Widening the Circle
Resources for Widening Our Circle
Each month the Widening the Circle team plans to offer the congregation a resource to help further USG on its journey to Widen Our Circle.
December: Please do the first in a series of free resources from Microsoft to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), about Allyship. The modules are self paced with good examples, clear explanations, are well researched, professionally produced, and only 15 minutes long.
November: read or listen to this sermon, Welcoming as a Spiritual Practice, by Alex Kapitan, who was a facilitator of the TransInclusion workshop USG offered last year. And if you haven’t yet, please also watch the October 22 Sunday service with Rev. Kev’s sermon about his family’s journey supporting his trans daughter Eliza (if you don’t want to watch the whole service, watch from 15:15 to 27:30.) And if you didn’t hear one or both of CB Beal’s two sermons, email WideningTheCircle@usguu.org for links.
Widening the Circle at USG
At USG, the Widening the Circle (WtC) work began in February 2020 with a group of USG members and staff, some but not all, in leadership positions who considered each of the report’s recommendations, and compiled a list of GOALS AND ACTIONS FOR USG. The objective is to be a truly open and inclusive community, in which members of all racial, ethnic, LGBTQIA, economic, ability and other identities are actively recruited, welcomed and connected.
The Widening the Circle Report was created by a Commission on Institutional Change that the UUA Board charged in 2017 with supporting long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the anti-oppressive and multi-cultural promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism and is accountable to the richness of our diverse heritage. The report was presented at GA in 2019.
At USG, our work was also rooted in the proposed 8th Principle, adopted by USG 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.“
As we moved to the implementation phase in the fall of 2022, we began meeting with USG groups as well as holding Q&A sessions with the congregation as a whole.