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The History & Modern Definitions of Woke and Implications for Spiritual Life

February 11 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am EST

In recent years, the term woke has become increasingly prominent in social justice and activism discussions. Understanding the history and modern definition of woke is essential for those seeking to engage in social justice conversations, including its implications for spiritual life.

Originally coined in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) to describe being aware of systemic racism and oppression, the term has evolved to encompass a broader range of social issues and identities.  At its core, being woke involves acknowledging and actively working to dismantle systems of oppression, particularly those based on race, gender, sexuality, and class. This includes recognizing and challenging one’s own privilege and biases, as well as advocating for marginalized communities.  From a spiritual perspective, being woke can intersect with various belief systems and practices. For some, it may involve recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and working towards a more just and equitable world as a form of sacred activism. For others, it may involve examining and challenging how their own spiritual communities have perpetuated systemic oppression.

Join us for this discussion facilitated by Marjorie Jean-Paul.  Marjorie has over 25 years of experience working in mission-driven organizations and is the Chief Advancement Officer at Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

Contact Director of Education, Dr. Chris Rogutsky, with any questions. This is part of our Adult Education program – click here to see our full list of Adult Education offerings.



February 11
5:00 am - 6:00 am EST
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Chris Rogutsky
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