The Diversity & Inclusion team was formed in 2015, with members serving at the invitation of the former minister Rev. Bert. The group primarily discussed issues of racism. Then, Rev. Bert left and the group was dormant until fall of 2017, with the arrival of our interim minister Rev. Marsh. At this time, the Diversity & Inclusion Team is evolving (slowly) into an open group with membership not limited to people from historically oppressed groups. The group planned and delivered a service on August 5, 2018 (“Different Makes a Difference”), and is working to determine how it will operate relative to a number of other groups in the church.

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is open to anyone who is interested in promoting the inclusion of a wider range of people (and the cultural expressions that are meaningful to them) in our Beloved Community. Now is a great time to get involved, as we move toward a new model of collaboration that acknowledges the interconnections of so many of the issues and concerns affecting historically oppressed groups. The group has tentatively identified the need to increase our understanding of issues specific to various groups as well as our ability to engage in and facilitate conversations about difference/diversity. In this way, we hope to leverage the collective energies and wisdom of the five teams that make up the Committee:

  • Accessibility Team/Accessibility Inclusion Ministries (AIM)
  • Black Lives Matter Sign Task Force
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team
  • LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
  • Stone Soup (which focuses on economic diversity and the unrecognized needs of people living with limited financial means)

UU Lansing is committed to fully including and embracing people with disabilities in the life of the congregation, and we are pursuing AIM (Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry) Program certification.

EqUUal Access consists of Unitarian Universalists dedicated to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities in Unitarian Universalist communities and the broader society. All are welcome to join. It’s free, although donations are appreciated.

If you are interested in attending a Diversity and Inclusion Committee meeting, please contact uulansingdiversity@gmail.com.