WtC Process and Notes
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 discussion guides and notes from each meeting and the slides from the Q&As which were offered when we were fully virtual. In September and October 2021, a smaller sub set of the group met to talk about the process we would use to share our recommendations with the groups in the congregation we hope will take ownership of them. In December 2021 and January 2022, we engaged a Central East Region (of the UUA) workshop called Widening the Welcome. In April 2022, many members of the group attended the TransInclusion workshop and/or the Board sponsored workshop from the Center for the Study of White American Culture.
Individual Chapters, Notes and Discussion Guides:
Introduction through the Trends, slightly edited for ease of reading.
Theology (Feb-April 2021)
Governance (May-June 2021)
Congregations and Communities (July 2021)
Hospitality and Inclusion (August 2021)
Living Our Values (November 2021)
Religious Professionals (February 2022)
Restoration, Reparations, Accountability and Final Thoughts (May-June 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: