About the Series
Building on the Next Right Action initiative, expert facilitators and trainers gathered by Team Dynamics will lead seven Tuesday evening workshops to explore critical concepts to equip us as champions for racial justice in our own lives, in our communities, and in our spiritual growth and development.
Series Learning Goals in Service to Unity’s Multicultural and Racial Healing Ends
This is a seven-part series. It is our intention that participants attend session one and/or two as prerequisite in order to participate in sessions three through seven. Additionally, we ask that you attend as many as your schedule allows. This is a sequential series and a cohort experience, with each session building on the previous session's concepts and learning. Sign-up is required for each session. An RSVP will be sent to confirm attendance.
All sessions are on Zoom, Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., September 15 – October 27, 2020. Each session will be hosted by Alfonso T. Wenker from Team Dynamics with various faculty participating throughout the series.
REGISTER FOR SESSION 1 • September 15: Identity + Bias
Explore how our beliefs are connected to our experiences of culture + identity and how those beliefs influence our actions. Faculty: Mark Pineda, Sara Wernick Schonwald
REGISTER FOR SESSION 2 • September 22: Intercultural Conflict Styles + Strategies
Explore conflict through the lens of culture. Understand your preferred conflict style and increase capacity to manage conflict across culture. Faculty: Sara Wernick Schonwald, Liz Loeb, Levi Weinhagen
REGISTER FOR SESSION 3 • September 29: Understanding + Utilizing Power
Power is an underlying force in relationships and organizations; however, we tend to treat power as a “have or have not.” This session explores power as ever present in all bodies. We will dive into the connections between position, identity and power and explore ways to responsibly exercise power toward equity goals. Faculty: Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Pearl Dobbins, Anil Hurkadli
REGISTER FOR SESSION 4 • October 6: Constructions of Race + Racism
Race impacts every relationship, system and interaction in our daily lives. While concepts of race are a social construct, the impacts (racism and white supremacy) are real in their consequences. This session allows participants to get grounded in their experience of race while noticing patterns and preference for whiteness. Faculty: Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Levi Weinhagen
REGISTER FOR SESSION 5 • October 13: Social Change + Social Movements
What are social movements? What makes movements move? How do we utilize this movement moment to create the transformational change we seek? Together we’ll unpack what are the elements of a movement to understand how each of us is situated in a movement. Faculty: Beth Zemsky
REGISTER FOR SESSION 6 • October 20: Organizing + Action
“But what can I do about it?” Building from the first five sessions, we’ll talk about how community organizing works in pursuit of justice and how to choose your actions wisely. Faculty: Liz Loeb, Trina Olson
REGISTER FOR SESSION 7 • October 27: Using these Tools in Your Practice
This will be an open, guided time to ask questions and test out ideas for application of the topics covered in sessions one through six. Faculty: Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Levi Weinhagen
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
The Beloved Community Staff Team (BCST) strengthens and coordinates Unity’s antiracism and multicultural work, and provides opportunities for congregants and the church to grow into greater intercultural competency. We help the congregation ground itself in the understanding of antiracism and multiculturalism as a core part of faith formation. We support Unity’s efforts to expand our collective capacity to imagine and build the Beloved Community. Here, we share the stories of this journey — the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations — both at Unity and in the wider world.
The current members of the Beloved Community Staff Team include Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Rev. KP Hong, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Laura Park, Rev. Karen Gustafson, Angela Wilcox, Pauline Eichten, and Erika Sanders.