“Before connecting with URJ I felt like it would be really hard to connect with other people in Northern Michigan who were interested in doing deep work required to untangle ourselves from white supremacy. After connecting with several cohorts of URJ participants, I found there are so many who are eager and wise and courageously diving into this work. I now feel so much less alone and so invigorated to be connecting with this community as I return home to Michigan.

It feels so important to me that spiritual communities hold and uplift this work together as well – dismantling these systems of oppression is spiritual work as much as it is policy work. We need our spiritual leaders and teachers and community members to be in this with us. I believe if they are – we can really begin to change the cultures that uphold oppression.” -Rev. Lucy A. Waechter Webb, Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of our Understanding Racial Justice team

Registration is open through October 9 for the upcoming cohort for spiritual leaders (clergy, elders, deacons, teachers, and lay leaders) in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula. This cohort will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm via zoom from October 13-November 10.