ARAOMC Committee 2017-2018 Goals

The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural Committee gathered for its annual retreat on September 20, 2017. We centered the meeting on Rev. Rachel’s question about what we would like to have in place by the end of this church year. After much discussion we came to consensus agreeing to focus on three areas.

One of the Board of Trustees goals for this church year is to encourage and lead antiracism work within the church. They have asked the ARAOMC Committee to work with and guide them so they can gain a better understanding of what institutional antiracism transformation is,
and how they can support that work at People’s Church. Our first goal is to work closely with them to collaboratively reach this goal.

Our second focus area is to hold several congregation-wide meetings in which we create courageous space to hold conversations about racism, privilege and oppression. We committed to helping more people in the congregation gain a better understanding of their own racial identity development and how institutional and systemic racism applies to People’s Church.

And the ARAOMC Committee will continue to do internal committee work. We will continue to develop our own understanding and strategy for transforming People’s Church into an antiracist organization. We agreed to begin working with Allies for Racial Equity (ARE), a white UU group that is committed to “Building an anti-racist movement among white Unitarian Universalists in ways that are accountable to communities of color.” This group works in association with people of color in the UUA. We also will explore beginning a relationship with a people of color led UU antiracism consulting group in MI to support the antiracist development of congregational/spiritual life. And we will continue our collaboration with the local antiracism organizing consultants at ERACCE.

If you are interested in learning more, you can attend one or more of the committee’s church events and talk with any of the members of the ARAOMC Committee. Events are to be announced. The members include: Lynwood Bartley, Cary Betz-Williams, Nadine Godin-Nassaney, Carolyn Heineman, Missy Howse-Kurtz, Aliisa Lahti, Jeanne Leadley and Michael Nassaney.

Kalamazoo Summit on Racism
November 17, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Borgess Lawrence Education Center
1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Keynote Speaker: Lecia Brooks
of the Southern Poverty Law Center

$35 General Admission | $25 Students

Please register for this event at or check it out on Facebook.

19th Annual White Privilege Conference
Wed. April 4 – Sat. April 7, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI

“Super People & Superpowers: Prepare to be The Future of Social Justice Work”

This is a high quality challenging, collaborative and comprehensive conference about oppression and white privilege for white people and people of color. There are workshops for youth and for adults who are beginners through advanced in their knowledge of these topics.

Registration begins January 15. For more information, go to:

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