Held at the Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa, OK, April 3-5, 2009!
We are called to honor and attend to the challenges of nurturing multiracial, multicultural Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations. But how do we approach and embrace multiculturalism? How do we learn to see and challenge the ways in which white culture and privilege define our community? How do we lead into this different future from where we are now? How do we create and sustain congregations that are truly welcoming and inclusive? What compels us?
Participants in the third Multiracial, Multicultural conference came together in Tulsa to address these and other questions at an exciting, meaningful, and informative program. For detailed information on the program go to the Conference Schedule for a list of the complete conference calendar.
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Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people and in communities (faith-based, intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
With Dr. Hicks explored how individuals in Unitarian Universalist congregations can better understand themselves and their communities by engaging individual diversity, such as personality, learning styles, and life experiences; and group differences such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political or other affiliations. Congregational teams and other conference attendees used an understanding of Inclusive Excellence to evaluate current congregational dynamics and brainstorm possible next steps for cultivating excellence that acknowledges, accounts for, and embraces diversity and differences.
Plus—Worship that draws on the diverse cultural heritage of Tulsa and its neighboring communities, including participating in the All Souls Unitarian Church Palm Sunday Worship Service in Tulsa, was an integral part of the conference experience.
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