As a white, cisgender, straight male I am on a continuing path of self-awareness about my privilege and trying to find ways to work for justice and inclusion. I am not perfect, but I am learning. Those of us who have been socialized into an identity of whiteness need to name the racist history of this nation and the ongoing racism we see in police violence, mass incarceration, and immigration policy. Those of us who are cisgender need to be vocal about transgender rights and alive to the presence of gender non-binary siblings among us. Those of us who are straight need to keep fighting for marriage equality and LGB rights. Those of us who are male need to name patriarchy, misogyny, and sexual harassment in our communities and in our churches.
I have preached several times about racial justice, using the work of Ta Na’Hesi Coates as an inspiration. I have also preached several times about sexual harassment and toxic masculinity vs. healthy masculinity.
During my seminary training I participated in Multi-Racial Congregations as Faith Formations, a week of immersion in Tulsa, Oklahoma focussing on race, racial identity, and racism in Unitarian Universalism and in the city of Tulsa.