Next Right Action: Team Dynamics Equity and Justice Series Part 1 of 7, September 15, 2020: Identity + Bias
Shelley Butler, Beloved Community Communications Team
Register for Part 2 • Wednesday September 22: Conflict
Following up on a half-day workshop last fall, Team Dynamics is back with a seven-part series as one of our next right actions at Unity Church to realize our goals, ends, dreams of creating an anti-racist, multicultural community and to individually increase our competence and awareness. You don’t need to attend all sessions, but you need to attend either Part 1 or Part 2 to attend any sessions in the rest of the series. So, if you were not able to attend on September 15, please register for September 22, Part 2.
Attending Part 1 was a rich and instructive experience. Pauline Eichten described some of the many important messages from Team Dynamics trainers Alfonso, Mark, and Sarah:
We carry our culture and our identities with us. They function as a filter, a lens for how we see the world and how we regulate or police what we see. How we react to something says something about ourselves and our assumptions and expectations. What is the culture and the identities that I carry and how do they shape my responses? Some of those identities are outdated, but they still operate and can catch me unawares.
In wrapping up the session, we were told that the moral of the story is to start with “rigorous and sacred self-awareness” of our own lens, which includes actively looking for those influences that affect our unconscious and impact how we react and make decisions. Much more to come in the next six sessions.
Remember that you must attend either Part 1 or Part 2 to be able to attend following sessions. Information about each session and links to sign up are online.
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.