Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
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In October 2015, a group of distinguished UU religious professionals of color gathered together in Chicago to embark on a radical project. The conference was sponsored by the UUMA’s Committee on Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism. It started with the premise that discussions of race in Unitarian Universalism have too often presupposed a White audience and prioritized the needs, education, and emotions of the White majority. The goal was to reframe Unitarian Universalist anti-oppression work by putting the voices, experiences and learnings of people of color at the center of the conversation. The resulting book, Centering, captures the papers that were presented and the rich dialogue from the conference to share personal stories and address the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally White denomination. Centering explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.
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About the author

Rev. Mitra Rahnema is a biracial Iranian American lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She is currently offering her ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, California. Prior to Long Beach she served communities in Grosse Point, Michigan; Mission Viejo, California; and Kansas City, Kansas. She is currently a member of the UUMA Committee on Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism. She has dedicated her life toward building vibrant and engaged anti-oppressive communities.

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Publisher
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
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Published on
Dec 31, 2017
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Pages
222
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ISBN
9781558967991
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Language
English
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