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Planning for Grace

Last night I arrived very late for a GRACE planning team meeting. GRACE's mission advocates against all things racist, whether systemic or the normal chaos of antipathy and sin against everyday non-violent win-win choices policies procedures positions platforms political and economic sacred and secular sociological and neurological. I stepped into discussion of a thesis that all policies are either racist or anti-racist. We were trying out various policies to see if we could discover which they were. This reminds me of a popular radio show outing "HIDDEN RACISM!" This discernment process also reminds me of a hiring incident in our Southern Region In which a job description with preference for academic credentials over indigenous democratic leadership experience led to hurt feelings of being disrespected and concerns about systemic white male privilege within our Unitarian Universalist Association for egalitarian and interdependent compassion. Are budgeting procedures that begin with authority of last year's status quo and are then incrementally nuanced through recommendations of currently empowered authority figures, like Treasurers and CFOs and Board of Invested, often age Infested, Directors, racist or anti-racist? Is prejudice just about policies that must be bilaterally explicated as healthy or unhealthy for inclusive empowerment, or is white male privilege also hidden in our procedures, our therapeutic proposals, our strategic plans to do more of the ZeroSum same, whatever that may competitively be? What about all our communications, verbal and non-verbal, personal and public? What about all our investments of time and money and positive or negative or ambivalently uncommitted attitude? And are all these things just racist or anti-racist? Or might they also be egopatriarchal or ecofeminist, ageist or multigenerationally inclusive, nonbinary-phobic or pansexual, aristocratic or democratic, communal or capitalistic, cooperative or competitive, polycultural or monocultural, WinWin or LoseLose, regenerative or degenerative, empowering or disempowering, NonZeroSum or ZeroSum, RightBrain prominent or LeftBrain dominant, non-violent or violent? I can hardly wait to read more about this thesis or antithesis to find out what I may have missed and not missed all my racist or anti-racist years.

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