Heal Our Culture - Be a Culture Healer, not a Culture Warrior

About

"Heal Our Culture" as an inquiry project by Wes and Shelly Fryer of Matthews, North Carolina. In multiple ways, we need to work together to heal our culture from the wounds and scars of the past, which include systemic racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, religious bigotry, and a variety of other discriminatory policies, attitudes and behaviors. In addition, we need campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform, and health care reform. We need to end the widespread, toxic worship of tactical firearms. We need to respect and celebrate diversity in all its forms as well as cultivate resilient skills and dispositions as informed, saavy citizens of our communities, states, nations and world. Overall (especially in the United States) we need to CARE FOR EACH OTHER more, and elevate the cultural values of love, kindness, respect, patience, gentleness, and listening.

This website includes resources relating to this inquiry (and potentially book) project. I (Wes Fryer) am also sharing links and resources on social media with the hashtag #HealOurCulture and periodically collecting / sharing some of those resources here. ( Mastodon)

You may also be interested in these other related projects and websites I maintain:

More links to connect and learn with me on social media are available, as well as my bio and contact information.

Learn more about Wes, including background about his theology.

"Human rights are not states rights"

The essence of human rights lies in their universality – they are inherent entitlements belonging to every individual, not privileges granted by state authorities subject to alteration by local governments or popular opinion. These rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet there persists a global debate over the extent of one's humanity and the full spectrum of rights that should be universally guaranteed. These rights surpass even those outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, encompassing the liberties of marriage to a partner of one’s choosing, the recognition of one's self-identified gender identity, and the right of women to have sovereignty over their reproductive decisions without government interference. Additionally, human rights provide protections against torture and enslavement, even in situations of incarceration. At their core, these rights include the fundamental right to life, safeguarding individuals from state-sanctioned execution and from inhumane conditions such as prolonged solitary confinement. Human rights are inalienable and non-negotiable. *

* Written with help from ChatGPT4. Full documentation available.

Organizations

Mission: "Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery."

Mission: "To create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them."

"Levine Museum builds a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration. Our exhibitions and programs foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action."

"We seek to build a diverse, intentional, affirming community animated by joyful worship and called forth into social action for service to the greater good."

Facing History & Ourselves

"Facing History & Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate."

My Videos

Black History

On Malcom X

Other Videos

Other Documentaries on Black History and African American Cultural Contributions

Decendant - 2022 Documentary

Recommended Books

Race - Whiteness - White Supremacy

Gender Equality

Faith - Christianity

2nd Amendment - Gun Culture

Other Resources

Fryer, Wesley. Heal Our Culture (AI Visualization 2). photo, 9 Nov. 2023. Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/53321578035/.