BUUF Racial Justice Ministry, 10/31/19

Meeting Minutes

October 31st, 2019 @ 9:30a.m.

Present: Eileen Oldag, Thomas Neale, Don Stepich, Diane Ryssel, Mary Beth Bolin, Ministerial Intern, Reverend Sara LaWall

Next Meeting: November 14th, 2019 @ 1:30p.m. at BUUF

Processed Social Justice Resolution Feedback Day. Following extensive discussion, it was decided to move forward with the existing 8th Principle, all being in agreement to support the ongoing UUA process regarding the 8th Principle as it unfolds. The Social Justice Committee will be advised regarding intentions to move forward. Rewrites will be done to the “Whereas” sections, along with a letter of explanation to the Board. Delivery to the Board by 5:00p.m., November 18th, 2019.

  1. Announcements:
    1. RJM Program: White Privilege November 4th, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30p.m.
    2. Social Justice Meeting November 5th, 2019, 6:00p.m., BUUF Library
    3. Rewrite to the Board by November 18th, 2019, 5:00p.m. BUUF
    4. Collective Thriving Conference December 3rd thru the 5th, 2019.
  2. Discussion:
    Processed Social Justice Resolution Feedback Day. Following extensive discussion, it was decided to move forward with the existing 8th Principle, all being in agreement to support the ongoing UUA process regarding the 8th Principle as it unfolds. The Social Justice Committee will be advised regarding intentions to move forward. Rewrites will be done to the “Whereas” sections, along with a letter of explanation to the Board. Delivery to the Board by 5:00p.m., November 18th, 2019.
  3. Upcoming RJM Program – White Privilege.
    1. Tom and Don will co-facilitate, and Eileen will offer support with refreshments, internet, sound check, along with a program agenda appearing on a slide with screen presentation.
    2. Don has provided a detailed program agenda for the facilitators, along with overview and resource handouts.
    3. Beads have been purchased. String and scissors still need to be collected.
  4. Eileen suggested offering processing time for folks who might desire discussion outside the monthly program offerings. Eileen and Don will cover the initial meetings following the 11/04 program. Dates, time, and place to be determined.
  5. Racial Justice Ministry Path to Racial Allyship Series: Six programs (1) per month. White people doing white peoples work. Offer a brief overview at beginning of each session with a handout.
    Dates and topics:
    1. 11/04/19 White privilege
    2. 12/02/19 Implicit bias including microaggression/good and bad binary
    3. 02/02/20 White fragility
    4. 03/01/20 Intersectionality
    5. 04/06/19 Systemic racism
    6. 05/04/19 Racial literacy and allyship

Tom and Don will team up on the 11/04 class

Eileen and Diane will team up on the 12/02 class

What do you want people to walk away with?

  1. Increased awareness of white privilege
  2. White people need to do the work (understanding this is our job)
  3. Increased awareness of opportunities.

Summary:

  • Don – Continue preparation for 11/04 White Privilege session.
  • Tom – Continue preparation for 11/04 White Privilege session.
  • Eileen – Snacks, internet connection, laptop with links for video presentations 11/04 White Privilege class. Amending “Whereas” sections dealing with the 8th Principle, and drafting explanatory letter to the BUUF Board.
  • Diane – Email sign-in sheets to Don.
  • Mary Beth – Continue to offer great feedback and helpful insights, which we each greatly appreciate. J

Ongoing Team Focus:

  • Short videos for discussion
  • 12/02/19 RJM Program
  • 8th principle
  • Recruiting other speakers
  • Advertising Events
  • Fund raising options
  • Offering a book series Waking up White in the spring (Eileen)