Reckoning with Racism Ongoing (2021-2022 Cohort)

Last year’s Reckoning with Racism (RwR) Cohort accompanied faith communities as they grappled with Oregon’s legacy of racism in a process of learning, listening and engaging.  This coming year that work continues, both for faith communities that started the RwR journey last year but want to continue, and for faith communities approaching this work for the very first time. In addition to learning from a broader range of community partners about their unique experience of life here in Oregon, we will deepen our understanding of the complex and intersectional truths they unveil, and accompany faith communities as they discern what repair and reconciliation looks like in their local context.

The Reckoning with Racism Cohort is open to all faith communities, organizations and seminaries - whether or not they participated in the original RwR Cohort. More details are listed below. To ask more questions about participating, contact the RwR Design Team by emailing

This nine-month journey will include: 

    • Three trimesters from October 2021 to June 2022.
    • Two gatherings a month - one with the whole cohort and one with your team (1.5 to 2 hours each).
    • Meetings that take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (for the first trimester that means: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, & 12/7).
    • Participating as a team of four or more people from your faith community, faith-based organization or denomination.
    • Having each person on your team fill out this form to register.
    • A suggested donation of $100 per person. Funds will be used to pay for honorariums for our guest speakers and to reimburse various facilitation costs.

Throughout this journey, you can expect:

    • LEARNING: We will learn more about Oregon’s legacy of Christian nationalism, and how this history continues as a tradition of systemic silencing and violence toward people of color.
    • LISTENING: We will center the voices and stories of Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and other communities of color as we build bridges of reciprocity, dismantling those patterns within our institutions that keep us asleep, silent and perpetuating subtle and blatant forms of racism.
    • ENGAGING: We will work alongside other faith communities and leaders, creating cohort “containers” for mutual accountability and action as we discern what it means to dismantle racism in our local context.

What to do to prepare:

    1. REGISTER: Fill out this form. Along with simple information questions, there are four questions that require a short response (you might plan 15-20 minutes to fill this out). We know that many of you are still in the process of building your team. As you confirm participants, please forward this link and have each person fill out the registration form. This will help us streamline communications and plan.
    2. FORM YOUR TEAM: As you pull together your faith community team to engage in this work (at least four people from each community) consider who could serve as host or co-host. This point person (or people) will take responsibility to convene your team as needed, follow up on (or delegate) key logistics, and coordinate with the RwR design team.
    3. READ FOR SESSION 1: If you haven’t read it already, take some time to read the article "How Oregon's Racist History Can Sharpen Our Sense of Justice Now" by Walidah Imarisha.

We will send a Zoom link to all participants one week in advance of our first gathering on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

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location 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239
phone (503) 221-1054
fax (503) 223-7007
The Rev. Michael Ellick, Director of Public Engagement