UUs of Color are invited to join monthly, online gatherings beginning in May, 2013. Jessica York, UUA Director of Youth Programs, will convene groups for adults, young adults, and youth of Color looking to create community within Unitarian Universalism. "Whether someone is in a congregation where they are one of a few People of Color, in a congregation with a solid community of People of Color, or affiliated with no congregation at all, there are other UUs who could benefit from being with you," says York, a black religious educator who is part of a UUA staff team creating resources to help Unitarian Universalism become more multiculturally welcoming. The group will use a small group ministry format. People who identify as Latino/a and Hispanic, multiracial/multiethnic, Native American, Asian, Arab, African descent, transracially adopted, and bi-racial are encouraged to join a gathering.
Learn more and find the schedule of meetings at http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/286649.shtml
The North UU Congregation in Lewis Center, OH and the North Hills UU Church in Pittsburgh, PA are among the six congregations selected for the Central East Regional Group (CERG) Threshold Congregation program. They join the nine congregations selected last year and the nine congregations selected in 2011. Other OMD Congregations participating in the program include First Unitarian Church, Pittsburgh, PA (2011), UU Church of Akron, OH (2012) and UU Fellowship of Wayne County, Wooster, OH (2012). Read the full article on the CERG website; or learn more about the Threshold program.
The UUA Accessibility Office and Equual Access have been working on the development of a certification program for congregations who want to be recognized as more inclusive of people with disabilities in congregational life. The link below is to a document announcing the pilot phase of this project and inviting congregations to submit applications to be part of the pilot project.