Equity and Justice

Diversity asks, ‘Who’s in the room?’ Equity responds: “Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?”

Inclusion asks, “Have everyone’s ideas been heard?” Justice responds. “Whose ideas won’t be taken as seriously because they aren’t in the majority?”

Diversity asks, “How many more of [pick any minoritized identity] group do we have this year than last?” Equity responds, “What conditions have we created that maintain certain groups as the perpetual majority here.”

Inclusion asks, “Is this environment safe for everyone to feel like they belong?” Justice challenges, “Whose safety is being sacrificed and minimized to allow others to be comfortable maintaining dehumanizing views?”

~By Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

I’m reading White Fragility, White Rage and Raising White Kids this summer. It’s got me thinking of many ways that white supremacy culture is perpetuated in our congregation and in our RE program. I want to examine and expose the often unrecognized ways we propagate the harmful aspects of this dominant way of being in the world within our congregation.

The RE Committee is doing some work with White Fragility during our August retreat to help us examine the RE programs with an expanded lens.  The UUA has a great book discussion guide that may be valuable to do with a group of folks this year to help us do this important work together.

Doing anti-racism work both individually and collectively is important to help our church culture move from one of Diversity and Inclusion to one of Justice and Equity. To do that we each need to work to remove the veils from our own eyes so that we can begin to see the water in which we swim.

I hope that each of you are having a chance to read some of the books on your summer reading lists as well. Looking forward to beginning another church year of growing and learning together.

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin,
Religious Education Director

We Care for Our Mother Earth: Summer RE

This summer’s Sunday Children’s Activities are based on our 7th UU Principle about the interdependent web of life, simplified as, “We care for our Mother Earth.” The activities are geared toward elementary ages, but we regularly have teens join us.

In August, we will learn new games, walk the labyrinth and have a nature meditation, make nature crafts, and do a couple of scientific experiments. Grandchildren and other visitors are always welcome. The nursery is open for infants to preschoolers.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kate Webster at tomandmarykate@gmail.com.

Fall Religious Education

K-6th – Unitarian Universalist Principles

7-8th – Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

9-10th – Coming of Age

11-12th – Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

* Religious Education Teacher Orientation *

Saturday, September 7th, 1:00-4:00 PM

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