- Last Updated on November 8, 2017
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:
People of Color Group (POC) - A discussion, support and study group that meets on the 3rd Sunday each month in Room 3. We hope you'll join us if you identify as African American, Asian, Arab, Latina/o, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or multiracial.
White Awareness Group (WAG) - This group is dedicated to creating a compassionate and supportive environment for white people at ERUUF to continue the work of dismantling racism. We will focus on examining our own conditioning and behavior, wrestling with our own internalized supremacy, and building supportive relationships. We strive to become whole, to deepen our spiritual sense of self, and to support each other on the road to healing. Meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:15-2:45pm in room 4/5 of the CARE Building. All are welcome. WAG is sibling to the People of Color (POC) group.
Becoming the Change, a new ERUUF Group beginning November 27, 2017. Details and sign up here.
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:
- 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, Bonnie LaCroix, Jennifer Richards and Elaine Bauman.
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