From the UUMA Boardblock2
We, the Board and staff of the UUMA, write to express our firm commitment to working against the forces of racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism and other forms of oppression which are degrading our collegial life and our faith. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Commission on Institutional Change recently issued a report lifting up the reality that religious professionals of color continue to experience disparate treatment by Unitarian Universalist employers, including removal from their congregational positions (read report here). This must change.

As we work toward change, we recognize that conflict will be inevitable. The question we are sitting with is this: How can we navigate our conflicts in a covenantal way? We are working to live our way into answers through several efforts.

We are collaborating with the UUA on a Multi-Minister Task Force. We recognize that the potential for conflict can be greater and even more difficult in multi-minister staff teams. We also recognize that differences in power can undermine the health of multi-minister teams and that such dynamics have been a factor in a number of multi-minister team endings in recent years.

The Multi-Minister task force has been working for the last six months to understand the issues that affect these teams, and what support is needed for them to be healthy and successful. The task force is conducting read more...

reflectionFrom the UUMA Intern
When I was younger, I grew up with this notion that if I were to stepin another house of worship other than a mosque that I would get struck down by lightning. It wasn't necessarily something that my Muslim parents taughtme, but it was an understanding that I had formed growing up around friends with different understandings of Islam. However, when I turned thirteen, I experienced a paradigm shift when it came to this idea.

My grandfather died in Pakistan when I was thirteen, and my mother couldn't afford to take all of us to Pakistan for his funeral. My parents and my youngest brother were the only ones who were able to attend and I was left with my mom's Hindu best friend, Mina auntie who had two daughters. My other younger brother was left with an uncle who had three sons. I spent two weeks with Mina Auntie, and it was the best time, because I loved hanging out with her daughters Natasha and Kavita. I also loved not being the only girl in the house.

The time I spent with Mina auntie happened to fall on a Hindu celebration, which required the family to go to the nearby temple. Growing up in a Pakistani family, you're taught to do what your parents say and what your aunties say, whether they're friends of the family or actual family. So, I didn't express my fear at being taken to a temple. I remember being a little distraught going into the temple. I walked in timidly, thinking "oh crap," I'm going to be struck down by lightning any minute now. But, to my surprise, nothing happened! I kept taking peeks at the ceiling and also read more...
block3Upcoming Deadlines
 
Proposals for Collegial Conversations at Ministry Days are due to Melissa Carvill Ziemer by March 31, 2018executive@uuma.org
 
Applications for the Dedicated Good Officer Corp are due by April 4, 2018. For more information and to apply, go to Dedicated Good Officer Corps.
 
The deadline to apply for scholarships for Ministry Days 2018 is April 9, 2018. Apply here.
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