Exploring Diversity: On the Path To Understanding

 

 

 

This 2017-2018 church year, we invited our members, friends, and neighbors to explore Diversity together. Using a model developed from our successful Green Sanctuary Month services, our aim was to establish a truly heartfelt understanding of diversity, both within and outside of our community.

The following Diversity topic areas were explored over the course of the church year, featuring inter-generational Sunday Services and with special events over the church year: Ability; Age; Race, Power & Privilege; Money; and Gender.

Our first topic, Ability, has completed. For more on this, please visit our Diversity: Ability webpost by clicking HERE.

Our second topic, Age, has completed. The Age Topic Team had a Worship Service on the topic, and selected Mystic Valley Elder Services as our Giving Beyond Our Walls recipient.

Our third topic, Race, Power and Privilege, has completed. For more on this, please visit our Diversity: Race, Power and Privilege webpost by clicking HERE.

Our fourth topic, Money, has completed. For more on this, please visit our Diversity: Race, Power and Privilege webpost by clicking HERE.

Our final topic, Gender, has completed. The Gender Topic Team had a Worship Service on the topic, book discussions, theater presentations, and selected nAGLY as our Giving Beyond Our Walls recipient.

Children’s Religious Education classes also including selected activities on each Diversity Topics, and each class made a church-wide presentation on what they learned, during this year’s Religious Education Sunday.

From the Transitions Team:

Having contributed our thoughts, our desires and our future hopes for Melrose UU over the first year of our two year interim experience, we have now set our course to explore diversity together seeking a truly heartfelt understanding of diversity. 

Together includes all of us – From young to old, of all genders and identities, some living lives of necessary frugality, others with grateful wealth, on both sides of average, born of luck or circumstance, and now finding ourselves here together. 

The Transition Teams (TransitionTeams [at] MelroseUU [dot] org) have continued to meet through the summer in order to develop an overall approach to presenting our selected diversity exploration topics throughout the year and begin implementation through the formation of small group topic teams, focused on each of the diversity exploration topics:

  • Ability (team currently meeting, activities and events under discussion)
  • Age
  • Race, Power and Privilege 
  • Money
  • Gender

We expect each topic above will be deeply explored across multiple week periods between October and April, including Sunday Services. We anticipate creative program offerings including film, lecture, hands-on activities, meals together, forums, and field trips. This is an ambitious but vital agenda to the work of our Church. It promises to be meaningful to all who participate in the creation and experience of the activities. We invite you now, and will again, to join us as we set about exploring diversity together.

Your Transition Teams,

Religious Ed Transition Team: Amy M., Ann E., Patricia F., Don B.

Interim Minister Transition Team: Rebecca M., Mike A., Mary Beth G., Dominic T., David B.