Multicultural Religious Education Renaissance Module ~ DE ~2018
Type of event: Training
The Central East Region is excited to offer this learning opportunity to expand your understanding and experience of Multicultural Religious Education! Join us in the beautiful seashore town of Lewes DE for the Multicultural Religious Education Renaissance Module! The training will be held at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware in Lewes DE, October 18-201, 2018. See below for schedule details.
The stated goals of the Multicultural Religious Education Renaissance Module are:
- Learn to nurture a congregation that welcomes, includes and appreciates cultural diversity.
- Learn to help prepare children and youth for the multicultural realities of society and the world.
- Learn to support people of all ages in developing positive cultural identities.
- Learn to exercise moral agency to challenge structures of social and political oppression and make a difference in the lives of others.
Religious Educator Judith Frediani writes in the module introduction:
James A. Banks, a primary theorist in multicultural education, has written:
The goal of multicultural education is an education for freedom that is essential in today’s ethnically polarized and troubled world. It promotes the freedom, abilities, and skills to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries to participate in other cultures and groups. It should help people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to participate in a democratic and free society. In a word, multicultural education is education for social justice. Multicultural religious education is a way of seeing and thinking as well as doing. It requires us to truly open our minds and hearts to the perspectives and experiences of others. It requires the humility to see those diverse perspectives to be as valid as our own. It calls us to welcome and include the unfamiliar, those who may be outside our comfort zone. It asks us to acknowledge the realities of oppression and privilege. It means we are open to change and growth, and ultimately care more about justice than comfort.
While there are many dimensions of “multiculturalism,” this program focuses on racial/ethnic identity. Everyone has racial/ethnic identity, and this program is for everyone.
As religious leaders, you can nurture a congregational culture that:
- Welcomes, includes and appreciates cultural diversity
- Helps prepare children and youth for the multicultural realities of society and the world
- Supports people of all ages in developing positive cultural identities
- Exercises moral agency to challenge structures of social and political oppression and make a difference in the lives of others.
Participants will receive links and pdf files for a variety of readings prior to the training. Participants are expected to download or print the module handouts which can be downloaded at the UUA website.
Dates and time:
- Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12 – 4 pm (optional dinner gathering in the town of Lewes)
- Friday, October 19, 2018, 9-5 (lunch include and dinner on your own)
- Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9-1
- Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Minister of Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock, Master Level Credentialed Religious Educator
- Patricia Infante, Central East Regional Staff, Credentialed Religious Educator
- $225 per person covers the cost of training, snacks throughout, and lunch and dinner on Friday. Participants who are members of or serving CER Congregations are eligible to apply for a $75 scholarship. See the registration form for details.
- Lodging is NOT included
- Local hospitality MAY be available but we cannot guarantee there will be room for all who express a need. There are many local hotels at a variety of price points and we can help pair you with a roommate to make the cost more affordable. Nearby towns include Rehoboth Beach and Dewey, and there are a number of smaller B & B’s located in the area.
Renaissance Modules are designed to accommodate up to 24 participants and are open to all those interested in religious education leadership including seminary students, ministers, RE committee members and other lay leaders. Congregations are encouraged to support their Religious Educator by providing funding for the cost of attending as well as time off to attend.