Our definition was developed for the Strategic Review of Professional Ministry Report (PDF, 64 pages), a deeply important document that was created through the dedication of many staff members.
Multiculturalism means nurturing a religious community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life—worship, fellowship, leadership, governance, religious education, social justice, etc. Multiculturalism means that we create religious homes where encounters between people of different cultural identities intersect with Unitarian Universalism to create a fully inclusive community where, in the words of a vision statement adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) Leadership Council, “all people are welcomed as blessings and the human family lives whole and reconciled.”
Multiculturalism means that one cultural identity does not dominate all other identities; that people are able to participate in their faith community without denying or hiding their cultural identities, that the role of cultural identity is part of pastoral and prophetic ministry; and that leaders have the competency to understand how their multiple identities and socialization influence their values, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and interactions with others.
Given these meanings for multiculturalism, several questions emerge in our examination of the kind of ministry the multicultural world requires, particularly in developing strategies for preparing religious professionals to cross borders of race, class, culture, and generational differences.
Thank you for visiting! Wherever your congregation or community may be on its multiculturalism journey, we invite you to engage with these new resources from Multicultural Growth and Witness:
We also encourage you to read and share the following two-page handout, developed by the First Unitarian Church of Richmond's Committee for Racial and Ethnic Unity (CREU):
For more information contact multicultural @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
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