A.D.O.R.E. (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) was founded by Paula Cole Jones, a lifelong member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. Paula has a deep passion for work on racial justice. She is a management consultant with over 25 years of experience designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations. Paula is a native Washingtonian and has been employed by both the D.C. and federal governments. She is editor of a book of poetry published by Skinner House entitled, “Encounters: Poems About Race, Ethnicity and Identity.”
In November 2015, a large group of participants from 1st Unitarian Church of Honolulu as well as other interested parties participated in an eye-opening workshop facilitated by Paula. She raised our awareness regarding race and multiculturalism so much that we decided to dedicate ourselves to holding follow-on ADORE sessions.
What we do now
Once a month, we invite speakers over Zoom to present important topics to us and participate in discussions. Occasionally we view an educational DVD and/or read related articles and discuss them in order to continue our experience of gaining deeper and deeper awareness. Our meetings provide a safe place for people to talk about topics that are usually swept under the rug, i.e., the “elephant in the room.” Our goal is to, as Paula says, “talk about race until it loses its power,” so that we, as individuals and as a group, will be empowered to effectively engage in anti‐racism work in our community and in our world.
Talk about race until it loses its power~Paula Cole Jones