The U.S.G.L. Diversity Task Force Diversity Modules - Thelema for All
The Thelema For All Diversity Modules are educational packets created by the Thelema for All Diversity Module team, a subgroup of the U.S.G.L. Diversity Task Force. The Thelema for All modules are intended to be a discussion and reflection tool and are designed to be completed by a small group or an individual in 1-2 hours. Each module focuses on a single topic surrounding diversity and inclusion and is supported by one resource, five discussion prompts, a self-reflection question, and a feedback survey. The resource can be a video, podcast, or article. The five 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.
Contact your local body leadership for more information about discussion groups or access to a module for self study.
Racial Diversity Module 1: 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.
Racial Diversity Module 2: 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 reviewing the material in light of Liber Oz.
Racial Diversity Module 3: 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.
Racial Diversity Module 4: 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, 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.
Racial Diversity Module 5: 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 magic and esotericism and decide whether these terms should continue to be used or be replaced.
Racial Diversity Module 6: 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.
Racial Diversity Module 7: Social Constructs, Part 1
Racial Diversity Module 8: Social Constructs, Part 2
Racial Diversity Module 9: White Supremacy Culture
Racial Diversity Module 10: Dr. King
Racial Diversity Module 11: Transformational Activism
Racial Diversity Module 12: Racism in Esoteric Thought
LGBTQIA+ Module 1: Queer Language 101: Attraction
This module explores different types of sexual and romantic attraction and introduces the terms used in the LGBTQIA+ community. The prompts help underline the importance of self-identification. The self-reflection question reviews the material in light of Liber Librae.