Commission on Institutional Change Collaboratory October 2018
About the Commission on Institutional Change
About the Commission on Institutional Change
UUA Governance & Management, UUA Committees

Introductory Message from the Commission on Institutional Change

Introductory Message from the Commission on Institutional Change

At the New Orleans General Assembly in 2017, the Commission on Institutional was announced, given a charge by the UUA Board of Trustees to conduct an audit of white privilege and the structure of power within Unitarian Universalism, an analyze structural racism and white supremacy within the UUA. The members of the Commission have agreed on the following approach to its work. Former tri-president Rev. Sofia Bentancourt in charging the Commission instructed its member to work in a way which will be sustainable. Thus, the Commissioners have agreed to engage in this work together, and ask you to join us with the following common understanding.

  • We are a volunteer commission with primary duties outside this work.
  • We intend to do and model this work in a way that is sustainable for us.
  • We will be issuing regular communications and we ask you to pay attention.
  • We will be seeking stories and accounts to inform our work, please monitor our web page and our website and other social media.
  • In communicating with us, we ask that you use our group email which is commission [at] uua [dot] org.

Commission Members

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Chair

Lead Minister at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA,  Co-author, with Chip Roush and Leon Spencer, of The Arc of The Universe is Long: Anti-racism and the Unitarian Universalist Association (Skinner House 2008) and a contributor to a number of collections including Voices From the MarginCentering (Skinner House); and Lifting Our Voices and the Worship Web collections.

Cir L'Bert Jr

Cir L'Bert Jr.

Board Member and Racial Justice Task Force Co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron. 

Mary Byron

Mary Byron

Member of the UUA Audit Committee; former executive with Goldman Sachs, serves on the Audit Committee for the UUA.

Elias Ortega Aponte

Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte

Associate Professor of Sociology and Religious Ethics at Drew University, and member of the UUA Religious Educator Credentialing Committee, author of Democratic Futures in the Shadow of Mass-Incarceration: Towards a Political Theology of Prison Abolition, in Catherine Keller, Melanie Johnson-Debaufre, and Elias Ortega-Aponte (eds.), and Common Goods: Economy, Ecology, Political Theology (Fordham University Press, 2015). 

Rev. Natalie Fenimore lights the chalice.

Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY; former president of the Liberal Religious Educators Association and former vice president of the Star King School for the Ministry Board of Trustees.




Former Members of the Commission

  • ​Caitlin Breedlove 2017-2018
  • DeReau K. Farrar 2017-2018 

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