Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Tapestry of Faith curriculum designed to foster cross-cultural skill building and prepare participants to nurture a multiculturally competent and actively anti-racist congregation. The goals of the curriculum are to:
Through a series of interactive seminars, participants explore topics that increase their understanding of race/ethnicity and systemic racism, through spiritual reflection, journaling, visual arts, poetry, music, theater tools, simulations, guest speakers, and field trips. The curriculum culminates with worship and creation of action plans for anti-racist, multicultural congregational transformation.
Go to the Building the World We Dream About access page to view the program online and/or download it in its entirety.
You can also download a double-sided flyer (PDF) that addresses common questions about the program.
If you're considering facilitating the program, check out the UUA's facilitation tips for conversations about identity and oppression.
In 2012 the UUA developed and released a version of Building the World We Dream About specifically tailored to a young adult audience (ages 18-35), taking into account the generational experiences and unique needs of these participants. Visit the access page for the young adult version of this program to learn more or download the program.
The UUA's Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group works to connect congregations with facilitators for Building the World We Dream About introductory workshops. Looking for an energizing way to jump-start your congregation's engagement with this resource? Contact multicultural @ uua.org!
If you have facilitated, are currently facilitating, or are interested in facilitating Building the World We Dream About, please contact multicultural @ uua.org. We are working to create a network of facilitators with the goal of fostering connections between congregations that are engaging with this program.
Building the World We Dream About was born in response to the desire expressed by UU congregations, districts, and affiliate groups for a "Welcoming Congregation type program" focused on race and ethnicity. In February 2004, representatives of stakeholder groups met in Boston to articulate a vision, identify challenges, and strategize about tools to help congregations become more welcoming, inclusive, and affirming of persons of diverse races, cultures, and ethnicities.
A Project Advisory Group comprised of religious professionals, lay leaders, and UUA staff guided the development of the program. After field testing with forty-five congregations the program was released in 2010.
The program's author is Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, George Mason University professor of transformational education, and UUA anti-oppression consultant.
For more information contact multicultural @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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