Multicultural Transformation and Intercultural Competency

Every day, awareness that racism is still very much alive in the United States grows. Increasingly, Unitarian Universalist congregations are looking to take a stand, to better understand “whiteness” and to show up meaningfully for racial justice. How would you like to engage?

Dismantle White Supremacy Culture in My Congregation

Help My Congregation Be More Multicultural

  • Mosaic Makers Conference is an annual gathering and learning community for teams from congregations deeply engaged in the work of building intentional multicultural community.

Create Spaces for Authentic Dialogue and Anti-Racist Transformation

  • Building the World We Dream About, a 24-session curriculum by Dr. Mark Hicks (© UUA 2010). Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. It consists of 24 two-hour workshops, with Taking It Home activities, reflections, and readings to be done between workshops. The program creates opportunities for participants to practice dreaming our world otherwise, and then commit to new, intentional ways of being. Can be adapted and conducted in 12 sessions.
  • Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults, an 8-session version of the above, adapted for the lives and perspectives of young adults (ages 18-35)
  • Beloved Conversations: An experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. The program consists of a 1.5-day retreat, facilitated by a Fahs Collaborative staff person, that launches the curriculum, followed by 8 two-hour sessions of guided dialogue and experiential exercises facilitated by members of the congregation.

Be a White Ally/Accomplice

  • Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racism Curriculum by Rev. Dr. William Gardiner. With sections for individuals and for facilitators, this six-session curriculum covering: “The History of White Supremacy in the United States,” “The Emotional Lives of White People,” “Racial Identity Development,” “Racial Identity Journey,” “White Power and Privilege,” and “Developing a Positive White Identity.”
  • Understanding Whiteness: A Curriculum to Help Uproot Racism by Alice Reinheimer and Gina Whitaker of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County, California. This eight-session program is a UU adaptation of a Buddhist resource, White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege (WAIC UP!): A Dharma and Racism Study Program.
  • An Ethic of Risk What We Choose, Workshop 9, (by Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Rev. Amber Beland, (© UUA 2012) This workshop introduces and considers UU theologian Dr. Sharon Welch's ethic of risk, which includes a redefinition of responsible action, grounding in community, and strategic risk-taking. She challenges us to form communities of accountability with people of different perspectives, values, and mores.

Confront Linked Oppressions

  • Understanding Ethics from the Margins: What We Choose, Workshop 8, (by Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Rev. Amber Beland, (© UUA 2012) This workshop in our UU ethics series introduces three scholars of the late 20th and early 21st century who challenge the moral thinking of the dominant U.S. culture, a culture that ignores the collective social dimension of oppression and influences moral norms in ways that ignore (or even foment) oppression.
  • Working for Safety and to End Oppression: A workshop in the Safe Congregation Handbook.

Confront Our Denominational and National History

  • Responding to Calls for Black Empowerment: Resistance and Transformation, Workshop 12 (by Rev. Julia Hamilton and Rev. Colin Bossen, (© UUA 2011) This workshop examines how the 1960s "Black Power" movement affected our religious movement by focusing on two narratives—one the story of a congregation and one of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Both were torn apart by the pressures and tensions that arose as a result of their responses to the events of the time.

About the Authors

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong currently serves as the UUA's Ministerial Credentialing Director and was previously Congregational Life Staff for the Pacific Western Region. He is also a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice.

Sarah Gibb Millspaugh

Bio for Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh of the UUA Pacific Western Region's staff.

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UUA Racial Justice Resources

Explore offerings from the UUA Racial Justice and Multicultural Ministries team.

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Who at the UUA can help?

Staff of our UUA regions and our national offices can help you lead multicultural change.

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Racial Justice Worship Resources

The UUA's WorshipWeb offers guidance for decentering whiteness in worship, readings on themes like race and ethnicity, anti-oppression, and justice, as well as these relevant special collections:

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UU Racial Justice Groups

These Unitarian Universalist organizations gather people of different identities to counter racism and white supremacy within Unitarian Universalism and beyond.