The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Ministry acknowledges and addresses racist and discriminatory approaches within our community and develops strategies that support and enhance a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging.
Largely in response to The Waking up White Program Partnership between the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert (UUCOD) and the Insight Community Desert, and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Widening the Circle of Concern report, the UUCOD Board of Directors established the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Ministry (DIBM). The membership of this ministry was formed and DIBM began its work in November 2020. Since that time several changes have been implemented and there has been impressive participation by several congregants in the Meadville Lombard Theological School’s Beloved Conversations Program.
The DIBM meetings have been both important and meaningful. They have also begun the process of our congregation working toward being more multicultural and anti-racist while truly living into the recently adopted Eighth Principle. The current membership includes Rob DuWors, Sarita Gonzales, Fran Hoag, Carol McDaniel, and Sandy Sladen. Ex-officio members are Reverend Ian and Linda Savard.
Letters from the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Ministry
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Ministry (DIBM) plans to write posts routinely this year to provide background and updates on work going on in our community to advance multiculturalism and anti-racism. We hope that these communications will not only provide information but also engage your thinking and our collective discussion about living into our beloved community. This is the first of these posts that will appear approximately bi-monthly and is intended to provide an overview of the DIBM. We invite you to join us in this important work.