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Theme: Courageous Curiosity: Cultivating an Antiracist Spirituality

Faculty: Lucretia Berry and Ben Boswell

Registrar:  Donna Bryant at [email protected] or 615-340-7233

Sponsors: The Upper Room

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

– James Baldwin

In his book, Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman asks, “Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically – and therefore effectively– with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin?” Indeed, colonialism and white supremacy are threaded through the history and fabric of American society and its institutions, including the Christian church. It is far past time for people of faith, especially white Christians, to face this reality. As stated on this web page, The Upper Room is committed to a ministry that is increasingly global, antiracist, and ecumenical. In these days we are called to give special and focused attention to being antiracist. This is the work of discipleship and spiritual formation.

Join us for this online Academy Day Apart retreat with Lucretia Berry, author, speaker and founder of Brownicity – Many Hues, One Humanity (brownicity.com) and Ben Boswell, Academy alum, pastor, and creator of a nine-week spiritual formation curriculum with the working title What Does it Mean to Be White? (slated for publication by Upper Room Books in July 2022). We will engage the deep soul work of antiracism supported by the resources of community, silence, worship, and embodied spiritual practice.

Participants will also be provided with pre-retreat content and prompts for reflection along with suggestions for going deeper after the retreat.

Space is limited. The registration deadline is August 15, 2021.


  • $75 full registration rate
  • $125 full rate + sponsor another participant
  • $40 student rate

Contact [email protected] BEFORE registering if in need of scholarship assistance.

*The online Academy Day Apart is valued at $125; however, we’re offering the course at a 40% discount – $75/participant. 

Email [email protected] with questions or for more information.

This retreat is eligible for a .5 CEU at a cost of $2.50.

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