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Self-Study: Changing Systems, Change Ourselves e-course

“Without community, there is no liberation.” —Audre Lorde, poet 

Do you want to join a community of people of faith and conscience committed to taking action as well as practicing reflection? Are you seeking ways to offer grounded solidarity that don't reproduce oppressive practices? 

Join our self-study e-course, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance.

This is a four-session e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change. 

The e-course explores: 

  • Self- and group-reflection on undoing racism in the context of immigrant rights solidarity.
  • The U.S. immigration system's history of racial exclusion and how it plays out today.
  • The theology and practice of accompaniment.
  • Real-life examples through case studies.
  • Practical skills and coaching focused on  three areas: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)/court accompaniment, congregational sanctuary, and immigration detention/prison visitation.  

We encourage participants to join this program as small groups working together locally. There is homework between sessions, and attendees are expected to participate in the full course.  

If you are a group leader, please fill out this survey so we can stay in touch as you take this course and to provide ongoing support as it is available. 

If you'd prefer to participate in the next live version of this course in winter/spring 2019, sign up to receive notices of the next series here.

This program is a collaboration of the American Friends Service Committee's Sanctuary Everywhere initiative and the UUA and UUSC's Love Resists campaign with partners Church World Service and Freedom for Immigrants, formerly CIVIC.


E-course materials

Watch the videos below for an introduction to each webinar from AFSC's Lucy Duncan. Click on the link below each video to access the full webinars.


Webinar 1: Undoing racism as spirtual practice

Watch the full webinar | Homework


Webinar 2: The accompaniment model: Philosophy and best practices

Watch the full webinar | Homework


Webinar 3: Substitute Materials - CASE STUDIES ON ACCOMPANIMENT

Access substitute materials | Homework


Webinar 4: Applied practice 

4a. Watch the full webinar on congregational sanctuary.

4b. Watch the full webinar on court and ICE accompaniment.

4c. Watch the full webinar on detention and prison visitation.