The Undoing Racism Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair (UUCM), along with Out Front, UUCM’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance, will present Dr. Traci C. West, activist scholar, in Montclair on Wednesday evening, November 13, from 8-9:30 p.m. The event will be held at UUCM’s Peierls Room, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ.
Can we find solidarity in an anti-racist approach to ending gender violence, especially the targeting of black lesbians? Traci West will focus on her book, Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality and its examples of the role of spirituality, religion, and race in anti-violence strategies. The book includes interviews with activist-leaders who address gender-based violence in Ghana, Brazil, and South Africa and analysis of how we, in the U.S., might learn from them and form solidarity. She will lead us in discussing both the challenges and helpful resources we can find in a vision of gender justice that intentionally confronts prejudices based on race, sexuality, and nation.
Rev. Dr. Traci C. West is an activist scholar who serves as Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School. She is ordained in the United Methodist Church and the author of Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence (2019); Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter (2006); Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women Violence, and Resistance Ethics (1999); and editor of Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion (2006). She has also published many articles and book chapters on sexual, gender, and racial justice, gender-based intimate violence, and clergy ethics. She has been involved in supporting the full equality of LGBTQ persons in church and society and teaching in NJ state prisons. She will lead us in discussing both the challenges and helpful resources we can find in a vision of gender justice that intentionally confronts prejudices based on race, sexuality, and nation.
Watchung Booksellers is a cosponsor and will have paperback copies of Dr. West’s book available.