Confronting Whiteness: A Spiritual Journey of Reflection, Conversation, and Transformation
By: W. Benjamin Boswell
“The work of spiritual formation is connected to the work of justice. Justice means not being afraid to confront the ways that White Christianity has been inherently unjust towards our Black and brown neighbors. . . . Boswell provides hope that we can band together on the Way of Jesus so that we all ‘make it home’ while doing the anti-racist work that should be inherent in our spiritual formation.”--Angela N. Parker, assistant professor, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
Conceived and designed for use at the congregational level, Confronting Whiteness presents a new posture for people of faith and the church in understanding and confronting the realities of racism today. Each chapter encourages and deepens spiritual formation for anti-racism and anti-racist work. Readers will encounter personal postures and gestures, such as the practices of contemplation and confession, and how these can be re-formed to address and eradicate racist tropes and habits, to expose and undermine the power of Whiteness. Confronting Whiteness is a meaningful resource for White-dominant churches, schools, and organizations to learn, practice, and grow in the Way of Jesus.
Benjamin Boswell is the creator and founder of Confronting Whiteness, an organization committed to transforming people racialized as white into anti-racist practitioners in their spheres of power and influence. He has served progressive Baptist congregations in the Southern United States for twenty years and as the Senior Minister of Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, since 2016. He is known as a preacher, pastor, author, and public speaker who facilitates anti-racist education for people racialized as white and for white-dominant organizations.
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