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Our schools and the social environment in this country have not prepared us to be competent dealing with race and multiculturalism. This is unfinished business in America, in the UUA, and in our congregations. — Paula Cole Jones

This workshop introduces the concept and provides a definition of multicultural competence. Participants will explore the theological, spiritual, and religious grounding that calls them as individuals and the congregation as a whole to build multicultural competence and consider the kinds of knowledge and skills individuals and congregations must learn and practice in order to build healthy, accountable relationships with communities of Color and other racially/ethnically marginalized groups.

If your group is reconvening after a significant break, resend participants Workshop 13, Handout 1, What Will We Be and For Whom? and invite them to read it in advance.

Before leading this workshop, review the accessibility guidelines in the program Introduction under Integrating All Participants.

Goals

This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concept and a provide a definition of multicultural competence
  • Present the kinds of knowledge and skills individuals and congregations must learn and practice in order to build healthy, accountable relationships with communities of Color and other racially/ethnically marginalized groups.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explore the theological, spiritual, and religious grounding that calls them as individuals and as a congregation to build multicultural competence
  • Learn about the kinds of knowledge and skills individuals and congregations must learn and practice in order to be culturally competent.

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