Access the report on the UUA’s website here. It is available in many other forms below.

The Widening the Circle (WtC) of Concern Working Group is a group of USG members and staff, some but not all, in leadership positions who began engaging the report in February 2021 with monthly meetings on 1st Wednesday evenings at 7pm. If you would like to attend Working Group meetings, please email WideningTheCircle@usguu.org for the Zoom link and the preparatory materials.

There had been a monthly Q&A with Board members immediately after the worship service, when we were all on Zoom, we’re thinking of ways to do that now that we’re multi-platform.

The report is available for purchase as a book from the UUA Bookstore, an e-book from Amazon, for free on the UUA website, as a pdf, a Word doc and an audio reading.

The UUA offered a Discussion Guide, but after the first session, we found it more useful to create our own. Below you can find the goals and actions the group recommends for USG and further below each of the chapters, the discussion guides, and notes and slides from the Q&As.

Recommended WtC Goals and Actions for USG

USG’s February 13, 2022 Widening the Circle WORSHIP SERVICE

Individual Chapters, Notes and Discussion Guides:

Introduction through the Trends section, slightly edited for ease of reading.

Theology Resources (Feb-April 2021)

Governance Resources (May-June 2021)

Congregations and Communities Resources (July 2021)

Hospitality and Inclusion Resources (August 2021)

Living Our Values (November 2021)

Religious Professionals (February 2022)

Educating for Liberation and Innovation and Risk Taking (March 2022)

Avatars These are composite stories to represent the experiences of the many people the Commission interviewed. They may be helpful in understanding the need for this work.

The issue of microaggressions comes up frequently in our discussions. A microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. This video shows how microaggressions are small but they stack up. Like mosquito bites:

This is the work of the 8th Principle which USG adopted in May 2019: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

The report provides recommendations on how we can make changes to our congregation and denomination using an anti-oppression lens. The authors write: “Widening the Circle is joyful change work that’s deeply rooted in our shared UU theology. We hope that engaging this guide offers our community an opportunity for meaningful connection during this time of isolation.”