A SPIRITUALITY LENS FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION:
Spirituality and Anti-Oppression in Practice: In the context of social justice, Spirituality can be understood as the soul/energy source, emotions, beliefs, mindset, and connection to the infinite that participants are invited to integrate within their social justice activism. Just as physical health can grow stronger or weaker based on the ability/inability to center one’s actions toward care for the body, our approach to spirituality offers that a person’s soul/energy source for practicing equity and inclusion can grow stronger or weaker based on the ability/inability to center one’s actions toward care for one’s inner dimensions.
- Emotional Literacy
Dimensions spirituality workshops facilitate opportunities for participants to deepen emotional literacy and their capacity to connect with others across differences. Workshops provide participants with tools and experiential exercises that re-value the importance of feelings in navigating moments of conflict and in building supportive relationships to expand equity and justice.
- Trauma and Healing:
Dimensions spirituality workshops facilitate opportunities for participants to heal from experiences of individual and collective trauma. We support participants in approaching the work of justice and equity through the ability to authentically access core trauma experiences and their potential to impact connections to personal power, relationships across difference, building community partners, growing allies, and taking action.
- Shared Narratives:
Dimensions spirituality workshops utilize the power of shared narratives to connect participants across multicultural and multi-faith experiences. to deepen community and partnership among participants. Through the tools of spoken word, song, poetry and drumming participants deepen community and partnership by learning to share their own life narratives as art and appreciate other’s lived journeys as a gift. Through writing, reflecting and sharing, participants are taught to utilize shared narratives to deepen ecumenical relationships and expand multi-faith partnerships.
Text study through an Anti-Oppression Lens: This body of resources utilizes multi-faith textual references to address contemporary social justice issues at four levels of impact and behavioral change: Personal, Interpersonal, Systemic/Institutional, and Cultural. In partnered study pairs and in small groups, both the text and the reader become subjects as participants explore the roles of Perpetrator, Target, Bystander, & Ally within religious narratives and faith traditions.
A JEWISH LENS FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION: OUR EXPERIENCE AND CURIOSITY
Members of our team have 5-30 years of experience facilitating collective learning spaces, specifically on issues of racism and anti-Semitism. Having worked within dozens of Jewish and broader community organizations, we bring a strong knowledge of the Jewish community’s strengths and challenges in understanding racism and working for racial justice. We also bring a wealth of Jewish knowledge: textual, ritual, spiritual, and historical. We are individually and collectively passionate about supporting the Jewish community to be ever-stronger in fighting for racial equity and eliminating White supremacy in our country.
DIMENSIONS recognizes that our country is in a rapidly changing political climate and we are committed to exploring the specific needs of Jewish organizations and communities in this moment. As we consider the good work that we have done with JCRC’s, synagogues, federations and philanthropies across the country- we value the opportunities we have had to listen deeply to emerging needs and to allow the experiences we are hearing to inform and inspire our development of the most effective learning tools possible. We recognize that each agency, campus and community may have different entry points to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. We look forward to working with leadership teams to create tiered learning opportunities, within large and small group sessions, that can address the most salient issues and circumstances. We look forward to facilitating partnerships, across common needs and entry points, that allow leaders and organizations to explore new possibilities for growth and learning.