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Centering

Centering

Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry

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The 2017-18 UUA Common Read

A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the UUMA and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership.

Editor: Mitra Rahnema

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The 2017-18 UUA Common Read

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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Introduction
Rev. Mitra Rahnema

Othering and Belonging
Rev. Darrick Jackson
Response
Rev. Lilia Cuervo

Hiding from the Beloved, Hiding from Authenticity
Rev. Summer Albayati
Response
Rev. Dr. William Sinkford

The Preacher's Art
Rev. Lauren Smith
Response
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Representing
Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti
Response
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

The Religious Educator of Color
Rev. Natalie Fenimore and Aisha Hauser, MSW
Response
Rev. Sofia Betancourt

How Dare You? Mi Likkle, but Mi Tallawah!
Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
Response
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Faithful Stubbornness
Rev. Peter Morales
Response
Rev. Marisol Caballero

Trust Thyself
Rev. Walter LeFlore
Response
Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper

Call Me Reverend Sweetie
Rev. Cheryl Walker
Response
Rev. Christina Shu

Discussion Cues
Rev. Mitra Rahnema

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