Finding Our Way Home Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color
Finding Our Way Home is an annual retreat hosted by the UUA for Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious professionals of color. It offers community building, spiritual reflection, and collegial support while connecting participants with local community organizations as partners in service, witness, and advocacy.
This UUA-sponsored retreat welcomes UU religious professionals who identify as people of color, Latina/o, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Middle Easterners, and others, and/or multiracial and multiethnic. Religious professionals include the following groups:
- Ministers in fellowship
- Ministerial candidates and seminarians
- Religious educators
- Membership professionals
Each participant is expected to be a member of a UU professional group (see the Professional Organizations listings under Related Organizations for more information).
Retreats have been held in Philadelphia, PA (2016), Denver, CO (2015), Boston, MA (2014), Chicago, IL (2013), New Orleans, LA (2012), and Silver Spring, MD (2011).
To learn more and to be added to the Finding Our Way Home community, contact multicultural [at] uua [dot] org.
Finding Our Way Home is supported by the generosity of Unitarian Universalists communities and individuals. Travel is subsidized up to $500 per person, although travel equalization (offering more funding to those traveling further) is possible. In addition, participants have given generously through special collections during the retreat to offset the cost of the event.
Finding Our Way Home participants have called the annual retreat "the single most effective UUA program dealing with multicultural ministries by religious professionals of color."
Finding Our Way Home has given me a place to explore what it means to be a multicultural leader within our denomination. I’ve experienced warmth and acceptance in a way that has helped me bring my full self to ministry, unafraid to claim the complexities of my social location. People embraced me from the get-go. I also value the opportunity to connect with religious professionals across different roles (ministers, religious educators, musicians, administrators); their expertise has enriched my work and my vision for what’s possible in Unitarian Universalism.
I wouldn’t be the minister I am today without the deep bonds that have formed through these gatherings. For a few days each year, I get to live in the Beloved Community, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Assistant Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
The time for fellowship with Peers and Mentors of Color is an invaluable experience for my ministerial formation and my professional identity. The existence of Finding Our Way Home reinforces that as a lifelong UU, there will always be a place for me in our shared ministry. The event is a beautiful and spirit-renewing mosaic of the Beloved Community we’re journeying toward and making as peoples of faith.
Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd, M.Ed
Interim Director of Religious Education, Guild of Interim Religious Educators, Aspirant for UU Ministry, UUA Trustee
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA
As a person of color in Unitarian Universalism, I often feel isolated, even in the most welcoming and loving spaces. Finding Our Way Home allowed space for identity growth I didn’t know how much I needed. Being my whole self in a community of shared experiences was enlightening. Through Finding Our Way Home, the network of UU’s of color continues to grow, thus strengthening our entire faith denomination.
Youth Ministries Coordinator, Unitarian Church of All Souls, NYC