Racism in the UK: two perspectives

14:00 - 15:30
Mar 3rd 2021

What is the state of racism in the UK and how can we move forward? How can we have better conversations about this important topic across echo-chamber divides? Join Inaya Folarin Imam and Judy Ryde for this online webinar. The format will be a speaker discussion followed by audience Q and A.

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Join us for a conversation that embraces different viewpoints, not for the purpose of debate or ‘winning an argument,’ but in the spirit of dialogue, where the goal is to learn from one another. 

What is the state of racism in the UK? Should we feel optimistic about the progress that has been made  or should we feel sobered by how deep inequalities endure?  Is the anti-racist movement helping us to move forward? Or is identity politics creating more division than it heals?

In our polarised age, when media outlets are partisan, and social media algorithms drive us further into echo chambers, we tend to only hear these issues addressed from one side or another. But many  people feel hungry for a more nuanced understanding that can embrace the best insights from diverse perspectives. Join us on March 3rd for a conversation that asks, what can people of good faith with different views learn from one another? 

Judy Ryde is the author of White Privilege Unmasked: How to be part of the solution. She is a co-founder of The Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)  and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist. Inaya Folarin Imam is the founder of the Equiano Project, a debate, discussion and ideas forum devoted to exploring issues of race, culture and politics. Inaya is also a director of the Free Speech Union.

At St Ethelburga’s we are engaged in a broader exploration about how to grow individual and collective resilience to strengthen us to live in an age of crisis and change. We view reconciliatory and peace-making skills as a core part of community resilience. This event is part of a broader project we are engaged in to grow a community of practise amongst the alumni of our leadership training programmes in deep adaptation, radical resilience, peace-making and spiritual ecology. We are also keen to invite our wider network to take part in these vital conversations about how to grow collective resilience through rooting in our values.

We are curious to explore what reconciliation looks like amidst a polarised political and cultural landscape. We plan to do more events like this, bringing together people from a range of perspectives to have civil conversations that treat disagreement as an opportunity for learning. If you’re interested in this series, would like to find out more or suggest a topic, contact Clare Martin

More about the speakers:

Inaya Folarin Iman is a writer, social and political commentator, and campaigner. She is the founder and director of The Equiano Project, a discussion and ideas forum which promotes
universal humanist values on issues of race, culture, and politics. Inaya sits on the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Union and is a columnist for Spiked! Magazine. Inaya has written for The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Spectator, Standpoint Magazine, and several other publications. She also regularly appears on TV and radio to provide commentary on ‘big picture’ subjects such as freedom of speech, democracy, liberty, Brexit, and identity politics.


Judy Ryde, PhD, is a co-founder of The Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) and The Centre for Supervision, Training and Development. She is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and works as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She is the director and supervisor of Trauma Foundation South West which provides counselling and psychotherapy for refugees and asylum seekers. Her doctoral research was into ‘whiteness’ within psychotherapy and psychotherapy organisations at The University of Bath. ‘Being White in the Helping Professions’ was subsequently published in 2009 and her book ‘White Privilege Unmasked: How to be part of the solution’ was published in April 2019. She is co-author with Peter Hawkins of the book ‘Integrative Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice: a Relational, Systemic and Ecological Approach’ was published in October 2019.


This conversation will be facilitated by Clare Martin:

Clare Martin leads on the Radical Resilience programme while also acting as Communications Manager for St Ethelburga’s. Clare brings more than 15 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change, and is interested in how contemplative practises can play a role in cultural repair.  She has extensive experience of grassroots community organising, has spent time in the environmental movement, and has worked on numerous interfaith projects, most notably for Nisa Nashim, the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network. Prior to this, Clare worked as a communications consultant in the corporate and charitable sector. Currently she runs a community garden on her Hackney housing estate, where she lives with her husband and 7-year old daughter. You can read her thoughts on the role of visionary imagination in resilience building here, and on peace-making in the midst of culture war here.


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14:00 - 15:30
Mar 3rd 2021