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Multicultural Sensibility in Leadership Development
Multicultural Sensibility—one of the twelve recommended leadership development competencies—includes:
- Understanding how race and privilege operate in our lives and institutions.
- Actively working to dismantle racism.
- Understanding how culture affects beliefs, values and mental models and having strategies to bridge them.
We are committed to the practice of radical hospitality, where we encounter each person as a gift. We are committed to the ideal of true diversity, because we understand that each person has something to contribute. This enables us to encounter, experience and integrate diverse ideas and values to work our way closer to our understanding of the “truth.”
- Find ways to understand and appreciate one's own culture and identity and how it informs one's experience and world view.
- Continually examine one's own assumptions underlying one's ideas and beliefs.
- Be gentle with oneself while doing this hard work.
- Cultural Humility:People, Principles and Practices (YouTube 29:29) Vivian Chavez
A Religion for Our Time (YouTube, 5:09): Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), Maryland: insights from the fifteen-year journey of becoming a more diverse congregation
- Why do we need to be thinking of multiculturalism in congregations? (YouTube, 3:02) Eric Law, author of The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb
- 4 Tips for Culturally Agile Leadership (YouTube, 1:00)
- 16 Tips for Turning Your Congregation Around (YouTube, 1:01:23) with Gordon Dragt
- Antony Beckham on cross-cultural leadership (YouTube, 4:36)
Advancing Latino Leadership with Juana Bordas
Mark Morrison Reed at the Metro NY Annual District Meeting
- A Unitarian Universalist ‘Black Lives Matter’ Theology by Kenny Wiley
- Reconciliation as Spiritual Practice by Paula Cole Jones, UU World March/April 2007
- Kite Strings and Clotheslines: Learning to Value Difference by William M. Kondrath
- Leadership in Multicultural and Multiracial Congregations by Jacqueline J. Lewis
- The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity an overview written by the model’s author, Dr. Milton Bennett
- Are You on Middle Class Standard Time? by Andrew Willis Garcés
- In Communion with One Another: Characteristics of Successful Multiracial Congregations by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook
- How to Talk to Someone About Privilege Who Doesn't Know What That Is Jamit Utt
- Why Do We Need A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity? Paula Cole Jones (Podcast and article)
- Interview on Classism in UU History (MP3) with Mark Harris
- Celebrating Our Differences (MP3), Rev. Dr. William M. Kondrath
- Wisdom from Mosaics: A Panel and Conversation on Building Multiracial and Multiethnic Congregations with Robert M. Hardies, Marlin Lavanhar, Fredric J. Muir , Josh Pawelek, and Taquiena Boston
- The New Era of Unitarian Universalism with Rosemary Bray McNatt and Marlin Lavanhar
Religious life in our country is undergoing significant change. Unitarian Universalism, with our heritage of working for justice, is also changing – especially as we observe and engage in the movements sweeping our country for racial equity. This is a liminal moment for us as a religious people – we have an opportunity to shape our future right now if we are willing to support and join those on the front lines; if we are open to the changes that will follow. The foundations for our “New Era” are being laid as you read this. With the well-publicized trends of “spiritual but not religious” and the different needs of younger generations in their embrace of faith and spirituality, how can we make our congregations ready to welcome, embrace and engage all who seek us out? What do we need to pay attention to, to prepare for it?
- Intercultural Competency: What Can we Learn? Rev. Lisa Presley
- Faith Formation 2020 and the Multigenerational Community, Nancy Combs-Morgan and Barb Friedland
- Ministry in the Borderlands: 2008 Unitarian Universalist (UU) University, Rev. Nick Carter
- Soul Work: Creating Welcoming Multicultural UU Communities: 2009 UU University
- The Racial Dot Map An accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.
- Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Racial Justice and Multicultural Ministries
- Building the World We Dream About, Mark Hicks (UUA Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)
- If you have potential Youth or Young Adult Leaders of Color, consider sending them to UU Multicultural Leadership School!
- Kaleidoscope Institute for competent leadership in a diverse, changing world
- Spirit in Action: Leadership Development: they aspire to build a broad and interconnected social force committed to collectively changing the world by working with communities to Reimagine culture, Resist domination, Reform institutions and Recreate society
- Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas
- Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
- Soul Work: Anti-racist Theologies in Dialogue, editors: Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, Nancy Palmer Jones
- Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History by Mark Harris and Discussion Guide (PDF, 20 pages)
- The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb by Eric Law
- Video ARAOMC resources available (PDF) from UUA lending library
- Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity A Small Group ministry program offered by Mark Hicks of Meadville Lombard
- Curricula & Trainings on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism