Dismantling Racism Program
ERUUF has been actively concerned about racial justice from its very inception. This program is designed to support and deepen our ongoing commitment to racial equity. Systemic racism is deeply embedded in our society, and each and every one of us is impacted by the depth and destructiveness of racism. But without taking time to learn together, we may not be fully aware of its pervasive effects. Just like fish that are unaware of the water in which they swim, and despite our best intentions, we are hindered by the system of racism from being able to fully live from our core values as individuals and as a community.
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.
Who is planning the Dismantling Racism program?
As part of dRWorks process, we created a Change Team of seven committed people (plus Rev. Cayer). The team's role is to help with goal setting, planning, logistics, identifying other leaders, and moving the process forward. Current Change Team members are: Elizabeth Ault, Diane Blount, Linda Brooks, Dan Grandstaff, P. Quick Hall, David Huber, Bonnie LaCroix, and Lillie Searles. Jaqueline Brett and Rev. Deborah Cayer are staff partners.
Why did we choose to partner with dRWorks?
We were familiar with dRWorks because several members and our Lead Minister had attended one of their workshops. They are very experienced in helping groups and organizations grasp the reality of racism at a deep level. But what was especially important is that they not only help people understand racism, but they help them take action to put their values into practice.