The following four paths will be woven throughout the church year.
Sharing the Journey
This is focused on using the format of small group ministry or covenant groups throughout the sessions that we have together. Covenant groups can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.
Be The Change! Project: A UU Training for Building Multicultural, Anti-Racist Beloved Community
This will offer our Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. We will engage youth participants in ways that are culturally relevant, accessible, and lead to action, regardless of participants’ past experience talking about race. The sessions integrate technology and multimedia to ensure high-quality presentations and include diverse voices.
The areas of exploration are:
- Race: What’s the Difference – We demonstrate how groups exclude people, and guide participants to name their identities as a foundation for examining race and other differences.
Why Should UUs Talk About Race? – We will document the effects of persistent racism, give voice to UUs doing anti-racism work and demonstrate how our Principles call us to resist racism.
Race is Something We Create – We will define key terms, demonstrate ways race has been and continues to be legally, scientifically and socially created, and affirm that race is not biological fact, but is a concept made up by societies.
Open to Differences: The Change Starts With Me – We will introduce the obstacles to cross-cultural communication, reflect on personal experiences with race, and explore the creation of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and how they limit the beloved community.
Can We Live With Racism? – We will demonstrate how racism and privilege operate at different levels of human interaction and develop participants’ multicultural interaction skills.
What Can I Do to Break Down Racism? – We will teach tools to spread the word about ending racism, help participants identify their own strengths, and encourage participants to further action.
Meaning and Music
In five sessions the youth will:
Consider what music means to us and how it can inspire.
Share what specific styles and artists resonate for the participants.
Examines the intersection between music and justice making.
Study how music can be an expression of one’s faithful views.
Reflect on how music and song writing can make an impact through stories and storytelling which build empathy and / or lift up our interconnectedness through shared experiences.
The youth and their leaders may plan an alternative worship service for the congregation.