Diversity

The U.S.G.L Diversity Task Force Monthly Module

The monthly module (MoMod) is an educational packet created by the MoMod team, a subgroup of the U.S.G.L. Diversity Task Force.  A Diversity MoMod is a monthly discussion and reflection tool, designed to be completed by a small group or individuals in 1-2 hours. Each module focuses on a single topic surrounding diversity and inclusion, supported by one resource, five discussion prompts, a self-reflection question and a feedback survey. The resource is usually a video lasting 15- 45 minutes. The discussion prompts are used to generate conversation about the single module topic. The self-reflection question is designed to relate the material back to Thelema. Two versions of the module packet exist. One is intended for small group discussion and includes the MoMod and facilitator notes. The other is intended for self study and includes the MoMod and a self-study guide. 

Contact your local body leadership for more information about discussion groups or access to a module for self study.

MoMod 01: Racial Injustice

In this foundational module, participants are encouraged to discuss ways to have hard conversations in light of fraternal bonds and explore the definitions of privilege and injustice. The resource video centers around the idea that it is important to first understand a problem before trying to fix it. Participants will be asked to discuss ways to reduce marginalization in their own spaces and in their communities. The module finishes with a challenge to each individual to measure the material in light of Liber Tzaddi, verse 22, 40-44. 

MoMod 02: Implicit Racial Bias

This module is centered around a 2019 documentary that explores the question, “can science alert us to bias?” In the video, different tests are administered and the results are examined. The module participants will begin by discussing the difference between unconscious bias and prejudice before being asked to take the “Symbolic Racism Scale” test and consider its effectiveness in determining racial bias. The module wraps up with discussion relating the material in light of Liber Oz. 

MoMod 03: 13th Amendment

Passed in January 1865 and ratified in December 1865, the 13th Amendment has become a source of controversy as some believe it provides a loophole for what it was originally designed to abolish: slavery. Participants are asked to consider the impact of the amendment and its effects on policy making and community. The discussion will include terms such as generational trauma and political advantage. Self-reflection is always a part of these modules and in this one the participants are asked to consider the amendment and its impacts in light of the U.S.G.L. Mission and Planning Statements. 

MoMod 04: Systemic Racism

This hard-hitting module starts with a conversation into the meanings of injustice and systemic racism. Explore the way history has been written and consider the existence of bias. One prompt suggests understanding what injustice truly is and finding one thing within an individual’s grasp to change and taking the action to change it. As a Thelemite, you will be challenged to reflect on a James Baldwin quote that specifically targets self-deception. 

MoMod 05: Antiracism

This module utilizes a podcast that explores the concept of antiracism and what it means to be an effective ally. Explore the concept of microaggressions and how they can creep into our conversations and interactions with others. The module participants, whether part of a larger group discussion or an individual self-study, will be asked to look at some of the terms we use in magick and esotericism and decide whether these terms should continue to be used or replaced. 

MoMod 06: Cognitive Roots of Bias

This module begins by encouraging participants to take the Harvard Implicit Bias test and discuss the possible assumptions we make about race and gender. The prompts encourage conversation surrounding “own race bias”, categorization, and tokenism. Explore how unconscious bias can form and the areas of our culture where it might be discovered. Lastly, reflect on the materials in light of Liber Librae.

MoMod 07: Social Constructs, Part 1 

***Available for the small group discussion format***
In this module, small groups will examine the concept of race and how assumptions can be made about an individual based on their physical characteristics. The participants are asked to consider their own identities and how social classification of race has affected them. This module is part 1 of 2. This module is only available for facilitated small group discussions. 

MoMod 08: Social Constructs, Part 2 

***Available for the small group discussion format***
In this module, the investigation into the concept of race continues by examining non-physical traits that connect people, the advantages and disadvantages created by the concepts of race, and a challenge to think about our society if we could unmake race. The module ends with a self reflection question asking the participants to think of Thelemic figures that we give the most attention to and how that influences the diversity in your local body. This module is part 2 of 2. This module is only available for facilitated small group discussions. 

MoMod 09: White Supremacy Culture

The White Supremacy Culture module encourages participants to look closely at the self-identifying “whiteness” of our communities. The discussion will start with prompts asking each participant to identify core values and behaviors and how practice and belief reinforce each other. Lastly, the participants will be asked to reflect on ATU VII in light of the group discussion. 

MoMod 10: Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known for his, I Have a Dream Speech, but in this module, we use two other speeches that are not as well known. In these, Dr. King uncovers other issues and advocates for the Black community. The participants will be asked to look at the current system and how it works for and against the rights and freedoms of the people. They will look at policies of the 1960’s and how these might be showing up today. 

MoMod 11: Transformational Activism

This module is an introduction to transformational activism. Transformational is defined as a thorough change to what we see or experience. The video’s presenter lays out four steps to achieving this change. The participants will be asked to discuss the concepts and self reflect about their role in creating change and eliminating implicit bias. 

MoMod 12: Racism in Esoteric Thought

This module begins by examining the history and use of the terms ‘white’ and ‘black’ in science and in esoteric thought. The participants will then discuss the polarizing phrases and terms used within the Thelemic community. The module wraps up with a self reflection question challenging participants to examine their own use of terms and conversations that might happen within their own local spaces with visitors and guests. A guided meditation written by the team is also included in this module as a way to explore the spectrum of color and think beyond black and white.