The Change Team is a strategy team that creates and implements tools for Racial Equity and Inclusion Change at ERUUF. The strategies are created as a result of feedback from the congregation and from members of the Change Team. The Team discerns ways for ERUUF to keep moving forward with actions that further its commitment to the cause of dismantling racism and proposes the following overarching goal or objective:
“To create a culture where racial equity and inclusion are the norm by making the learning and practice of racial equity and inclusion integral to ERUUF’s policies, programs and interactions. This will be evident both within ERUUF and in relationships between ERUUF members and the larger community of which we are a part, as we engage individually and collectively.”
The Spiritual Foundation: We engage this crucial work of creating a community of racial equity and inclusion as Unitarian Universalists, within the sacred space of our covenantal faith. At the heart of our tradition are questions about who we are, whose we are, and how we intend to be together with one another, our neighbors, and the larger world. Living these questions together in community is our spiritual journey, a primary way that we grow in spirit and transform our lives.
We have identified eight “Ends” or “Indicators of goal attainment.” These ends are based on desired outcomes proposed from Dismantling Racism workshop groups and our meetings with Tema Okun and Michelle Johnson, the DR leaders. We have also suggested some possible specific actions or “Means” to those Ends, along with areas within ERUUF’s program and ministry teams where these might fit. The eight “Ends” and possible actions can be found here.
We have been using the Theory of Change process to identify key priorities and action steps for achieving the Outcomes that contribute to becoming a Beloved Community. This is part of our collaboration with the Board, Ministers, Leaders, and Teams. We will be involving the congregation more broadly in this process over the coming year.
We are encouraging ERUUF’s ministry teams (committees, Councils, and the like) to consider how they might include racial equity and inclusion goals for their ministry area as part of their annual and ongoing planning process. We are developing a workshop for leaders and their teams to look at everything they do in a way that includes a Racial Equity and Inclusion lens. We hope that you will be able to contribute ideas and possible action steps for any groups you are part of. Members of the Change Team are also available to consult with groups and teams about ways to take more of a Racial Equity view.
The Change Team began as the steering team for the two-day Dismantling Racism workshops in which about 180 ERUUFians participated in 2016-2018. We have been adapting the workshops to a series of shorter half-day format co-led by our own leaders to make them more accessible to even more ERUUFians.We work in close collaboration with the Multicultural Team which offers many shorter-term programs and discussions. In all of this we want your ideas and suggestions, as well as your involvement. If you have specific suggestions or questions, email us or speak to any member of the Change Team about your ideas. Watch the weekly ERUUF E-News for announcements of specific programs and workshops.
Change Team Members: Diane Blount, Dan Grandstaff (co-leaders), Elizabeth Ault, David Huber, and Lillie Searles. Staff partners: Rev. Deborah Cayer and Rev. Jacqueline Brett
- Contact Person: Diane Blount and Dan Grandstaff
- Role: Co-chairs
- Staff Partner: Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister, Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Minister of Congregational Engagement