In Unitarian Universalism, democratic process is a sacred matter embodied in our fifth Principle. Read “Working Apart So We Can Work Together” for a tour through the merits and challenges of racial identity caucusing with members of Fractured Atlas, an anti-racist, arts-focused nonprofit technology organization in New York City.
Refresh your familiarity with the role of “covenant” in Unitarian Universalism. Read Handout 1, Covenant As Promise from the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, The New UU. Answer the reflection questions, perhaps in a journal. Consider how your understanding of covenant can inform your faith.
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Read these tips from hospice physician and author Karen Wyatt and these from the Chopra Center to maintain a personal spiritual practice while traveling.
Check out the article, “Action as Prayer: Lessons from Oceti Sakowin” for a Christian perspective on the role of prayer in indigenous-led resistance at Standing Rock.
Learn about the Fight for $15 campaign focused on the minimum wage. They are affiliated with the national Poor People’s Campaign.
A model for understanding cultural differences designed by diversity consultant Dr. Edward J. Nichols has been useful for educators at the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal in New Orleans (CELSJR.org). You can access the chart by going to this teacher resource page, and clicking on the link labeled ED NICHOLS’ CULTURAL PHILOSOPHIES.
- Review the chart. Ask yourself these questions and discuss them with others:
- What insights do you gain from this model that help you understand cultural differences?
- Where do you find yourself on this chart? Looking at your own life, what situations can you recall where cultural differences were at play?
- How do differing cultural values impact a society polarized by race?
- How does cultural competency help us with anti-racism work?
- How do we create spaces where we practice cultural competency that not just tolerates diversity but values it?