Tools for Becoming a More Inclusive and Anti-Oppressive Community

How Will We Recommit Ourselves to Strive to Become a Fully Inclusive and Anti-Oppressive Community?

UUA staff, the Commission on Institutional Change, and Unitarian Universalist professional organizations and identity groups offer these tools for congregational conversations for liberation, girded by this first of three core commitments.

Conversations for Liberation: Discussion Guide for Congregations

One session, provided by UUA staff, UUA Commission on Institutional Change, professional and identity-based groups, 2019

Single session in the small group ministry format

4 by 4 Conversations for Talking Across Difference by Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Small roup conversations design to include people who are comfortable with working on a congregation's/the Association's efforts to counter an oppression (such as race or transphobia) and those who are uncomfortable with the conversation. Sample slides to go with the resource (PPT).

Institutional Change Congregation Resources |

Three discussion guides, provided by the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, is charged with long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Values is based on the questions discussed in General Assembly 2019 breakout groups
  2. Truth, Trauma, and Change in Our UU Communities includes links to text and video of the 2019 Berry Street Essay, “Truth, Trauma, and Transformation: Embracing the Cracks and the Gold,” by Rev. Leslie Takahashi, the response by Rev. Sophia Betancourt, and reflection/discussion questions for group discussion
  3. Video link (with captions) to “In This Delicate Turning,” Sunday morning worship at General Assembly 2019 and reflection/discussion questions

A Call to Faith in Turbulent Times by Rev. Marta I. Valentín

Four sessions, provided by UUA Lifespan Faith Engagement, 2017

Four small group ministry sessions nurture, support, and strengthen UUs as they determine what our faith commitments and values require of us at a time when the actions of our political leaders raise large moral questions.

Compassionate Warrior Bootcamp for White Allies: Spiritual Edition by David W. Campt with Allison Mahaley

Spiritual workbook, provided by UUMA

The Boot Camp provides an elegantly sequenced set of short assignments that, step-by-step, build up ally’s ability to engage in productive race conversations with family, friends, and coworkers whose racial views they find problematic.

Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin

Skinner House book, 2019

With a foreword by Janice Marie Johnson and reflection questions at the end of each chapter, the book shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, anti-racist Beloved Community.

Mistakes and Miracles Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism

By Nancy Palmer Jones, Karin Lin

From Skinner House Books

The 2022-2023 UUA Common Read Shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community.

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