The Change Team is a strategy team that creates and implements tools for Racial Equity and Inclusion Change at ERUUF. The strategies are created as a result of feedback from the congregation and from members of the Change Team. The Team discerns ways for ERUUF to keep moving forward with actions that further its commitment to the cause of dismantling racism and proposes the following overarching goal or objective:
“To create a culture where racial equity and inclusion are the norm by making the learning and practice of racial equity and inclusion integral to ERUUF’s policies, programs and interactions. This will be evident both within ERUUF and in relationships between ERUUF members and the larger community of which we are a part, as we engage individually and collectively.”
The Spiritual Foundation: We engage this crucial work of creating a community of racial equity and inclusion as Unitarian Universalists, within the sacred space of our covenantal faith. At the heart of our tradition are questions about who we are, whose we are, and how we intend to be together with one another, our neighbors, and the larger world. Living these questions together in community is our spiritual journey, a primary way that we grow in spirit and transform our lives.
We have identified eight “Ends” or “Indicators of goal attainment.” These ends are based on desired outcomes proposed from Dismantling Racism workshop groups and our meetings with Tema Okun and Michelle Johnson, the DR leaders. We have also suggested some possible specific actions or “Means” to those Ends, along with areas within ERUUF’s program and ministry teams where these might fit.
We are encouraging ERUUF’s ministry teams (committees, Councils, and the like) to consider how they might include racial equity and inclusion goals for their ministry area as part of their annual planning process. We hope that you will be able to contribute ideas and possible action steps for any groups you are part of.