The concept of whiteness has been part of the daily life of American society since its beginning. This artificial racial categorization feels “normal,” and is therefore seldom questioned. The Church is not excluded from this ideology, and for that reason, has contributed to division, pain, and trauma. But, how did it begin? What motivated this irreparable separation? Why is it rooted in our DNA?

This asynchronous learning workshop (online, DIY) will help individuals to learn and understand the beginning of the racial division between white and non-white peoples. We will discuss how people of different ethnicities interacted before this division and how the situation changed after a significant turning point.

This course delves into the history of the United States, where you’ll find that the concept of race was intentionally created in order to separate groups of people and exalt one over the others. It is a historical presentation utilizing historical documents and related video.

By the end of the course you will have learned: 

  • What prompted the racial division of white and non-white peoples
  • How the racial division has been reaffirmed and perpetuated until the present day.
  • Why the classification of white people and people of color dehumanizes us all
  • What Scripture has to say about this racial classification

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours

Cost: $35

Course Outline

  1. 1
    • Introduction

    • Welcome to the workshop!

    • Entrance Activity

  2. 2
    • The Lost Colony

  3. 3
    • First Charter 1606 - Jamestown

    • Second Charter 1609 - Laws Divine, Morall and Martiall

    • The Perfect Plan - Pocahontas

    • The Birth of a Myth

    • The Beginning of Indian Policy

    • Let's Review Together!

  4. 4
    • Demythologizing Our Past

    • The Waste of England

    • Indentured Servitude in Virginia

    • Open Secrets

    • Let's Review Together!

  5. 5
    • Discontent in the Colony

    • Bacon's Rebellion 1676

    • Divide and Conquer

    • Let's Review Together

  6. 6
    • The Irish Experience, what can we learn?

    • Or By Faith, or By War

    • Christianity, a white privilege

    • Christian Reformed Church

    • Let's Review Together!

    • Your feedback is valuable!