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Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Weekly News and Reflections

February 7, 2020

Julica Hermann de la Fuente, UUMA Intern with her daughters Aliana and Sofia

Focusing on Joy

 

In my learning/service agreement for this internship, I identified two different questions that I wanted to engage:

 

1. How does an institution move toward better anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and practices in a way that engages folks with different levels of comfort and willingness to change?

 

2. What do I need to do to make my institutional ministry of anti-racism sustainable in the long haul?

 

I have been learning much in both areas. Today I want to address the second, and I hope that my learning speaks to the many ways that you minister as well, beloved colleagues.

 

I’ve been learning that anti-racism work is easier (to the extent that it ever is) when I have a full reservoir of energy. When I am rested, when I have deliberately taken time off from internship work to craft or decorate a cake, then I come to my ministry more joyfully, more willingly, more optimistic. I have been learning how important it is for me to be rigorous about this time off, and what a high price I pay when I don’t.

 

Not only do I need to be attentive to when I’m on and off shift for the resistance, I also need to recognize when the work I am doing cuts too close to the bone, is too personally difficult. Last year I spent some time at the border, and now I know that my own immigrant status means that it’s best for me not to do work that activates my own fears. My anti-racism work is more effective when I can stay self-differentiated, and my work is to notice when I am doing that versus when I have been hooked--when I’m activated and not functioning at my best.

 

As I deepen these and other learnings, I pray for all of us:

 

Queridisima Diosa, Beloved Goddess:

Please be with us and remind us that we sit in your lap, always.

Lift the too muchness of these times from our shoulders, Diosa, and help us know that what we do is enough, is good, is needed.

Help us connect to the things that give us joy and build our resilience.

Stop the harm. Help us live the Beloved Community now, among each other,

and in our ministries.

Bless us with daily beauty, with small miracles and opportunities for delight, that we may be strengthened and continue to do your good work in the world.

Please and thank you.

Bendita Seas. Amen.

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Conversations with EqUUal Access

 

is in the process of reviewing its progress, accomplishments, and challenges over the last decade and how to plan for the future. We would like many to be part of this work. EqUUal Access is reserving time and space to be in conversation with members of the UUMA. We encourage you to join this important conversation.

 

The review and planning effort is supported by the UU Program Fund and the Unitarian Universalist Association. EqUUal Access will be meeting in Boston in April to make some decisions about their future.

 

For more information about these conversations and to register click on the dates below.

 

Opportunities for Connection

 

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