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Social Justice Workshops at SUUSI 2021

SUUSI’s mission calls for us to be a community that “evokes the best within us” and that lives Unitarian-Universalist values of inclusion and mutual respect. In recent years, we have become increasingly aware of ways that our community has not lived up to that mission. We’ve heard from Black and Indigenous people of color and from queer, trans, and nonbinary people that SUUSI does not always feel safe for them. 

We strive to learn and to do better. The Board has hired a consultant from the UUA, Michael Crumpler, to help SUUSI leadership identify ways to make SUUSI into a space that is radically welcoming to all. Every member of the Board and Core Staff is completing trainings for trans inclusion and anti-racism. 

We are pleased to be offering several FREE workshops on social justice and equity at SUUSI this year. Some are led by our own SUUSI clergy:

701: Trans Inclusion: Rev. Kimi Riegel facilitates discussion as workshop participants attend the online workshop “Transforming Hearts,” which the workshop creators describe as “an exploration of the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community.”

700: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity: This is a film that people have described as “life changing.” Following the film, Rev. Jan Taddeo and others will facilitate small group discussions.

Called to Justice

SUUSI has also brought in an anti-racism coaching group, “Called to Justice”, to lead several free workshops for SUUSI this year. Each is 90 minutes long and contains one break. The workshops are presented by UU religious educators Christina Rivera and Aisha Hauser.

Basic Elements of Racial Justice

702: Black Lives Matter 101: This workshop covers the history of the BLM movement using live footage of the BLM founders. It addresses common misconceptions about BLM and engages participants in learning. 

Implementation Tools

703: Bystander Intervention: This workshop delves into how to confront micro-aggressions as they happen. Learn the tools to identify and engage racism in your everyday life. 

704: Unconscious Bias: In this workshop we will explore what it means to have unconscious bias, and what to do about it when you identify it.

Taking it Home

705: UU White Supremacy Teach-In: What does it take to disrupt “business as usual” and how do we lead from the margins? Join two of the founders of the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn as we explore how to bring the TeachIn model to your congregation (or your SUUSI). 


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