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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Also at Board of Trustees report.

My report on the January meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees was published a day late, but it's stuffed with news. Find out about a new plan to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the UU ministry and learn about preparations for a national marketing campaign, the upcoming General Assembly, and the 2009 presidential election. Also, following up on a 2004 report on the UUA's social witness statements, the board approved the first three "Public Policy Statements" prepared by the UUA Washington Office for Advocacy to summarize all relevant resolutions on controversial subjects.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 6 February 2007 at 7:42 AM

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Comrade Kevin:

February 7, 2007 08:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

The challenge breaks down along class lines as well.

Unitarians have a major issues with Classism, really without meaning to, IMHO.

But so do all educated people.


February 7, 2007 08:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

By all means increase diversity in our ranks.

Another challenge will be not letting individual congregations dictate the minister they want versus the minister they need.

Peter Bowden:

February 8, 2007 08:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

I think a great way to increase diversity in our ministry is through - dun dun dah! You guessed it. Small group ministry. It is far easier to realize diversity within a group of 8 or so than in a larger congregation.

Our congregations, with intention, can use small group ministries to reach across many of the boundaries that keep us, uh, uh, what's that word... Oh yeah - white.

Once I help the UUA figure out that we can use SGM to grow congregations - provided we give it a little support - then I'll move on the the diversity side of SGM. For now, many congregtions are still struggling with SGM 101.


February 9, 2007 02:30 PM | Permalink for this comment

Peter's comments prompted some speculating of mine over at Planting God Communities at on the small groups struggle he mentions at some churches. I think he is right on the money about diversity and small groups; my reflections were about the struggle itself.


February 10, 2007 03:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

Small group ministry is clearly the way to go.

The key is to not let our cross-cringe prevent us from using some of the same methods that traditional Christianity has been using for the past fifteen-twenty years.

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