We, Unitarian Universalists, are called to build the Beloved Community.  To do that, UUs must attend to the
unfinished business of dismantling racism and oppression in our congregations and Association and with
our community partners.  How do we stand in solidarity with the social movements of our times and how do
they change us? How do we help to preserve and strengthen a multicultural democracy in this country?

This workshop addresses the 8th Principle and multicultural change as a developmental process for
congregations.  How have other UU congregations approached the spiritual and structural aspects of
moving more fully into our vision of the Beloved Community?  What tools will help you accomplish the
tasks?

Workshop is held over Zoom.

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Schedule:

Friday, April 19th:
Session: 6:30 – 8:30 PM (2 hours)

Workshop Part 1

~ To introduce strategies for working toward long-term cultural change and to elicit the knowledge of
participants about how to engage the congregation.
~ To share a framework for how collaboration and accountability shape the racial and social justice
history of institutions in the United States.
~ To engage participants in an interactive experience of the transformative power of the 8th Principle.
~ To address the relationship between the 8th Principle and the Article II Study Commission’s
process.

Saturday, April 20th:
Session 1: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (2 hours)
Lunch Break: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Session 2: 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM (2 hours 15 min)

Workshop Part 2
~ To build on concepts from Part 1 of the workshop, and to provide an integrated approach for understanding
the complexity of congregations, a pathway to change, and the range of individual reactions.
~ To provide hands-on experience with tools for assessing institutional readiness for change, create
an umbrella conversation while engaging members/leaders in collective discernment about
widening the congregation’s ministries.
~ To help congregations answer the question, what is next?
~ To gather baseline data that will serve for strategic planning and measuring/assessing the
congregation’s progress.


Paula Cole Jones’ Bio:
Paula Cole Jones is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and a Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations. She is an innovator of institutional change. In 1999, Paula founded ADORE, A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity. Her work includes being a leader in advancing the 8th Principle and the Community of Communities as practices of the Beloved Community. Paula is the author of a UU World Magazine cover story, Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline. She is also the editor of a Skinner House book, Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity and a contributing author to three Skinner House books, including the UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth. Recently, her home congregation recognized her with The Paula Cole Jones Transformation Award and honored her as the inaugural recipient. In 2022, Paula was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School.