Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults: An Anti-racist Multicultural Program

Activity 2: Voices and Perspectives

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Computer with projector and speakers
  • Participant journals and writing implements

Preparation for Activity

Description of Activity

Introduce the video clips, using these words or your own:

In January 2009, 32 leading Unitarian Universalist theologians, ministers, and activists gathered to reflect on the theological grounding of our social justice work. Many of the speakers addressed the question of race in powerful ways. We are going to look at three short clips from the DVD created from this event, called A People So Bold. After each clip, I will offer a question or two for you to reflect on and some time for silence, during which you may journal or meditate on what you just experienced. There will be time for in-depth sharing and response later in the workshop.

Introduce the first clip by saying that the speaker is Kat Liu, a UUA Witness Ministries Program Associate. Play the clip.

Ask participants:

  • Kat Liu says, “Whether we see people as human or not depends on what we believe.” How does this connect with your experience?
  • How do our beliefs shape our ideas about whose reality and whose perspective is important?

Allow about eight minutes for reflection and writing.

Introduce the second clip by saying that the speakers are Sharon Welch, a professor at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and Rev. Rob Hardies, senior minister at All Souls Church, Washington, D.C. Show the clip.

Ask participants:

  • Sharon Welch talks about White people making a commitment to learning from mistakes, rather than feeling shame about being part of a system that privileges them. Reverend Hardies talks about resisting evil rather than hating it, because he recognizes that he is complicit in an evil system of power, dominance, and racism. What insights do they offer that are helpful to you?
  • What are you left to ponder about what they said?

Allow about eight minutes for reflection and writing.

Introduce the third clip by saying that Taquiena Boston is director of the UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Group. Play the clip.

Ask participants:

  • Taquiena Boston says that we must begin by being in relationship with people in our own neighborhoods and communities and learn to ask what being in relationship would look like to them. How could you begin to build such relationships?

Allow about eight minutes for reflection and writing.