Our Anti-Racism Commitment: A Fall Report from the UUC Board

Greetings UUC Friends,

As we shared in the summer, the UUC Board of Trustees is committed to keeping anti-racism efforts a top priority and would like to communicate our progress to date.

Formation of the ‘Anti-Racism Guiding Team’

While UUC has a number of groups who do valuable work on racial justice or equity, the Board felt it was important to form an Anti-Racism Guiding Team to coordinate and lead this work. This team will be led by Rebecca DiNino and Mike Kasprzak. Rebecca and Mike have thoughtfully recruited a core of other members to join them and we are pleased to announce that these include Brooke Lather-McElligott, Jewels Mellen, Roberta Ray, and Meta Thayer.

We are grateful for these dedicated members who have committed to this 18-month journey to help chart a path and engage the membership at UUC. They will be recognized at an upcoming worship service.

Engaging with the Kaleidoscope Institute

After a careful discernment process, UUC has engaged the Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) to offer us wisdom, challenge and consultation. KI works primarily with congregations and faith-based groups on culture change and organizational transformation that builds an anti-racist inclusive community.

The Board has chosen the Kaleidoscope Institute because they offer a dialogue-based approach that will assist UUC in doing an ‘intentional self-study’. This self-study will include taking the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as a way of assessing where we are at in our anti-racism journey. In time, the self-study will allow the Guiding Team to develop recommendations and engage the larger UUC community. The KI consultation will help participants develop their skills in listening, facilitating dialogue, and find clarity of vision.

Our engagement with the Kaleidoscope Institute begins with 16 hours of intensive work from October 29–November 5. Fifteen participants, including the Anti-Racism Guiding Team, UUC ministers, Board members, and other UUC congregants, will participate. There are still a few open spaces for this workshop. In addition, there may be opportunities for members to take the IDI assessment, even if you are unable to commit to the KI workshop. If you would like to participate in either of these, please contact Kathleen Cromp.

We are grateful for your sustained engagement in this work. Thank you for caring enough to stay curious, to trust, to learn, to change. If you have any questions you can contact us at board@uuchurch.org.

Tim Vos
on behalf of the UUC Board of Trustees