This course faces the challenge of antiracism work in the 21st century by acknowledging it will take more than our minds and sheer will to confront racist oppression. We make the case for nurturing a spiritual foundation in order to build the necessary components of resilience, authenticity, and community. Upon conclusion, students will be able to identify the components of their own antiracist spirituality, articulate an accountability statement, and create a roadmap of their own spiritual practices to nurture resilience for the long haul. Drawing on the common foundations of the world’s spiritual traditions, this course does not advocate a specific religious tradition but does make reference to instructors’ faith background.
Regina Shands Stoltzfus is a professor of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. Her courses include Race, Class and Ethnic Relations, Personal Violence and Healing, Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker, and Transforming Conflict and Violence. She is the author of two other books and a number of articles.
Tobin Miller Shearer is a professor of History and African-American History at the University of Montana, the author of more than one hundred books and articles on racism, religion, and the civil rights movement, and the director of Widerstand Consulting. Regina and Tobin are also the co-founders of the anti-racism collective, Roots of Justice.