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  • Working Effectively Across Generations Towards an Anti-Oppressive Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith

    Follow along with this five-part conversation between Commission on Institutional Change Commissioner Mary Byron and Former Commissioner Caitlin Breedlove, as they discuss the subject of intergenerational movement ministry. Following each clip reflect of the questions presented...
    10/8/2019
  • Why INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE?

    In a previous blog post, my colleague Cir L’Bert Jr. wrote about the way that lack of common framework upon which to continue our conversations about race and oppression and difference in our world and within our own endeavors hinders our faith movement.
    9/26/2019
  • Deepening Spiritually: Reflecting on “In This Delicate Turning” General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship

    The UUA Commission on Institutional Change seeks to promote on-going conversation which engages our Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities in movement towards the Beloved Community. Engage with the General Assembly 2019 Sunday Morning Worship, by reflecting on...
    9/12/2019
  • As We Enter Our Last Year: Last Call to Share Your Experience with the Commission

    Over the last two years, the Commission on Institutional Change has held an open call for personal stories and testimonies. As we enter the last year of the commission's work, we submit one last call for submissions of stories, documents, and requests for interviews, through the...
    8/26/2019
  • Truth, Trauma and Change in Our UU Communities

    Each June, the Ministerial Conference at Berry Street selects an essayist to discuss a topic of relevance to ministry. This year’s essayist, Rev. Leslie Takahashi, spoke about “Truth, Trauma and Transformation.” Leslie is part of the Commission on Institutional Change and though...
    8/13/2019
  • Commission on Institutional Change General Assembly 2019 Report

    We want to take a little time and offer an update on our work, especially our work since we reported to this Assembly last year. The Commission on Institutional Change was charged with identifying the long-term cultural and institutional change needed to redeem the essential...
    7/9/2019
  • The Commission on Institutional Change has Arrived at General Assembly 2019, Join Us in "The Power of We"

    It has arrived, the week of General Assembly 2019! The Commission on Institutional Change invites you to learn about its work and to share in it at GA 2019. For a full list of the Commission’s programming check out this blog post: https://tinyurl.com/CoIC-GA2019 .
    6/17/2019
  • Commission on Institutional Change at General Assembly 2019

    Learn more about the Commission on Institutional Change's schedule at the UUA 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, WA.
    5/31/2019
  • A Note on Definitions

    The work of the Commission on Institutional Change indicates that there will probably be no consensus on language and yet a lack of consensus should not get in the way of continued conversation and action. ~ Reflections by Commissioner Cir L L’Bert Jr.
    By Commission on Institutional Change | 5/28/2019
  • The Joy in the Spiritual Work

    Keeping quiet, doing nothing isn’t an option for me in a faith that proclaims that we respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people. ~ Reflections by Commissioner Mary Byron
    By Commission on Institutional Change, Mary Byron | 5/2/2019
  • Informal Structures Privilege Those in Power

    In our work as the Commission on Institutional Change, we have found that an area in need of analysis is that of over-reliance on informal structures to carry out governance work whether at the local, regional, or denominational level. Informal structures rely on social...
    4/25/2019
  • Seeking Truths for Transformation

    The Commission on Institutional Change requests personal accounts and stories about how racism has affected individuals and groups within Unitarian Universalism. Join in the conversation with an individual interview or focus group at calendly.com/mfogliano
    By Commission on Institutional Change | 4/22/2019
  • Working Effectively Across Generations Towards an Anti-Oppressive Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith - Part 1

    Follow along with this four-part conversation between Commissioner Mary Byron and Former Commissioner Caitlin Breedlove of the Commission on Institutional Change, on the subject of intergenerational movement ministry. Following each clip reflect of the questions presented by the...
    3/29/2019
  • Nominating Committees as Agents of Institutional Change

    In the effort to bring about the Beloved Community, we often err on the side of the individual as the primary agent of change over and against systemic change. Motivated by the belief that if we, as individuals, are not racist, sexist, ableist, and are willing to recognize the...
    3/22/2019
  • How Do We Respond to Systemic Oppression

    The Commission on Institutional Change affirms, prioritizes, and wish to amplify the analysis of the specifics dynamics to those leaders and community members most directly impacted by these dynamics as that is a principle of accountability which we honor, the violation of which...
    3/13/2019
  • We Lack a Common Vocabulary and Understanding about Race and Oppression Among Us

    The Commission on Institutional Change urges us to create a common vocabulary that will provide us with a dynamic language through which we communicate our deepest hopes for the future of our faith.
    By Commission on Institutional Change | 3/1/2019
  • How We are Together is How We Grow: Analyzing How We Covenant

    When relationships break down, covenants are most likely to be violated—and this is the time when they are most important. The Commission on Institutional Change looks at covenantal relationships in our institutions.
    1/18/2019
  • Progress is Possible: A Status Update from the UUA to the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC)

    This memo to Commission on Institutional Change (COIC), highlights how the UUA is responding to COIC recommendations and taking them into account as part of UUA strategic planning and mission alignment.
    1/4/2019
  • Centering Theology: Conversation about Faith, Race and Liberation

    Building up towards the General Assembly 2018, the members of the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) decided that as a faith community, we should be centering theology and faith work as we moved into a deeper engagement with the charge received from the Board of Trustees...
    By Commission on Institutional Change | 12/4/2018
  • Calling In: Data Collection on Basic Demographic Information of Religious Professionals is Lacking

    The Commission on Institutional Change provides its learnings and recommendations surrounding the Association's track of data on the credentialing and career trajectories of religious professionals of color.
    By Commission on Institutional Change | 11/12/2018

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