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Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop

The Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) program helps Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations examine ways they can be more inclusive in their consideration of ministerial candidates. UU ministers who identify as people of color; as Latina/Latino/Hispanic; as bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender; or as people with disabilities often have a more difficult time in the ministerial search process because of unconscious congregational biases.

Even in congregations that have called or hired a minister, interim minister, or intern from one of the aforementioned identity groups, biases have also arisen because congregations have mistakenly assumed that because they have called or hired such a minister means that they have adequately addressed diversity issues and need no further work. For more information contact idbm [at] uua [dot] org.

About the Author

  • Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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