In the Larger Community: Online Antiracism Learning Circles

"Antiracism Learning Circles" and a stack of books

Starting in October, hosted by First Unitarian Church of Portland

You are invited to join us for Antiracism Learning Circles, which begin in early- to mid-October. 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 people) 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 attend all sessions so we can build bonds of trust and insight

For descriptions, schedules & to register go to: LEARNING CIRCLE REGISTRATION

  • Podcasts:
    • Seeing White: Season 2 of Scene on Radio
    • The Land That Has Never Been Yet: Season 4 of Scene on Radio
  • Books:
    • Caste: The Origin of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
    • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How we Can Propser Together by Heather McGhee
    • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
    • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
    • See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valerie Kaur
    • We Do This ’Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS FALL

  • A special cohort of “Seeing White” for and by men.  It is a chance for white men in particular to share with each other the challenges of holding this identity in our society.
  • “The 1619 Project” will run for 18 weeks, covering one chapter per week.  It is open for participants to attend as many (or as few) sessions as they are able.  

IN ADDITION TO

  • “Seeing White” –  either afternoons or evenings
  • “The Land That Has Never Been Yet” – either afternoons or evenings
  • “The Color of Law”
  • “The Sum of Us”
  • “The Vanishing Half”