Finding Our Way Home Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color

Attendees of the 2016 Finding Our Way Home Retreat for UU Religious Professionals of Color

Attendees of the 2019 Finding Our Way Home Retreat in Philadelphia, PA

Registration

Registration is Now Open!!!!

2022 Finding Our Way Home (FOWH) - Long Beach, CA
Monday, April 4th - Thursday, April 7th

Registration Fees

Registration Fee:

$225 *Virtual & In-Person
Travel Fee:  $400 *For air travel arranged through ProTravel regardless of travel distance.
Hotel Fee: $625 (Single Room) $315 (w/ Roommate)
TOTAL COST: $1250 $940

Important Registration Details

Please read the following carefully because we want each of you to attend 2022 FOWH!

  • In order to plan for a safe in-person retreat and abide by COVID-19 precautions:
    • PLEASE REVIEW: UUA COVID-19 Guidelines for 2022 Finding Our Way Home - Long Beach, CA
    • Registration for in-person attendees will be limited to 75 persons.
    • Vaccinations are required for all in-person attendees.
    • Masks and COVID-19 tests will be available upon request.
    • In-person and virtual registration is interchangeable. Should your plans change, you may switch your registration from in-person to virtual or vice-versa until March 7th.
  • If you paid for 2020 FOWH-Long Beach, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you should have already received a separate email with information as to how to apply your credit toward your 2022 FOWH registration.
  • If you need financial support for any portion of the FOWH registration fee, please indicate the amount you are able to pay in the appropriate field on the registration form.
  • Note that the $400 Travel Fee is for air travel arranged through ProTravel, regardless of travel distance. Select this option in the registration form if you wish to pay the $400 Travel Fee or need your travel covered by the UUA. You will be prompted to enter your personal information and travel information into the registration form, which will be used to book your travel to FOWH-Long Beach. You will receive a travel confirmation email within days after you have registered.
  • If you are arranging your own housing and travel, feel free to opt out of paying our hotel and/or travel fees.

UUA Staff: Please use your respective UUA budget code to cover the registration fee and lodging expenses. You may contact ProTravel, or your travel site of choice to arrange travel. Fees for UUA Staff cannot be subsidized.

Questions

Please contact Rev. Michael Crumpler at multicultural@uua.org, if you have any questions. 

About Finding Our Way Home

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, Black/African Diaspora, Native/Indigenous, 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
  • Musicians
  • Administrators
  • UUA Staff

Retreats have been held in Miami (2019), Albuquerque, NM (2018), Baltimore, MD (2017), Philadelphia, PA (2016), Denver, CO (2015), Boston, MA (2014), Chicago, IL (2013), New Orleans, LA (2012), and Silver Spring, MD (2011).

Please use the following link to update your information and share with others who are interested in receiving information about the Finding Our Way Home retreats:

To learn more and to be added to the Finding Our Way Home community, contact multicultural@uua.org.

Testimonials

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.
Lindasusan Ulrich
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.
Kamila Jacob
Youth Ministries Coordinator, Unitarian Church of All Souls, NYC

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