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Mosaic Makers Conference: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations

First Church is proud to host the Mosaic MakersConference October 28-30, 2016. This conference isa chance for congregations who are intentionally growing to be more multicultural to come together and learn from one another. Previous conferences were held in Washington, D.C.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and now San Diego.

Mosaic Makers is a dynamic gathering and learning community for teams from congregations deeply engaged in the work of building intentional multicultural community. These congregations, as initially identified by UUA national and regional staff,gather together in spiritual community for two and a half days of community building, multicultural worship, and experiential learning.

This conference is a part of the Mosaic Leadership Institute that grew out of the 2011 MulticulturalGrowth Consultation which brought together congregational leaders from eight UU congregations deeply committed and invested in multicultural ministry to share and learn and journey together.

As we know, multicultural ministries is not about“browning the pews;” it’s about ministering in the context of a larger multicultural community–class,race/ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, gender and gender expression, and ability and the intersections of these (social) identities.

With this in mind, Mosaic Makers events focus on four areas of ministry:

  • Worship: worship that expresses a deep commitment to excellence, professionalism,authenticity, cultural integrity, and intergenerational inclusion
  • Congregational and Community Life: welcome,culturally inclusive hospitality, intergenerational community, and clear paths of belonging and deep engagement
  • Leadership: diverse, shared, cross-cultural,intergenerational, continuous learning, and inclusive
  • Justice Ministry: relational, spiritually grounded,contextual, embracing of larger community, praxis-reflection-praxis centered

Additionally, multicultural ministry is not a solo act.It is a shared commitment that requires staff and laypeople ministry/team leadership. From Kathleen: First Church was chosen as the next conference site for a variety of reasons, including ourSouth Bay bi-lingual and multicultural campus and for the way we engage with our partners around social justice. Registration information will becoming later this month. And we’ll need volunteers to help make the conference run smoothly. Please watch The Window for more details.

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