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I’m exactly half-way through my term on the UUMA board. So far, it’s been a deeply rewarding experience. I say this not only because of the opportunity to work with and learn from a dedicated, talented and supportive group of colleagues; and not only because of the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of policy governance in a healthy governance system. I say this because I have had the opportunity to play an integral role in imagining and implementing the best possible future for Unitarian Universalist ministers. I knew I would have this opportunity when I started serving on the board. I guess I didn’t realize how deeply meaningful it would be.

 

As the board member with the portfolio for Antiracism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism and as the Chairperson of the UUMA Committee for Antiracism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism (CARM), I’m looking forward to a number of specific projects in 2015. First, CARM is currently reviewing chapter submissions for a book project, tentatively entitled The Visible and Invisible in Ministry. This book will explore the experiences of ministers of color who serve in culturally white institutions (congregations, hospitals, universities, social service agencies, etc.) and identify specific skills needed to thrive in these institutions. Chapters will be presented prior to publication at a conference in the fall of 2015. 


Second, CARM and the Board are at the beginning stages of organizing a series of national video conferences called “Ministry After Ferguson.” Starting with dialogue among African American colleagues, and then branching out to other colleagues of color and white colleagues, we hope to support and inspire all colleagues to minister boldly and effectively as participants in the newly catalyzed United States racial justice movement.


Third, the UUMA Board will be holding its March meeting in Birmingham, AL, so that members can participate in observances of the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches. The board will also spend a day engaged in intercultural organizational development under the guidance of Beth Zemsky of One Ummah Consulting.


For these reasons and more, I’m excited for my next 18 months of board service. I hope and trust they will be as fulfilling as the first 18 months, and I have no reason to think they won’t be. It has indeed been a deeply rewarding experience. 

 

Josh Pawelek

Trustee At Large - ARAOM

 

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