Beloved Community Communications Team
“SoulWork” is going to that deep place of truth and value, according to Rev. KP Hong. On Saturday morning, September 25, 2021, over 55 of us gathered for a rich and rewarding program to learn more about how our personal and communal spiritual development intersects with our goal of a multicultural antiracist community. Like the double helix of DNA, the two strands wind around each other and are inextricably linked to help us grow and live into our best selves.
KP, Laura Park, and Angela Wilcox of the Beloved Community Staff Team have been working on the “Double Helix Model of Faith Formation and Antiracism-Multiculturalism,” for many months. This tool is designed to help individuals and ministry teams look at how we work among ourselves at the intersection of “me” and “we,” and evolve in how we do racial justice work.
During the morning event, KP and Alfonso Wenker from Team Dynamics, and Angela and Laura took turns offering perspectives to help provide a framework for the new model. Then, we went into breakout rooms by ministry group and discussed the practices and rituals that bring us closer and connect us to the work we do together.
The Double Helix Model (below) helps us see that there is no dividing line between our faith and our actions. Watch for more information to come about Unity’s approach to connecting faith formation and racial justice — SoulWork.
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, Rev. Lara Cowtan, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Laura Park, Lia Rivamonte and Angela Wilcox.