Laura Park, Beloved Community Staff Team and Director of Membership
In their commitment to covenantal accountability, religious liberals often experience a paradox in doing SoulWork. In the fourth SoulWork video, Minister of Faith Formation KP Hong explores that paradox. On the one hand, we appreciate the invitation to wonder with one another, to notice and become more aware of our practices, to courageously engage with our values of justice and the inherent worth and dignity of all people. On the other hand, we can find discomfort in the accountability that work among us may ask of us, as people wonder more about us than we feel is appropriate or ask more from us than we’re willing to give. And we begin to look for places with more freedom and less structure. In confessing this struggle, KP sets up the next video in which Alfonso Wenker of Team Dynamics explores the tyranny of structurelessness.
SoulWork for you: How have you experienced the paradox of among? How have you stayed at the table when wondering and noticing together leads to conflict and discomfort?
Next: SoulWork#5 – The Conversation We Need to Have Among Us (Coming soon!)
Previous: SoulWork#3 – HeartWork
SoulWork is the term we use at Unity Church for when we engage our Unitarian Universalist faith formation and antiracist multicultural work together. We use a Double Helix model to invite the congregation into this SoulWork and the SoulWork practices, models, tools, and an eight-part video series help us live into increasing complexity on this double helix.
To learn more about SoulWork, please visit our Adult Faith Formation page. There you will find a link to the Double Helix Model of Faith Formation and Antiracist Multiculturalism worksheet to help you develop practices for Within, Among, and Beyond. Visit Unity’s YouTube Channel, SoulWork Playlist to view all eight videos in the series.
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Beloved Community Resources
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.