Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations has twice now offered a space primarily for teams from congregations deeply engaged in the work of building intentional multicultural community to gather together in spiritual community for worship, experiential learning, and community building.
Take the learnings forward! Here are Multicultural Ministries’ suggestions for how to build on the conference and live out its transformational messages.
Personal Reflection and Action
Take time for personal reflection on your own takeaways from Mosaic Makers.
Reflect, write, and/or discuss with others questions from the conference:
- Why do I want to lead or be part of a multicultural church?
- What must I risk losing to become part of a multicultural congregation (especially after Mosaic Makers)?
- What stories and lessons am I wrestling with?
- Consider reading Liberation Theology for Armchair Theologians by keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre and/or some of his recent articles.
Be sure to report back to your congregation in some way from the experience of attending Mosaic Makers. Take immediate steps, be they small or large, to incorporate your learnings and ideas into your congregation’s ministries.
- Check out Keep Talking, Start Doing for ten prime ideas of what your next steps might be for deepening your congregational engagement.
- Check out Gordon Dragt’s “16 Tips for Turning Your Congregation Around” from Mosaic Makers 2012.
- Participate in Thirty Days of Love.
As we heard at Mosaic Makers, Multicultural Ministries recognizes that social change work requires the capacity to work in diverse coalitions, and that building diverse community requires working for social change in partnership with those most directly affected by injustice.
How is your congregation connecting the dots? How can you do so even more?
Revisit the structure and functioning of your congregation’s social justice ministry:
- Is your outward-looking work connected to your inward-looking work?
- Is this ministry connected to your congregation’s mission and covenant?
- Are you working in accountable partnerships/coalitions?
- Check out the UUA’s top resources for effective social justice ministry.
- Consider engaging with the burgeoning movement to fight “the New Jim Crow”—mass incarceration, mass deportation, racial profiling, stand your ground laws, voter disenfranchisement and suppression, and more.