Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: Three-part series: What does it mean to be an American? What are the narratives about American identity?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
We will meet in the lower level in the community room next to the Market Office. Take the double doors to the left of the Hennepin County Service Center that have the Market Office sign above them. Go down a long orange and green hallway, through another set of doors, jog a bit to the left, continue straight and see a sign for the community room to the left.

In the last few discussions, we have talked about the narratives that support whiteness and the language and concepts we might use to support social change. We discussed what being "white" and "whiteness" mean to us, and the cultural narratives of cultural superiority, meritocracy and the savior, and each of their counter-narratives. This led us to consider: What are the narratives about being an American and how do they influence our understanding of difference and our own identity?

In the first session, we explored the roots of the American values of individualism and freedom, using some background presented in Habits of the Heart, by R. Bellah et al.

In this second session, we will discuss Dying of Whiteness, by J. Metzl to add to our understanding of the many threads within American identity. We will present some quotes from the book to inform our discussion; you do not have to have read the book to participate.

European American Identity and Culture Workshop

The next workshop will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9am - 4pm. Baha'i Center, 3644 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Register for the June 15 workshop by clicking on "Buy Now."

If you can't make it on this date, we will be scheduling another workshop in the fall.

Cost $50

Scholarships are available

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We ask such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of European American culture?
  • What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
  • How does knowledge of your culture help you to be in healthy relationship to those of other cultures?

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