Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Announces Fall Programs

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Announces Fall Programs

2023 SNEUCC Justice Summit: Trans and Nonbinary Belonging in the Church takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 AM - 5 PM, at Old South Church Boston and online. Worship, workshops, affinity groups, connection, music and more!

Learn more and register by September 16.

Lunch and Learn Justice Series presented by the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team in partnership with the Center for Transformational Leadership. Sessions will take place from noon to 1 PM the first Thursday of the month, October 2023 to June 2024. Planned sessions include:
  • October 5: 100% ONA with ONA Ministry Team co-leader Kathie Carpenter. Register here.
  • November 2: Becoming WISE: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness in our Churches and Communities with Sarah Lund. Register here.
  • December 7: Book discussion on The Afro-Christian Convention: The Fifth Stream of the United Church of Christ, with Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk and Dr. Julia M. Spelle. Racial Justice Certification component available for clergy. Details to come!
  • January 4: TBD
  • February 1: Welcome.Us webinar with the Immigration, Refugee, and Asylum Task Team about resources for working with migrant communities.
  • Additional programs will center on environmental justice, migration ministry and more!

Cross-Pollination Groups on Monday evenings, facilitated by Rev. Noah Brewer-Wallin, Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These groups, for local church leaders involved in justice issues, are an opportunity to exchange ideas, celebrate successes, and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM: Environmental Ministry (green teams, creation care committees, etc). Register here.
  • Fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 PM: Racial Justice Ministry for local church leaders involved in racial justice work. Register here.
  • Coming soon on the first Monday of each month: ONA Cross-Pollination Group! 

Trans Affirming Church Affinity Groups A small cohort from select churches will meet monthly starting this Fall to:
  • Learn about experiences of trans and nonbinary people and issues they may face, particularly in a church context  
  • Learn about leading transformational change in the church community, including change management to help bring people along with them
  • Participate in peer group reflection on what participants are learning and how it applies to their unique context 
  • Receive a $500 mini grant to lead a program, project, or initiative to help the congregation or community become more trans-affirming. 
Note: Applications for these affinity groups are closed, but there will be opportunities in the spring to learn from the churches' experiences.

Contact Information

Karen Methot

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