BUUF Racial Justice Ministry, 2/6/2020

Meeting Minutes

Present:           Eileen Oldag, Tom Neale, Don Stepich, Diane Ryssel, Mary Beth Bolin, Reverend Sara

Next Meeting:  February 19, 2020@11:00a.m.

  1. Announcements:
    Path to Racial Allyship program Intersectionality 3/02/20 6:30-8:30p.m.
  2. Discussion:
    1. Overall positive evaluation for White Fragility program. Consider more time for discussion. Encourage couples to split up and mingle with others in order to increase potential for expanded dialogue.
    2. Discussion regarding seeking an invitation to put on a presentation for the BUUF humanist group.
    3. Group consensus not to continue sponsoring the Changing Spaces Webinar. Nancy will be notified to make note in the bulletin, and interested folks will be encouraged to participate individually.
    4. Reverend Sara joined the discussion for the Multicultural Transformation Day. Reverend Junipher would facilitate a Saturday workshop, possibly followed with a Sunday message. The Inter Cultural Development Inventory (IDI) would be administered to willing participants. Participant costs for workshop would be $30-35.00. May also partner with Magic Valley. Dates selected and to be confirmed: 10/03 and 10/04/20.
    5. “The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights offers a Human Rights Certification Program. The program is open to individuals, costs $35, and is completed online. It’s independent learning so it can be completed at your own pace. The program is 36 hours long, including a pre-test, post-test, and 6 one-hour modules with the themes of diversity, inclusion, ethics, civility, respect, and be an upstander. Each module includes 6 ten-minute segments.” (This was a point of discussion, and determined that it can be taken individually by anyone interested).
  3. Racial Justice Ministry Path to Racial Allyship Series dates and topics:
    • 11/04/19 White Privilege (Don and Tom)
    • 12/02/19 Implicit Bias/Good and Bad Binary (Eileen and Diane)
    • 02/03/20 White Fragility (Diane)
    • 03/02/20 Intersectionality (Tom)
    • 04/06/20 Systemic Racism (Don)
    • 05/04/20 The Pillars of White Culture (Eileen)

Ongoing Team Focus:
Short videos for discussion
Recruiting speakers
Advertising events
Fund raising options
Offering a book series Waking up Whiteand Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving (Eileen)
Story circles
Congregational Read
Discussion groups
Handouts and media sources