MOSAIC: A New Season for the Mosaic

Mosaic logo is the word Mosaic multicolored gradient triangle shapes of orange, red, blue, green and black. The tagline line is "Fostering belonging and liberation in Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities."

Dear Ones:

A new season is rising within and among us. We are meeting the moment as we acknowledge the relentless incidents of disregard and violence, in the world at large, fueled by white supremacy.

I’m thrilled to welcome you to the launch of the Mosaic Hub!

The Mosaic is an online hub of connection, resources, and support for Unitarian Universalists dismantling racism and oppression. Through resources, programs, training, groups, and gatherings, The Mosaic fosters belonging and liberation in Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities. Our work for collective liberation can be as colorful, multi-faceted, and diverse as the tiles of a mosaic.

The Mosaic Hub will provide both space and opportunity for Unitarian Universalists of all races to grapple with, grow into, and collaborate in addressing white supremacy head on. This is no ordinary thing!

We are building on bold imagining started a dozen years ago. Some of you are familiar with the Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations conferences that took place over the past 12 years on the national, regional, district, and cluster levels.

We looked at what would be required of our congregations and leaders to make the Beloved Community manifest. Deep, healthy multicultural ministry was shared among congregational leaders, professional and lay, committed to making multiculturalism real!

The current Mosaic leaders have been working hard, behind the scenes. Part of our work involves bridging from the Mosaic Makers Conferences to the Mosaic Hub. We are committed to building the community that we yearn for.

Note that this newsletter is the new version of the Catalyst newsletter that was published by the former staff group, Multicultural Growth and Witness. It is now published by a cross-staff team representing offices of Ministries and Faith Development; Congregational Life; and Equity, Belonging, and Change.

This newsletter includes articles highlighting:

  • The Mosaic Learning and Practice Communities
  • Opportunities for Anti-Racism Engagement
  • Upcoming Events for the BIPOC Community

Let us participate with faith, tenacity, and joy in working for our collective liberation. Let us act as beautiful, multi-faceted, and diverse as the tiles of a mosaic – our mosaic.

I am proud to have been involved in the Mosaic Makers conferences. I’m equally proud to be involved in the emergent Mosaic Hub. What an ongoing honor!

The Mosaic Learning and Practice Communities

Shortly after I started working at the UUA I was asked to take on the task of making the Widening the Circle of Concern Learning and Practice Communities come to fruition. I dove deeply into the report gleaning the wisdom from the incredible research the Commission had done. I looked at models of how congregations were engaging the study guide. And I gathered data from lay and professional leaders across our movement about what they were doing, where they felt stuck, and what they needed to go deeper into Anti-racism transformation work. I mean, when you hand a Sociologist a task like this of course I went right to research. A few generous people joined me in a pilot Learning and Practice community and helped me learn more about what actually felt supportive, who different models served, and what got met with a resounding “meh.”[Read More]

Interested in anti-racism transformation in your congregation or community, but not sure where to begin? 

Are you always looking for opportunities to learn with and from others doing this work? 

Mosaic Skill-up Learning and Practice Communities are facilitated small group experiences helping leaders develop the skills and accountability they need to engage in effective anti-racism transformation work in their context. These 90-minute virtual gatherings (meeting approximately twice a month over 4 months) include a mix of learning from trusted voices in the movement toward anti-racism transformation. By participating in a skill-up group you will form meaningful connections, receive support and feedback as you implement your learnings, and tend to your own spiritual well being.

The purpose of the gathering is to deepen our collective understanding and skills around issues related to transformation work; build community through connecting individuals and congregations across our movement; and help us stay rooted in our Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Gatherings will include:

  • Welcome and Ingathering
  • Grounding in embodied practice or reflection
  • Learning on the topic for the gathering
  • Practice & Connection: Use of Zoom technology to create smaller spaces for people to practice and wrestle with content
  • Commission & Sending: Launching us back into our work

Our theme for Fall 2023 is Meeting the Moment: Anti-oppressive work toward transformation in these times.

We will hear from the UUA Mosaic Hub team about the exciting possibilities for healing, growth, and transformation the Hub provides. We will also explore the role of relationship, mission, and invitation in creating transformative communities.

Whether you are a seasoned leader or just curious to learn more please join us! Come to one, many, or all gatherings.

Visit www.uua.org/mosaic to learn more and to register for Mosaic Learning and Practice Communities.

In Faith,
Melissa James

Opportunities for Anti-Racism Engagement

WEAV - A Unitarian Universalist Congregational Curriculum

A 10-module small group ministry program designed to inspire participants as agents of sacred social change. WEAV stands for Who and What are UUs? Embodied Justice, Advocacy, and Vision. LEARN MORE

Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations is a program for people seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. Our program is grounded in Unitarian Universalism, developed and offered by the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and open to all learners. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together. LEARN MORE

Webinar: Uncovering the Hidden Power of Women in Unitarian and Universalist Histories

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Moderator:
Rev. Dr. Rosemary Bray McNatt, President, Starr King School for Ministry, CA, USA

Presenters:
Alisha Rani (India), and Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman (USA)

Responders:
Ann Peart (UK); Olga Flores (Bolivia); Maria Pap (UK and Transylvania, Romania)

  • 7:00am PT / 10am ET
  • 3:00pm United Kingdom
  • 4:00pm in Central and Western Europe
  • 5:00pm in Eastern Europe
  • 8:30pm India
  • 11:00pm Philippines

All are welcome to attend this free webinar, which is the third in a series of unique international Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist collaborative programs brought to you by the Reckoning International U/UU Histories Project. This is an ad hoc group of U/UU historians and ministers committed to uncovering oppressed, marginalized, and hidden stories in our histories. Please register by clicking on the link below.

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