Share, Listen, Risk

As a not-for-profit organization, we are always working towards our vision. One way we go about and encourage this work is by making, and asking others to make, time and space for conversations that matter.

Conversations that matter. Sounds manageable, maybe even easy to some people. Regardless of how comfortable you may be, engaging in these conversations asks a lot from us.

To be fully present and engaged involves sharing our ideas and emotions and opinions and values. It insists that we listen to others’ ideas and emotions and opinions and values. It requires curiosity over judgment. It takes being open to the experiences of others. It asks us to hear another person’s truth.

Sharing and listening asks us to be vulnerable, and this can feel risky. Being vulnerable can, in fact, be a real-life risk.

Currently our country and communities and many of our colleagues and friends are engaged in conversations around race and privilege. These are not easy conversations.

We hope the links below can provide information, serve as a resource, or get a conversation started.

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
Vernā Myers

The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations

White Folks Talking to Other White Folks About Why #BlackLivesMatter
Showing Up for Racial Justice SURJ Richmond

Have other resources to share? Post them in the comments section.

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