Commission on Institutional Change at General Assembly 2019

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This year the Commission on Institutional Change has been engaged in shaping and framing General Assembly 2019, “The Power of We.” You are invited to join the Commission's various activities and panels at General Assembly 2019 to learn about its work and to share in it.

Commission Programming


Tuesday, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore of the Commission on Institutional Change will be on hand at Ministry Days to host a Collegial Conversation about how leading to create a community that is inclusive, equitable and diverse is challenging, requires quick wits and new strategies. Come and engage in conversation with members of the Commission on Institutional Change about the "bright spots" and effective strategies being explored. A brief update on the Commission's work will also be provided. Ministry Days and LREDA Professional Days Participants may join in the conversation.


Friday, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Convention Center Hall BC

How does “The Power of We” deepen our faith as a source of liberation and transformation for all? Together we will build a common vocabulary, share perspectives on institutional and cultural barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion and share our stories as part of the Commission on Institutional Change’s work.

Rev. Leslie Takahashi Cir L’Bert, JR. Mary Byron Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore


Saturday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Convention Center 111C

This workshop seeks to reflect on the liberatory potential of Unitarian Universalist theologies. It will consider how the findings of the Commission on Institutional Change can inform our commitment to theological perspectives that resist white supremacy culture, that hold us accountable to the ways we have harm each other, and points to practices of hope.

Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt Rev. Leslie Takahashi Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte

Share Your Stories with the Commission

Stories and Testimonials about Racism

The Commission continues to gather personal accounts and stories about how racism has affected individuals and groups within Unitarian Universalism at the personal, institutional, or systemic levels. We seek to document incidents that occurred between individual Unitarian Universalists, within a congregational or Associational setting, or as a result of white-centeredness embedded within the greater Unitarian Universalist culture. To sign up for a focus group conducted by the Commission’s external racism auditor VISIONS, Inc. completer our online form.

Office Hours

If you have questions about the work of the Commission or need a little more information on the upcoming Theme Program & Conversations I: Redeeming the Promise of Our Faith, we invite you to stop by the DRUUMM Booth in the exhibit hall to speak with a Commissioner Friday between 1 and 7 PM, or Saturday between 3 and 4:30 PM.

General Assembly 2019 Online

From GA Presentations

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. General Assembly 2019 (June 19-23) took place in Spokane, Washington. Video and Transcripts from...

Spokane 2019