Power and privilege are often associated with their abuses and abusers. However, like any tool, power and privilege can be used for good or evil, to oppress or liberate, harm or heal, destroy or create. Rather than demonizing power itself or drowning in guilt over our privilege, can we learn to use our power and privilege to expand freedom, mutually empower, and collectively liberate? Spoiler alert! There are no simple answers.
Eileen Wiviott has served the Unitarian Church of Evanston as the Membership Director since 2008 and is a seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School earning her Masters in Divinity. Prior to discovering Unitarian Universalism and her call to ministry, she has been an educator, an administrative assistant, an in-home child-care provider and mother. She lives with her husband of 18 years and their two children in Skokie, IL. She expects to graduate in May of 2017.