In the Larger Community: Online Anti-Racism Learning Circles

"Antiracism Learning Circles" and a stack of books

Beginning the second week of February, via Zoom

Organized by the First Unitarian Church of Portland’s Racial Justice Action Group

You are invited to join Anti-Racism Learning Circles starting in February. Since it’s on Zoom, you can join from anywhere!

LEARNING CIRCLES are small discussion cohorts based on a book or podcast that provide:

  • Important learning about white supremacy, racism, and our national history
  • The opportunity to build trust and go deep in small group discussions over time
  • A safe place to have difficult discussions and deal wih discomfort
  • Creating and strengthening relationships with other UUs
  • Connection, focus and purpose in a virtual setting

How Do LEARNING CIRCLES Work?

  • Each cohort (typically 4–12) gathers for a series (from 4–10 sessions) of facilitated Zoom discussions.
  • Register to for a particular Learning Circle HERE.  Meeting dates & times vary.
  • Each individual is given the opportunity to share reactions, then discuss as a group.
  • We ask that you plan to attend all sessions so we can build bonds of trust and insight.

For full descriptions, schedules and to register go to:  LEARNING CIRCLE REGISTRATION

  • Seeing White: Season 2 of Scene on Radio—Podcast plus supplementary videos and articles
    • What is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics.
  • Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens
    • Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, Radical Dharma is an urgent call to action outlining a new dharma that considers the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. 
  • The Path to a Livable Future: A New Politics to Fight Climate Change, Racism and the Next Pandemic by Stan Cox
    • Accelerating climate change, an ever-mutating virus, pervasive racism and inequity: tackling each of these deadly crises as a stand-alone issue will never get us where we need to be. Connected at the roots, they must be confronted as one, and we must take urgent action now. Time is running out.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • A letter to the author’s 15-year-old son about the lives of Black men based on his own lived experience, providing a window on the dreams and burdens of this leading commentator as he explores the current challenges our country poses for Black men in America.
  • Jonny Appleseed, a novel by Joshua Whitehead; and Missing & Murdered, a podcast from CBC Media
    • The novel is a humorous, touching, and chaotic, story of a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer. The podcast investigates the lives and deaths of two First Nations women, Alberta Williams and Cleo Nicotine Semaganis. It details how government policies regarding the indigenous children wreaked havoc on their lives and communities across generations.
  • Looking Ahead – starting in April
    • The Land That Has Never Been Yet:  Season 4 of Scene on Radio, on the theme of Democracy
    • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Contacts: Jody Feldman & Ethel Gullette, First Unitarian Church of Portland Racial Justice Action Group