A report developed over five years by the UUA Racial and Cultural Diversity Task Force entitled “Journey Towards Wholeness—The Next Step: From Racial and Cultural Diversity to Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racist Multiculturalism” led to an almost unanimous vote by the 3,000 General Assembly delegates in Phoenix, AZ, in June 1997 to a Resolution Toward an Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalist Association to carry forward the vision outlined in the report.
In this recorded conversation with Paula Cole Jones and Rev. Melvin Hoover we explore historical moments that led to the 1997 resolution and where we are now as an association.
For congregational resources to explore anti-racism in your congregations, please see the links below
- Programs, Guides, and Curricula for Anti-Racist, Multicultural Change
- The Journey Toward Wholeness Path to Anti-Racism History
Gatherings and Groups for BIPOC UUs:
- BLUU- Black Lives of UU- for black members
- DRUUMM- Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries- for BIPOC UUs- within this are caucus groups for indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, and more
- Taproot- a monthly meeting for BIPOC UU Lay Leaders
- CER BIPOC Group- a monthly meeting group for BIPOC lay leaders in the Central East Region. Contact Rev. Sana Saeed for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
These programs are designed to be facilitated by members or staff of your congregation.
- Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, June 2020, also available in hardcopy. See also this study/action guide.
- Examining Whiteness
- Building the World We Dream About Curriculum, by Dr. Mark Hicks is a 24 session curriculum that seeks to transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. (Can be adapted into 12 sessions)
- Knotty Conversations for Dismantling White Supremacy - online “course” in 7 parts to spark conversation in congregational teams on “knotty” topics. Created by New England Region staff
- Be the Change! Youth Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Project (UUA)
- Building the World We Dream About (UUA), with two versions: a longer version for general adults and a shorter version for young adults.
- The National Pledge to End Racism, a program developed and supported by Unitarian Universalists in Richmond, Virginia, now available for congregations throughout the US.
- Book-Based Congregationally-Led Programs can also be quite effective. This curated UUA.org listing provides links to purchase the books and lead discussion groups.
- ARE- Allies for Racial Equity- for white folks
- The Richness and Challenge of the Journey (YouTube): a recorded webinar conversation with leaders at the North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist describing various things they have done with and through the congregation over many years to address racial injustice and what they learned in the process.
Recorded Webinars from the GRACE (Growing Racial And Cultural Equity) Team:
- The Richness and Challenge of the Journey: a conversation with leaders at the North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist in which they describe various things that they have done with and through the congregation over many years to address racial injustice and what they learned in the process. (April 19, 2018) Recording (YouTube)
- Waking Up to Whiteness in Our Congregations: a conversation led by the G.R.A.C.E. team for people looking for ways to inspire and support their congregations to look at congregational culture to see how whiteness may be limiting their ministries and welcome. (February 28, 2017) Recording (YouTube)
- Banners 101: led by members of the G.R.A.C.E. team, this webinar is for those wondering what to consider, how to get congregational support, and what a good process might be in getting a congregation to hang a Black Lives Matter banner. (February 9, 2017) Follow up resources (google doc)