Handout 1: The State of Racial-Ethnic Relations at _____ [name of your congregation] Part of Building the World We Dream About Category Statement Policies and Practices Congregants in the dominant racial group are comfortable talking about issues of race with persons from non-dominant racial groups. People of Color and people from racially or ethnically marginalized groups are represented in positions of power and authority in the congregation. People of Color and people from racially or ethnically marginalized groups feel free to speak or share an option without fear of reprisal or fear of hurting others' feelings. Practices and policies are intentionally designed and monitored with an antiracist multicultural lens. Members of the congregation hold each other accountable for their actions. Worship and Spirituality Liturgy, music, and religious education represent a broad array of cultural traditions and experiences of members of the congregation and/or community. Spiritual practices from multiple cultural perspectives are taught and celebrated. Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Relationships Congregants form and celebrate caring friendships outside of formal worship and committee work. People take a stand against racist jokes and comments. Congregants are curious about the perspectives and assumptions of others (as opposed to judging or arguing about what others think or do). People of Color and people from racially and ethnically marginalized groups feel free to congregate and celebrate their cultural traditions without being seen as separatist. PREVIOUS: Taking It Home UP: Workshop 17: Voices from the Local Community NEXT: Leader Resource 1: Kindness Download all of Building the World We Dream About (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.