1 00:00:00,030 --> 00:00:04,529 the journey toward wholeness transformation committee was established 2 00:00:04,529 --> 00:00:13,410 in June 1997 by the Board of Trustees as part of the 1997 General Assembly 3 00:00:13,410 --> 00:00:19,199 business resolution toward an anti-racist Unitarian Universalist 4 00:00:19,199 --> 00:00:24,800 Association please welcome the journey toward wholeness transform any 5 00:00:24,800 --> 00:00:30,170 transformation committee for their report 6 00:00:56,550 --> 00:01:01,239 your journey toward wholeness transformation committee includes 7 00:01:01,239 --> 00:01:08,710 co-chairs Teresa Soto and me Ted Fetter along with Ben Gable Tracy Robinson-Harris 8 00:01:08,710 --> 00:01:17,410 Keri Stewart Elizabeth Mount Mandolin Restivo and Viola Abbott as the 9 00:01:17,410 --> 00:01:22,450 journey toward wholeness transformation committee we recognize that now is the 10 00:01:22,450 --> 00:01:27,160 time to go deeper with the anti oppression and anti racism to dedicate 11 00:01:27,160 --> 00:01:32,140 our energies to creating a transformative and Liberatore future in 12 00:01:32,140 --> 00:01:38,050 Unitarian Universalism we must root out our habitual culture of 13 00:01:38,050 --> 00:01:44,140 white supremacy together of course with our patriarchal heterosis gender 14 00:01:44,140 --> 00:01:50,979 normative classes and ableist culture we must engage in building a new culture 15 00:01:50,979 --> 00:01:57,640 not because we are bad persons but because so many Unitarian Universalists 16 00:01:57,640 --> 00:02:03,400 are part of the larger Western euro-american culture where the pattern 17 00:02:03,400 --> 00:02:10,420 of centering white European culture is an established practice together we can 18 00:02:10,420 --> 00:02:17,140 use our ability to grow and change so we may instead embody our ideals and 19 00:02:17,140 --> 00:02:23,890 aspirations as lived experiences your journey toward wholeness transformation 20 00:02:23,890 --> 00:02:29,709 committee has undertaken a study of power mapping through this process we 21 00:02:29,709 --> 00:02:35,590 are asking questions that can help us transform our faith where does the power 22 00:02:35,590 --> 00:02:42,190 to change our institutions lie who controls the levers of change what are 23 00:02:42,190 --> 00:02:48,299 their motivations to change and what are the factors inhibiting transformation 24 00:02:48,299 --> 00:02:54,640 who are the advocates for building the Beloved Community and what power do they 25 00:02:54,640 --> 00:03:00,910 have who are their allies and how can coalition's of change agents be 26 00:03:00,910 --> 00:03:06,260 established change has occurred in the Association 27 00:03:06,260 --> 00:03:12,500 as people dig into questions of what it takes to dissenter white supremacy in 28 00:03:12,500 --> 00:03:19,269 worship congregations across the United States and Canada participated 29 00:03:19,269 --> 00:03:26,120 enthusiastically in the white supremacy teachin unfortunately a demonstrable 30 00:03:26,120 --> 00:03:31,640 pattern of conflict with religious professionals of color shows that white 31 00:03:31,640 --> 00:03:37,069 supremacy seeks to maintain its influence we closely follow these 32 00:03:37,069 --> 00:03:42,739 incidents and support the work of the Commission on institutional change it is 33 00:03:42,739 --> 00:03:48,470 because real people encounter the harms of white supremacy that the content and 34 00:03:48,470 --> 00:03:54,139 the conflicts that it causes that this work matters we want to be intentional 35 00:03:54,139 --> 00:04:00,769 to identify the potential for growing a new culture one that can save our faith 36 00:04:00,769 --> 00:04:08,090 in a time of distress part of the focus is within the UUA the theological 37 00:04:08,090 --> 00:04:14,900 schools The ministers Association and the other national institutions but a 38 00:04:14,900 --> 00:04:21,320 greater part is in the congregation's where most you use associate and act out 39 00:04:21,320 --> 00:04:29,150 their faith none of us can say that's not a problem in my congregation because 40 00:04:29,150 --> 00:04:36,110 it surely is noticing the habits of prioritizing the needs and narratives of 41 00:04:36,110 --> 00:04:41,960 white people and white systems is the job of each congregation our polity 42 00:04:41,960 --> 00:04:47,479 caused us to take responsibility for our neighboring congregations and noticing 43 00:04:47,479 --> 00:04:54,080 and accounting for white supremacy make the necessary changes our committee will 44 00:04:54,080 --> 00:04:58,970 work in partnership with the Commission on institutional change and the 45 00:04:58,970 --> 00:05:05,300 leadership of black lives of Unitarian Universalism drum and other partners in 46 00:05:05,300 --> 00:05:12,349 this great work we long to work with you we're grateful for the transformation 47 00:05:12,349 --> 00:05:15,280 before us