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


  • 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


  • 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.  


  • “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”