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Materials and Resources for Soul Work: the Multicultural UU University Track

Continuing the Conversation

Online Resources

  • Buy the Unitarian Universalist (UU) University 2009 DVD or borrow it from the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) video loan library. Check out the accompanying DVD study guide.
     
  • The Mosaic Project
    The Mosaic Project is a UUA assessment project that focuses on identifying the UU ministry needs of youth and young adults of color. The 2009 Mosaic Project Report provides the findings of the study and recommendation for congregations, districts, and the association.
     
  • UUA Resources on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism.
     
  • UUA Resources on Cultural Misappropriation and Cross Cultural Engagement.
     
  • Accessibility
    • Money and Ideas (PDF, 38 pages): Creative Approaches to Congregational Access (the Alban Institute and the National Organization on Disability)
      Congregations seeking greater accessibility for people with disabilities often find that a key challenge is the availability of resources. How does a congregation find money, materials, or labor for a ramp, an elevator, or accessible restrooms? The 38 page booklet offers success stories and an annotated resource section. Congregations aiming at greater accessibility, but feeling stymied by a lack of resources, will find this booklet useful and inspiring. You can buy it from the Alban Institute or you can download it (in large print format).
       
    • Accessible Faith (PDF, 56 pages): A Technical Guide for Accessibility in Houses of Worship (the Retirement Research Foundation)
      Increasingly, congregations are striving to welcome all members of the community into fellowship, with opportunities for full participation in worship, study, service, and leadership. This excellent publication is a comprehensive guide for congregations that are working on improving accessibility for people with disabilities, including the growing number of older adults. The 54 page book is designed to provide technical guidance in all aspects of accessibility; help congregations understand building-related codes; identify user-friendly design solutions. 
       
    • Removing Barriers (PDF, 68 pages): Planning Meetings that are Accessible to all Participants (North Carolina Office on Disability and Health)
      From the introduction: “This publication highlights basic guidelines and strategies to help organizations make their meetings accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. An environment that is accessible, functional, and safe benefits everyone, regardless of age or level of ability. This principle, known as universal Design. serves as the basis for the information presented in this publication. The guide describes the benefits of providing both physical and communication access.” The 53 page publication includes checklists and accessible meetings resources. 
       
    • UUA Information on Accessibility.

Organizations and E-Lists

  • Allies for Racial Equity (ARE)
    Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity exists as a response to a request by DRUUMM, a UU People of Color Organization, for a group of white anti-racist allies to serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and our world. Our mission is to confront racism in ways that are accountable to communities of color and by creating opportunities for white UUs to understand white privilege and unlearn white supremacy.
     
  • Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)
    As People of Color mobilized in an anti-racist collective, we unite to:
    • Work for self-determination, justice and equal opportunity,
    • Empower our various ministries,
    • Celebrate our diverse heritages,
    • Overcome racism through resistance,
    • Transform and enrich Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences.
       
  • Equual Access
    A newly formed affinity group that invites all UUs with disabilities, and all their friends, families, and allies—everybody who cares about full participation for people with disabilities in our faith community.
     
  • Join an Email List
     
  • Interweave Continental
    Unitarian Universalists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns

Books

  • Emerson, M.O.; Woo, R. (2006). People of the dream: Multiracial congregations in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
     
  • Hobgood, M. E. (2000). Dismantling Privilege: An ethics of accountability. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press.
     
  • Johnson, A. G. (2001). Privilege, power, and difference. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
     
  • Johnson, M. (2006). Disability awareness: Do it right. Louisville, KY: Avocado Press, Inc.
     
  • Law, E. H. F. (1993). The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: Spirituality for leadership in a multicultural community. St Louis: Chalice Press.
     
  • Lewis, J.J. (2008). The power of stories: A guide for leading multi-racial, multi-cultural congregations. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
     
  • Takahashi-Morris, L., Roush, J., and Spencer, L. (2009). The arc of the universe is long: Unitarian Universalists, anti-racism, and the journey from Calgary. Boston, MA: Skinner House.

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Last updated on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

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