From the Beloved Community News Team
By now, you’ve maybe heard about a new antiracism/multiculturalism initiative at Unity Church called SoulWork. Last fall, the Beloved Community Staff Team (BCST) with Team Dynamics held a forum to introduce us to this important work and prepare us to use a new model that intertwines faith formation and antiracism/multiculturalism. To make this work even more accessible to us, the BCST has created a series of eight brief videos from that original forum.
This first video prepares us to do the work by teaching us a spiritual practice that invites us to notice and listen. To enter into SoulWork, we recommend watching “Grounding Practice with Alfonso of Team Dynamics.”
Beloved Community Communications Team
The Antiracism Literacy Partners (ALP) program is one year old this fall, and it seemed a good time to check in with some of the participants to ask how the program has broadened or changed their perspective on racism and dominant white culture, and for thoughts on the opportunity to move from "within," from personal reading and reflection, to "among," engaging with others in this work. Here is some of what ALP participants said:
Please register here and then join us for the next ALP meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Note: You do not have to attend the Wednesday meeting to participate, but you should contact us within a few days before or after to join a group. For more information, contact Becky Gonzalez-Campoy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about SoulWork, click here.
Pauline Eichten and Laura Park, Beloved Community Staff Team
How do faith formation and our work of antiracism and multiculturalism intersect? How do we build practices that bridge between the two? The SoulWork gathering on September 25 offered a double helix model to help participants consider those questions. You’ll be hearing more in the weeks to come about how to use this model in your groups and ministry teams, but for now, here are a few things that came out of the SoulWork session.
The image above was created in real time during the conversation between Rev. KP Hong and Alfonso Wenker of Team Dynamics that opened the session — how do the practices of faith formation and antiracism/multiculturalism interact and bond together? Take some time to let your eye wander among these amazing images and ideas.
Two particularly interesting ideas from a conversation between KP and Alfonso:
The model that shows the intersection of faith formation and antiracism/multicultural work is a basic double helix structure (below). Ready to start your work of building practice on both sides of this helix? Email Laura Park email@example.com for a version that will structure that work for you.
The Beloved Community Staff Team looks forward to working with groups and ministry teams to build practice on both sides of the double helix in the weeks ahead.
Credit: Graphic recording by Angelique McAlpine of Drawing Impact. Visit their website: www.drawingimpact.com.
Beloved Community Resources
Next Right Actions
Unity Justice Database
Team Dynamics House of Intersectionality
Anti-Racism Resources in the Unity Libraries Collection
Creative Writers of Color in Unity Libraries
The History of Race Relations and Unity Church, 1850-2005
Beloved Community Staff Team
In 2016, the Beloved Community Staff Team was formed at Unity Church to strengthen and coordinate Unity’s anti-racism and multi-cultural work, and to share the stories of this journey with the wider community. We commit to sharing the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations here at Unity and in the wider world of our faith and city. The current members of the team include Rev. KP Hong, Rev. Kathy Hurt, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Rev. Shay MacKay, Laura Park, Angela Wilcox, Pauline Eichten, and Erika Sanders.