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  • Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change

    After three years of research, story gathering, and analysis of structural and systemic racism and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism, the report from the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) is now available: Widening the Circle of Concern makes vital...
    7/1/2020
  • Equity in Design and Being a Good Ancestor

    Equity in design necessitates that we purposefully demonstrate an awareness of the need to deinstitutionalize white supremacy. A superb resource that you can do yourself: Layla F. Saad’s, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 6/3/2020
  • Design for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    Regional Assembly Keynote Speaker Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President on Equity, Inclusion, and Change, asked these questions: * Who or what are you holding in your heart at this moment? * What inequities have become more visible to you as a result of COVID-19...
    5/5/2020
  • Resources for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    Many of our congregations partner with local organizations that support groups mentioned in the NAACP report. How can your congregation continue to be a good partner during this time when need is great and impact painfully uneven? How can you assist members within your...
    4/4/2020
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Resource Updates

    Updates on two of the Dismantling White Supremacy Culture resources we’ve recently shared. The first is an online opportunity for an interchange of experiences with holding Conversations for Liberation—a framework and an invitation for Unitarian Universalist faith communities to...
    3/9/2020
  • My Experience with the 8th Principle

    Sometimes justice work can be hard. You doubt that what you are doing is enough and if it is small you may believe that it doesn’t even matter.
    2/3/2020
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Resource of the Month

    Have you been looking for “a next-generation community platform, [that] chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ...
    1/2/2020
  • What is Systemic Racism?

    Our Dismantling White Supremacy Resource for December is a series of one-minute videos from Race Forward that highlights the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives.
    12/2/2019
  • Conversations for Liberation

    Dismantling White Supremacy Resource of the Month: Unitarian Universalism is at a moment of great power and potential. We are making progress toward becoming a faith movement where people of all backgrounds and identities can thrive to challenge systems of oppression, patriarchy...
    11/4/2019
  • Update on Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy Resources and Work

    The MidAmerica Fieldstaff team shared that one of the books we are reading as part of our study on dismantling systemic white supremacy is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by researcher and clinician, Bessel van der Kolk. One of our...
    11/4/2019
  • Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy: Slowing Down to Go Deeper

    Two years ago the MidAmerica Fieldstaff Team embarked on a course of group study in order to do personal work around dismantling systemic white supremacy. Here is sample of what we have viewed and discussed:
    10/1/2019
  • Worship Matters: Dismantling White Supremacy

    Remember to…Seek ways to amplify and incorporate the voices of people of color in all aspects of congregational life. Centering voices of people of color helps to destabilize white supremacy as the dominant cultural norm in a UU setting and beyond.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 9/4/2019
  • GA Inspiration for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    For this month we encourage you and your congregants to watch some of the best moments of General Assembly (GA) 2019 in Spokane, WA. As program staff we recommend the Sunday morning worship service with a mighty and moving sermon, It is Time Now, by Reverend Marta I. Valentín.
    8/1/2019
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Resource: The Urgency of Intersectionality

    For many of us, one of the highlights at last month’s Regional Assembly in Saint Louis was the Saturday evening viewing of a TED talk by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory, known for the introduction and...
    5/7/2019
  • Decentering Whiteness in Worship

    We recommend watching a recording of a webinar called “Decentering Whiteness in Worship” led by Rev. Erika Hewitt, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, and Julica Hermann de la Fuente that was recorded on June 1, 2017.
    4/7/2019
  • Knowing Ourselves: Undoing Racism as Spiritual Practice

    Webinar hosted by Julica Hermann de la Fuente, a UU Lay Community Minister and a candidate for UU ministry. “Knowing Ourselves” was the first installment of Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist Practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment & Resistance, a four-session...
    2/5/2019
  • Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    Intersectionality addresses how specific identities compound to disempower people due to accepted (and often unseen) systems of power at work in society.
    By Sharon Dittmar | 1/3/2019
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Resource of the Month - Brittany Packnett

    2018 Ware Lecturer Brittany Packnett’s "talk offers much for us to reflect upon as we examine the impacts of racism and white supremacy culture within our faith.”
    12/3/2018
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Resource of the Month

    As we seek to dismantle white supremacy, within our own institution, as well as the greater world, we must seek to be in relationship.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 11/5/2018

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