Dear Friend,

Great News! We have extended the deadline to register for the Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations National Conference 2017 to Friday, October 13. This conference promises to be innovative, strong, and productive. Join us as we Gather. Worship. Learn. Disrupt. Now.

Mosaic Makers is a dynamic gathering and learning community for teams from congregations deeply engaged in the work of building intentional multicultural community. We gather together in spiritual community for two and a half days of workshop, experiential learning, and community building around the theme of strengthening the fabric of Unitarian Universalist multicultural ministries.

This year, we are opening the conference to all congregational leaders who are seeking a path to justice, as this moment in our denomination and society requires us to not only address injustice in the larger world but also in our denomination. We’re inviting everyone who wishes to embrace this avenue for disrupting, and eventually dismantling, white supremacy in our culture and in our denomination. Learn to do it – or do it more effectively.

Among our attendees will be UU congregations from around the country who are leaders in multicultural welcome and inclusion, and whose congregations are providing some of the most exciting and dynamic transformation in our movement. Many of these congregations are engaged in combating white supremacy culture. We know that we can learn from each other. We’re delighted to help foster real peer-to-peer learning between congregational leaders – professional and lay.

This year’s conference has a host of programs and speakers who will develop, enlarge, and amplify our capacity to do this important ministry.

Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations 
National Conference 2017

Date: Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29; optional Professional Day for UU religious professionals, Monday, October 30

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103

Program Highlights:

In addition to the list below of our speakers and thought partners, conference attendees with have an opportunity to tour the US/Mexico border with First UU Church of San Diego partner groups, visit the South Bay Campus, celebrate a culturally authentic Día de Muertos, and more.

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, our new UUA president, offers her vision for the UUA, joins in the work we're doing, and engages us in deep listening to learn what is happening in congregations.

Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin, Black Lives of UU (BLUU), is an alumna of the UUA's Multicultural Leadership School for Youth and Young Adults of Color (currently called THRIVE) and is a former Religious Education Assistant. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Africana Studies Department at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and author working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. He is a one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice.

Dr. Mark Hicks is Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago as well as Director of the Fahs Collaborative. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, musician, and university administrator and his advocacy for social change, Mark consults nationally on building inclusive, democratic, multiracial, multicultural learning communities.

Rev. Mitra Rahnema is a biracial Iranian American lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She is currently offering her ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, California. She is currently a member of the UUMA Committee on Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism. She has dedicated her life toward building vibrant and engaged anti-oppressive communities. She is the editor of a new Skinner House release, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry.

Some of the authors and respondents of this critical volume will be present and we will hear from them.

Rev. Dr. Susan Moore is Associate Minister of Congregational Life and Pastoral Care at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C. Her ministry has focused on the challenges facing urban American, and Ebony Magazine listed her as one of the Top Black Women Preachers in America. Her work and ministry has included HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention, advocacy for the LGBT community, a variety of advisory positions with local and state elected officials.

First UU Church of San Diego Congregational Staff, Leaders, and Local Partners, led by minister Rev. Kathleen Owens, will share learnings from their journey in embracing and authentically living multicultural ministry.


We request that participants come as part of a congregational team who are prepared and empowered to deeply engage in this important ministry. We recommend teams of 3 to 5 persons.

Registration Cost: $300
Registration includes three meals, daily transportation between the Town and Country Resort and First UU San Diego, and our US/Mexico Border Trip.

Registration Deadline Extended! Registration closes Friday, October 13

Housing Deadline at the Town and Country Resort: Friday, October 13

Cancellation Fee $50 until October 4; after October 4, refunds cannot be issued.

Register online.

Housing Accommodations:

Town and Country Resort

Surrounded by tropical palms, this refined resort and conference hotel is located less than one mile from the First UU Church of San Diego.

$159 single/double occupancy
$169 triple/quad occupancy

Make reservations online or call the Reservations Department at 1-800-772-8527 and ask for the Unitarian Universalist Association group rate.

First UU Church of San Diego Bed and Breakfast Program

Members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego offer reasonably priced lodging and a continental breakfast in their homes for short-term stays with all proceeds benefiting the church. Private room (Adults & Teenagers): $75 single/$90 double/$110 private entrance or casita per night, plus a $10 non-refundable processing fee. Reservations can be made online.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to San Diego!

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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