The UUMA's online membership survey asked for your input on our mission and vision. Some 422 of us responded - roughly a quarter of our membership. Over the next several months, board and staff members will reflect briefly on on mission and the elements of our vision. This month we visit the UUMA's Vision regarding Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism: UUMA members are engaged in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism as
essential components of effective and excellent ministry. The UUMA is a leader in guiding Unitarian Universalism in the multicultural world in which we live and the communities in which we serve. This vision is manifest in UUMA collegial gatherings, continuing education, and governance.
UUMA Board of Trustees
January 15, 2014
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Are you looking for a way to serve your colleagues in the new year? Would you like to help build an online community for UU ministers? Do you like to share links to great resources for ministers and start generative conversations online with your colleagues? If so, consider becoming a UUMA Connect Community Leader!
Imagine this: One website where UUMA members can find resources to deepen and enhance all aspects of their ministry. One website where members can connect with their colleagues through forums, blogs, online discussion groups, and other opportunities to learn together.
We are looking for UUMA members who want to help make this a reality. We need people who can be curators for portions of the site: finding high quality resources that we can link to. If you are a person who likes to surf the web and find interesting items to share, consider using those skills to benefit your colleagues. And we need community builders, people who can generate conversation and discussion about ministry, through the forums and discussion groups. If that's you, please help us.
Please contact Allison Palm
if you have questions or want to explore whether this is a good fit for you or click here
to apply now(you need to be logged in).
Imagine a UUMA where Continuing Collaborative Learning is less limited by time, schedules, family responsibilities and financial resources. If you want to help make this vision a reality, apply today to be a UUMA Connect Community Leader!
| Beyond the Call Preaching & Worship Groups|
"BEYOND THE CALL" PREACHING & WORSHIP GROUPS EXTEND TO YOU!
Sign up until Jan 15th
Do you want to deepen and strengthen your abilities to live out your calling through preaching and the worship arts? Do you hunger for the opportunity to experiment with new approaches to preaching and worship with support and encouragement from group of colleagues? For the past year, 19 ministers have worked with 3 deans and an assortment of guest experts to deepen their understanding and practices of preaching and worship, in the "Beyond the Call" program. Starting in January, they will lead small discussion and practice groups which are open to all UUMA members. In these groups you will discuss 5 important topics of preaching and worship, over 10 meetings, alternating meetings between theory and practice. Groups will meet virtually, making them accessible to UUMA members in all geographic locations. Learn more and sign up for a group online: HERE
If you have questions, contact Jennifer Channin.
Did you extend your Membership to January 15?
If you have already renewed your membership - THANK YOU!!!
If you extended your membership to January 15 - please remember to renew before then so your membership does not expire. Need a little help with the process? Check out our new Renewal Tutorial.
If you are not sure if you have renewed or not log in to the UUMA website. If you have not yet renewed you will be prompted to do so. If you are able to access the pages - you are all set!
I was recently reviewing your responses to our 2013 member survey, especially those related to the UUMA's work on antiracism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism. In reading the written responses to the question of what we need to do better, I felt heartened, heart-opened and heart-sick. I was heartened by the many, many respondents who encouraged us to continue doing the work: "Keep it up." "Keep at it." "Keep offering the invitation." "Keep calling for the dialogue." "Please make more opportunities available." "We need this." Some of these respondents were not thrilled with our programming, but still recognized the value such programming holds for our association. To those who responded in this way, I say "thank you," and urge you to keep it up as well.
I felt heart-opened by the many respondents who called for a keener focus on class issues both within the UUMA and within the communities we serve. I also felt heart-opened by the many respondents who admitted the work of antiracism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism is difficult for them. And I felt heart-opened by the respondents who offered constructive reflections on the limits of the various programs available to our members. To those who responded in this way, I say "we hear you," and I am hopeful we can respond effectively to your concerns and suggestions.
I felt heart-sick at the undercurrent of bitterness some colleagues expressed. It's not that people criticized our work. We expect criticism, we value it. What made me feel heart-sick is what appears to be a sense of alienation from the work among some respondents. I detect at times a too-easy-willingness to find reasons not to engage: one bad experience from 15 years ago; a negative reaction to the prefix "anti;" the allegation that antiracism is a dogma; the fear of feeling shame and guilt; and any number of unchecked false assumptions. There are many reasons not to engage, but all of them could equally be opportunities for taking the work seriously. To those who responded with bitterness, I say "please don't disengage." Our vision matters. Nurturing antiracist, anti-oppressive ministers capable of providing excellent ministry in a multicultural world matters immensely. Of course, no single approach, no single program, no single model, no single workshop will meet everybody's needs. And we will surely make mistakes along the way. But we begin again in love, yes? To all those who feel disengaged, I offer this invitation: let us begin again in love. Let us leave old hurts behind and engage anew with each other in this profound and life-giving dimension of our ministry.
The Rev. Josh Pawelek UUMA Board Trustee-at-large
Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism
From the Staff . . .
My first experience as Program Coordinator of UUMA was to join the CENTER team in a 2-day intercultural competency training, led by Beth Zemsky. I didn't realize at the time how often the themes we explored during that training would be central to the continuing education programs I'd be helping coordinate. Or course, there is Who Are Our Neighbors?, the intercultural competency training that, by the end of this Spring, will have taken place in every single UUMA chapter and is about to be rolled out at regional gatherings. In the UUMA Member Survey, 69% of respondents assessed the quality of Who Are Our Neighbors? as "good" or "excellent." Also, the new Mentor Training program, whose first cohort is being trained this month in Atlanta, was planned in partnership with the UUA in part to address discrepancies in access to quality and meaningful mentoring experienced by ministers from historically marginalized communities. However, the UUMA's commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism isn't just manifest in programs that are about AR/AO/M issues, but should pervade every aspect of continuing education, from program design, to recruitment of leaders and participants, to program evaluation. I hope that, going forward, if you have ideas to help our continuing education programs live up to this vision, you will share them with me and the CENTER team so that we can continue to grow into the "leader in guiding Unitarian Universalism in the multicultural world" that we strive to be.
In my time with the UUMA I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of ARAOM trainings offered through both the UUMA and UUA. Upon reflection I find my experiences closely reflect the results of our member survey. Overall I have found the experiences rich and transformation while I simultaneously struggle with the question of "what's next?" For both of these reasons I am proud and pleased that the UUMA holds ARAOM as key to its vision.
The final sentence of the vision statement: "This vision is manifest in UUMA collegial gatherings, continuing education, and governance" is what I hold close in my daily office work. Whether planning for events, dealing with membership dues, or answering the phone we strive to lead with the heart and listen to the needs of each member. We attempt to build structures and make plans to create an atmosphere where all will find success and comfort. Of course we are always growing. If you have had an experience of feeling 'other' or if you have an idea that might make the office a more welcoming place I would welcome your call or email.
With wishes for a joyous day,
Director of Administration
Is the UUMA doing a good job at achieving its Vision regarding AntiRacism, AntiOpression, and Multiculturalism?
Almost half of you agree that the UUMA is doing a good job achieving this vision statement (50% of respondents agreed or agreed strongly; 11% disagreed, the others were neither in agreement nor disagreement). You were in stronger agreement that this vision is important to nurturing excellence in Ministry (81%, with 4% disagreeing).
150 respondents gave us specific feedback to the question "What do we need to do better to realize this vision?" The responses are very diverse and summarized well above by Josh Pawelek, the Board Trustee charged with AntiRacism, AntiOpression, and Multicultural Concerns.
Below is a glimpse into the programs/events/organizations that 228 of the respondents have attending in the last three years. When asked to assess the quality of the programs, most were rated as good or excellent.
|Who Are Our Neighbors?||50.9% (116)|
|Finding Our Way Home||5.7% (13)|
|Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) Conference||12.7% (29)|
|TRUUsT (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together)||2.2% (5)|
|DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Univeralist Multicultural Ministries)||6.1% (14)|
|Mosaic Makers Conference||1.8% (4)|
|Building the World We Dream About||18.4% (42)|
|Jubilee Anti-Racism Training||10.5% (24)|
|UUA Training (JUUST Change, UU Living Legacy Pilgrimage, Examining Whiteness)||25.4% (58)|
|New Right Relationships Groups at 2013 Institute||5.3% (12)|
|Outside Program/Class||59.2% (135)|
2015 Institute For Excellence In Ministry
Rev. Jacqui Lewis, the Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, is one of the 9 fantastic presenters who will lead seminars at the 2015 Institute for Excellence in Ministry at Asilomar, California. Her workshop is called "Love. Period: Reconciling Our Way to Justice, Hope, and the Beloved Community." Participants will learn to plan worship and programming that grows congregations into vital manifestations of the beloved community.
Watch Rev. Lewis speak about diverse religious community in this video
Registration Open Now!
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Community Ministry Sunday - Feb 2, 2014
Community Ministry Sunday is an official date on our UUA calendar for the first Sunday in Feb. of each year - this coming year falling on Feb 2.
The date was chosen to honor The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the "Immortal Chaplains," who were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The four men were relatively new chaplains who all held the rank of first lieutenant. They included Methodist minister the Reverend George L. Fox, Reform-Rabbi Alexander D. Goode (Ph.D), Roman Catholic priest the Reverend John P. Washington, and Reformed Church in America minister the Reverend Clark V. Poling.
The Four Chaplains are emblematic of the reality, lifted up by our own President Peter Morales in Congregations and Beyond, that so much of the work for and witnessing to the values of our faith is done out in the world, often in interfaith contexts, both by ordained clergy and by committed lay leaders serving in a variety of capacities. Community ministries of both pastoral and prophetic kinds make real in the larger world the commitment of all Unitarian Universalists to the shared mission of this faith: to do all we can to contribute to the creation of the "tipping point" whereby the values we affirm in our UUA Seven Principles may lead us to a just, healed, and transformed world.
Please consider creating a worship service, ideally for Feb. 2, but certainly not restricted to that date, which lifts up the work of community ministry as it is known and for the potentials to be explored in the life of your congregation and our larger movement.
- Rev. Cat Cox
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