Dear ,

I've been thinking of all of you, dear brave, beloved community because it's been a while! Even as we work to disrupt and dismantle white supremacy culture, I confess that the members of the Multicultural Ministries team have been caught in the cogs of "we're busy" and "we’re running out of time!" The tasks that require slow thoughts, deep breathing, or meditative silences are sadly few and far between; we’ve had to focus on doing rather than on being. We are seeking balance in the midst of our busy-ness and plan to return to a state of balance after GA is over.

If you’ll be attending General Assembly in Kansas City next week, here are some programs, receptions, and events that might be of interest to you:
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is hosting this year’s witness events at GA! There are three exciting elements:

  • Anatomy of a Bailout Panel Discussion on Thursday, June 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Convention Center Room 2105. This will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend or won’t be at General Assembly.
  • Care Package Build Project: During General Assembly, attendees can help assemble 1,000 care packages for victims of domestic violence. If you are able, items are still needed for these packages and can be purchased from this wish list.
  • Hands on Project for People of Color and Indigenous Identities at Uzazi Village. This offsite trip requires pre-registration, which you can do here.

Learn more about these events online.

In addition, Multicultural Ministries is sponsoring the following programs:

Workshop: 25 Years Later – The Thomas Jefferson Ball. A reflection on the ill-considered Thomas Jefferson Ball at General Assembly 1993 with a look at its implications for today and for our future: Thursday, June 21 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm in Convention Center Room 2501 C.

Jam Session co-sponsored by Multicultural Ministries and the Living Legacy Project (LLP). Hosted by LLP Trustees: Hope Johnson, Jan Sneegas, Janice Marie Johnson, Reggie Harris, and Kristin Famula. Learn about our upcoming Pilgrimages (Fall 2018 through Summer 2019). Jam with Reggie Harris, Greg Greenway, and Friends. Thursday, June 21 from 8:30 to 10:30pm in Convention Center Room 2207.

Reception for Religious Professionals of Color: If you are a religious professional and a person of color, please join the UUA Multicultural Ministries and the UUMA’s Committee for Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Please RSVP here.

Workshop: Be Bold! Vital Multicultural Congregations and Communities. "Learnings, Lessons, Leanings," and more from the Mosaic Makers community. Saturday, June 23 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm in Convention Center Room 2103A.

Workhop: Centering Trans Experience in Unitarian Universalism. This workshop is offered in partnership with TRUUsT and features special guest S. Bear Bergman: Saturday, June 23 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm in Convention Center Room 2501 A.
Our next issue of Catalyst will feature updates about how the UUA is working to dismantle white supremacy within the institution, in our denomination, and beyond. I look forward to meeting and greeting, and spending some time -- even if brief -- with as many of you as possibly. I'm hoping to share diverse reflections on our Beloved Community.

I'm always interested in learning what is happening with you in our congregations and communities. Please share updates and any curiosities you have with me, so I may feature them in our future issues of Catalyst.

In faith, in solidarity, and in love,
Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director
UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness

"Masakhane" is a rich and resonant word from the Nguni family of languages of South Africa, of which Zulu and Xhosa are two. Loosely translated into English it means, "Let us build together."

This issue of Catalyst includes additional writing by Audra Friend, Communications Coordinator, UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness
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