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Multicultural Sensibility in Leadership Development
Leadership Development

Multicultural Sensibility—one of the twelve recommended leadership development competencies—includes:

  • Understanding how race and privilege operate in our lives and institutions. 
  • Actively working to dismantle racism. 
  • Understanding how culture affects beliefs, values and mental models and having strategies to bridge them.

Core Values

We are committed to the practice of radical hospitality, where we encounter each person as a gift. We are committed to the ideal of true diversity, because we understand that each person has something to contribute. This enables us to encounter, experience and integrate diverse ideas and values to work our way closer to our understanding of the “truth.”


  • Find ways to understand and appreciate one's own culture and identity and how it informs one's experience and world view.
  • Continually examine one's own assumptions underlying one's ideas and beliefs.
  • Be gentle with oneself while doing this hard work.



Web Articles


On-Demand Webinars

  • Wisdom from Mosaics: A Panel and Conversation on Building Multiracial and Multiethnic Congregations with Robert M. Hardies, Marlin Lavanhar, Fredric J. Muir , Josh Pawelek, and Taquiena Boston
  • The New Era of Unitarian Universalism with Rosemary Bray McNatt and Marlin Lavanhar
    Religious life in our country is undergoing significant change.  Unitarian Universalism, with our heritage of working for justice, is also changing – especially as we observe and engage in the movements sweeping our country for racial equity. This is a liminal moment for us as a religious people – we have an opportunity to shape our future right now if we are willing to support and join those on the front lines; if we are open to the changes that will follow. The foundations for our “New Era” are being laid as you read this.  With the well-publicized trends of “spiritual but not religious” and the different needs of younger generations in their embrace of faith and spirituality, how can we make our congregations ready to welcome, embrace and engage all who seek us out? What do we need to pay attention to, to prepare for it? 
  • Intercultural Competency: What Can we Learn?  Rev. Lisa Presley
  • Faith Formation 2020 and the Multigenerational Community, Nancy Combs-Morgan and Barb Friedland
  • Ministry in the Borderlands: 2008 Unitarian Universalist (UU) University, Rev. Nick Carter
  • Soul Work: Creating Welcoming Multicultural UU Communities: 2009 UU University



Other Resources

Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History

Mark Harris
From Skinner House Books
Also available as an eBook from Google eBooks or as an eBook from Kindle eBooks.

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