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Widening the Circle in North Texas:
The Roots of White Supremacy

Here is the recording of the event:


NTUUC Webinar
Thursday, September 23, 7:00 PM, CDT

The discussion is continuing on February 24th with Bob Ray Sanders & Ed Gray adding their perspectives and answering your questions.

You can watch a video of the second webinar here.



Dr. Elizabeth GabhartDr. Elizabeth Gabhart
Dr. Elizabeth Gabhart is a Sociology professor at Tarrant County College. Her research explores spirituality, religiousness, and how these affect moral orientations. She teaches classes on gender, sexuality, religion, race, environment, social problems, and research methods (quantitative and qualitative). Her professional service centers on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).

Dr. Gabhart is a member of Pathways UU Church in Hurst, and lives in Keller, with her husband, kids, and a spoiled cat.
Dr. Michael Phillips
Dr. Michael Phillips, Historian, Author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001.  Michael Phillips is a scholar of American race relations, Texas history, right-wing politics, and apocalyptic religions.

Phillips grew up in Garland, Texas, just north of Dallas. He received a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983 and covered a variety of beats for newspapers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

After earning his master’s degree in history from the University of California at Riverside in 1994, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His dissertation, won the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Dissertation Award and was published as White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, That book won the 2007 Texas Historical Commission’s prize for best book on Texas history.

He has contributed chapters for a number of other books on topics ranging from Black art in North Texas during the 1920s and 1930s to how racism and immigration shaped Texas’s political culture from the 1880s to the World War I era.

Phillips received the Baylor University Charlton Oral History Research Grant in 2013 and interviewed former faculty and alumni from Texas’ Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The recorded conversations, that cover the history of black higher education from the 1940s to the early 2000s, are archived at Baylor University.

In 2019 he was named one of the first group of community college professors to receive a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Community College research fellowship for his project on the history of eugenics in the state of Texas. Phillips, and his wife and research partner Betsy Friauf, are under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press to write an upcoming book, The Strange Career of Eugenics in Texas, 1854-1940.

Phillips has taught American history at Collin College in Plano, Texas since 2007.

Carrie StewartCarrie Stewart
Carrie Stewart, Moderator
As the Owner and Principal of One World Consulting, Carrie Stewart has served various communities an organizations in their quest for greater understanding, inclusion and appreciation of diverse individuals and groups. She brings nearly three decades of experience in equity, inclusion and diversity through training, facilitation, coaching, dialogue convening and leadership development. Additionally, Carrie is an advanced trained Mediator, and works in conflict transformation, and community and family engagement to find common ground.

As an Intercultural Communication Consultant, she is a knowledge expert on navigating through cultures and for the last five years has applied this to the Global Mobility Industry supporting relocating employees. A lifelong UU, Carrie has been a child, youth, member, and friend of 13 congregations in 6 districts.  She served as a SWUUC and Southern Region Consultant specializing in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism, conflict transformation, leadership, Compassionate Communication and Healthy Congregations, and was awarded the James T. Brown Antiracism Award.  Additionally, she served on the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee of the UUA (garnered the President’s Award for Volunteer Service 2021), UU Allies for Racial Equality Steering Committee, SWUUC Board, and was a DBLE Staff member for several years.

Carrie Stewart currently serves on the UUA Nominating Committee, the Racial Equity Task Force and Adult Ministries Council of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Smith College, and a master’s in Communication from Rutgers University.

Carrie and her spouse, Fred Ditmars are empty nesters, having raised two, third generation UUs, now an artist and medical school student, in Colleyville, TX where they enjoy movies, theater, music, travel, when they can as empty-nesters.