Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations

Mosaic Makers, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Multicultural Ministries team, offers a space for teams from congregations deeply engaged in the work of building intentional multicultural community to gather together in spiritual community for two and a half days of worship, experiential learning, and community building around the theme of strengthening the fabric of Unitarian Universalist (UU) multicultural ministries.

The conference is a part of the Multicultural Leadership Institute and grew out of the 2011 Multicultural Growth Consultation that brought together congregational leaders from eight UU congregations deeply committed and invested in multicultural ministry to share and learn and journey together.  You can learn more about Mosaic Makers on our fact sheet. (PDF, 2 pages).

The next Mosaic Makers conference will most likely be held in the spring of 2015. The location and exact dates have not yet been determined. Stay tuned for more information via our Catalyst newsletter!

Mosaic Makers 2012

The first Mosaic Makers took place in February 2012 in partnership with All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC; approximately 100 UU professional and lay religious leaders came together to grow, learn, and commit through worship, congregational life, justice ministry, and leadership.

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Mosaic Makers 2013

A second Mosaic Makers was held in November 2013 in partnership with All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK; approximately 100 UU professional and lay leaders from 20 congregations came together to explore the rich ways in which the All Souls Tulsa ministerial staff—as well as leadership from other UU congregations and UUA staff—imbed multicultural sensibility into all aspects of their ministries.

Our 2013 keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, author and speaker extraordinaire on the intersections of religion, ethics, race, class, and gender and Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology. Macky Alston, Auburn Seminary Media Director, also offered his inspired media training for religious professionals.

As with Mosaic Makers 2012, Mosaic Makers 2013 closed with a special, additional Ministry Day for clergy and seminarians.

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Did you attend Mosaic Makers? Visit Building on Mosaic Makers Learnings for recommended next steps and resources to take your learnings forward!

Who Is Invited

Mosaic Makers depends on an element of co-creation; thus, participation in Mosaic Makers 2012 was limited to teams from congregations that participated in the Multicultural Growth Consultation or were newly emerging as leaders in multicultural ministry efforts. 

Mosaic Makers 2013 built on what began the first year—registration was first opened to teams from Mosaic Maker congregations, and subsequently opened for additional congregational teams. Mosaic Makers is not designed for individual clergy, religious professionals, or lay leaders; rather, the conference is designed for team participation. A team of 4 to 8 participants is ideal.


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