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Multicultural Team

The Multicultural Team’s (MCT) role is to envision, research, assess, plan, and lead multicultural, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive programs and trainings at ERUUF. Along with the ministers, staff, and other lay leaders, we hold the vision of Beloved Community for ERUUF and seek to deepen the understanding and reality of our becoming a radically inclusive community. We believe that individual and institutional awareness about racial equity is important for us to be effective in engaging with the larger community outside of ERUUF. 

The MCT currently has action groups which plan and carry out initiatives in each of the following areas:

Dismantling Racism Workshops -the Change Team helps organize and coordinate at least two workshops facilitated by the nonprofit group DR Works annually

White Allies for Racial Equality - a second iteration of this UUA program is currently  in the planning stages

Outreach to Community -the HBCU initiative currently meeting and conducting programs at NC Central University is making students and faculty at the historically Black college aware of UU values and principals

Adult RE initiatives

  • First Sunday Conversations holds discussions of current events/topics of interest to members on the first Sunday of each month
  • Wednesday Connections Classes conducted each session
  • film /video discussion series in the summer and fall.

Religious Education Initiative  –workshops on equity and racial inclusion for teachers and parents

Membership Initiatives - annual training for greeters and visitor hosts

Life at ERUUF Initiatives - workshops on equity and racial inclusion for the Companions Network

Beloved Conversations - participants in the original workshop*, which addressed racism, meet monthly with others who wish to continue deeper conversations about diversity and multicultural issues.

*Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum, developed by Mark Hicks and offered over eight 2-hour sessions, that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing.

For more information, please contact the MCT

What is the mission/vision of the MCT?

The MCT seeks three things: Radical Inclusion, Courageous Compassion, and Beloved Community.

What has the MCT done in the PAST?

In its 3+ year existence, the MCT has:many hands

  • Assisted in the development of  ERUUF's strategic plan
  • Held “Welcome Table: conversations in the Fellowship Hall on race and multiculturalism
  • Held "Beloved Community Conversations" during Wednesday Connections
  • Hosted a visit to the Greensboro Civil rights Museum and discussion afterward
  • Led the “Beloved Conversations” intensive program at ERUUF
  • Supported an Intercultural Developmental Inventory process for leaders & staff
  • Helped launch a “White Allies for Racial Equity” group
  • Sponsored a film/ discussion series on racial themes
  • Supported ERUUF in hosting Southeast District Mosaic Conference for Multicultural congregations in 2014

What are the MCT's current/future plans?

  • 2014 -2015  White Allies for Racial Equity (WARE) will sponsor “Witnessing Whiteness” series
  • 2014 -2015  Hold “Multicultural Conversations” the first Sunday of each month to foster greater interracial understanding
  • 2014 -2015  Offer multicultural awareness trainings for leaders and teachers
  • 2015 -2016  Intensive trainings for larger numbers of ERUUFians to understand racism and foster racial equity (“Dismantling Racism”)
  • 2014 -2015  Support multicultural themes in worship and also film/discussion series
  • 2015 -2016  Provide training and facilitate UU outreach to North Carolina Central University and other HBCUs

How can I get involved in the MCT?

All ERUUFians are welcome to join in any of our activities. If you are interested in participating in or helping with planning and developing programs, please contact  or talk to any member of the team about getting more involved. 

Who are the members of the MCT?

Current team members are: Diane Blount and David Huber (co-facilitators), Rev. Deb Cayer (staff liaison), , Chris Cayer, Becky Ceartas, Steve Franklin, Dan Grandstaff, P. Quick Hall, Maria Ines Robayo, Amassa Fauntleroy , Bonnie LaCroix, Jennifer Richards and Elaine Bauman.

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