... for all the significant identities that constitute each of us, there is a personal essence that defines who we are, a singular soul that is hidden deep within, beyond the layers of identity that protect it. When we make initial contact with each other, we only see the outside of that soul at first. But only through sustained communication and authentic relationships can we begin to penetrate the layers of social identity to view and enjoy the singular soul within. — Julio Noboa, contemporary educator and author, member of Latino/a Unitarian Universalist Networking Association (LUUNA)
This workshop presents three issues in Unitarian Universalism that have provided teachable moments and learning opportunities for transforming our community. Because these issues have been accompanied by pain and loss, participants with first-hand knowledge of or direct experience with them may harbor feelings of anxiety, hurt, or anger. Encourage participants to use the tools and knowledge they are gaining in these workshops to identify lessons they can draw from their experiences to help move the congregation and Unitarian Universalism toward Beloved Community. Pay special attention to the issues that arise, especially those that have an impact on your congregation and community. This information may suggest future actions the congregation might take.
Before leading this workshop, review the accessibility guidelines in the program Introduction under Integrating All Participants.
This workshop will:
- Present information about three concerns involving issues of race, ethnicity, and culture that reverberate in Unitarian Universalism today
- Invite participants to increase their multicultural competence by applying what they have learned to analyze the issues.
- Gain knowledge of three issues involving race, ethnicity, and culture that reverberate in Unitarian Universalism today
- Apply knowledge about multicultural competency, identity, and privilege to an analysis of the issues.