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Workshop: Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalists have made deep spiritual commitments to dismantling white supremacy and embodying racial justice. Yet it can be very hard to put these commitments into practice within our congregations. What keeps us from nurturing and empowering leaders who can move our congregation toward bold and prophetic ministry?

About the Workshop:

We will explore the connection between nurturing leaders, cultivating deep trust, and building racially just communities. Using appreciative inquiry, small group discussion, interactive exercises, and case study scenarios, UU leaders will develop tools for anti-racist organizational change that builds widespread buy-in among people at varying stages of racial identity development, spiritual growth, and political analysis.

Covenant: Radical Practices to Upend the Status Quo
When Do We Follow?
Whom Do We Trust?
Where Do We Come From? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?
Choosing Change: Interventions for Building Racially Just Congregational Culture

Who this Workshop is for: Participants should have a basic understanding of institutional and systemic racism, and a commitment to deeply engaging in shared work to dismantle white supremacy culture within, among, and beyond our congregations. This workshop is not for those who question whether white supremacy/racism exists, or who question whether it is important to eradicate white supremacy/racism from our spiritual community.

Workshop Leaders: Julica Hermann de la Fuente & the Rev. Ashley Horan

Julica Hermann de la Fuente coordinated the racism audit for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Commission on Institutional Change, and offers consulting and coaching on anti-racism to UU religious professionals and lay leaders. She was born and bred in Mexico, and often finds herself living on the bridges between multiple identities: bicultural, bisexual, bilingual. Julica also is a candidate for UU ministry.

The Rev. Ashley Horan is executive director of the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA). She is a lifelong UU with a passion for social justice. She has done work for reproductive, racial, economic and sexual/gender justice, and other issues, including local and national work with Resource Generation, organizing young people with wealth and class privilege to become transformative leaders working toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.

Registration is required and spaces are limited; to express interest in registration, please contact Rev. Suzelle Lynch