. As we compared versions and translations of the text, we settled on this phrase from the Chinese Kuo-yu Bible, an ecumenical translation done in the 1930s and still in use in most Chinese congregations.

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