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  • By Jeanne A Kerl on behalf of Unitarian Church of Evanston, Evanston, IL
    The board and congregants are currently reading, discussing and reflecting the report.
  • By board on behalf of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
    As recommended in the Study/Action guide, the Board is laying the foundation to educate the congregation and bring them into the process to ensure that there is sufficient buy-in to proceed with convening a dedicated group/task-force.
  • By uumsb1 on behalf of UU Meeting of South Berkshire, Housatonic, MA with Multicultural BRIDGE, Lee, MA
    Once/month workshops from December 2020 - January 2022. Two sessions for setting foundations, and then making our way through the given curriculum from the UUA. Facilitators are a professional anti-racism trainer/organizer and a lay SEED trainer from the congregation, with minister assisting in each session. Begins…
  • By cspring2 on behalf of Starr King UU Fellowship, Plymouth, NH
    We read a chapter, then meet once a month to talk about it. After the first chapter we encouraged the Board to write an article about our new (young, dynamic!) DRE for the local newspaper. After the second chapter we co-led a "bystander intervention" discussion with our BLM Task Force. Next time we…
  • By joyyesheart on behalf of UU Meeting of South Berkshire, Housatonic, MA with BRIDGE
    Meeting monthly for 90 minutes from Dec 2020 - January 2022
    December 13, 2020 - January 9, 2022
  • By Rev. Charlotte Lehmann on behalf of Bull Run UUs, Manassas, VA
    We read and discussed the COIC report Widening the Circle of Concern as an Adult Learning Enrichment program this fall.
    September 8, 2020 - December 22, 2020
  • By Rev. Colleen Vahey on behalf of Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    We are engaging in monthly study and discussion of Widening the Circle, noting recommendations for continued action.
  • By Jonalu Johnstone on behalf of UU Fellowship of Manhattan, Manhattan, KS
    We are taking the year to go through "Widening the Circle" chapter by chapter, noting the actions we could take. We will review the actions when we complete the study, share recommendations with the Board and congregation, and move forward. The congregation did affirm Black Lives Matter by vote earlier this fall, and…
  • By minister_1 on behalf of UU Church of Berkeley, Kensington, CA
    We have a group going in-depth through Widening the Circle of Concern report, as a formal task force of the board. We will be providing a compilation of suggestions and action items for the congregation as a result, and will be engaging with an institutional anti-racism audit as well.
  • By Ms. Diane Fuller Brown, M… on behalf of The UU Congregation of Santa Fe NM, Santa Fe, NM
    Four UUSF members are meeting regularly via Zoom to go over the Recommendations and Actions in the Report from the Commission on Institutional Change, with the knowledge and consent of our minister and board chair. We were inspired to do so after GA and a Sunday Service about Widening the Circle. We hope to bring our…
  • By lrrussell55 on behalf of Mt. Diablo UU Church, Walnut Creek, CA
    Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church , Walnut Creek, CA, has committed to a two year (minimum) process to study the recommendations and to implement actions as congregation-approved Board goal. Incorporating accountability, our Board meetings include updates on the process of this goal, Board liaisons are…
  • By Audette Fulbright, Minister on behalf of The Unitarian Church of All Souls NYC, New York, NY
    We are working on a variety of actions: Board leadership & change, conversation & learning circles (an all-ages approach), direct anti-racism work in the community (such as housing/educational disparities) and climate work with a focus on the intersection of environmental racism. We will have more details, and…
  • By drewfridley7 on behalf of First UU Church of Richmond VA, Richmond, VA
  • By Diane Kirksey on behalf of Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA
    Working through the study guide over the coming weeks and months.
  • By Dr. Cynthia Lee Patterson… on behalf of UU Church of Saint Petersburg, St Petersburg, FL
    Our settled minister, the Rev. Jack Donovan, led a six-week, twice daily (10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) virtual study group of Widening the Circle. Several members of that discussion group are now planning to continue these efforts by forming an ADORE group at UU St. Pete to continue discussing diversity, equity, and…
  • By Prof. Ida Mae Jones on behalf of UU Church of Fresno, Fresno, CA
    As a Board we have decided to read the report in sub-groups. We will then discuss sections each week and plan to finish by January 2021 so that we can incorporate any recommendations into any planning and budgeting for the upcoming budget year (July 2021-June 2022)
    October 28, 2020 - January 20, 2021
  • By Rev. Claudia A Ramisch, DMin on behalf of UU Congregation of Owensboro, Owensboro, KY
    We are doing a four-week adult formation series--Mondays, 26 Oct-16 Nov 2020--@ lunch time. Brown bag and scintillating conversation on Zoom!
  • By Tanya Webster, DRE on behalf of UUs of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
    The Board has reviewed and provided priorities to look at first, and a working group is helping coordinate bringing our existing activities and structures into better forms under these guidelines. We are grateful for this work.
  • By Dr. Nancy Michael M UUFF on behalf of UU Fellowship of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA
    The Board of Trustees, congregational staff and council of committees are all studying the report separately as part of their regular meetings. At some future date we will be having a joint meeting to discuss actions within the congregation and our region. We are also using the report in connection with Breathe as our…
  • By Bev Reusser on behalf of Bull Run UUs, Manassas, VA with Adult Life Enrichment
    Discussion of the report, 8 sessions over three months.

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