Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team
Started in 2007, the Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team, informally known as DARTT, is the lead group for anti-racism and cultural diversity at PBUUC. DARTT coordinates numerous activities, both within our congregation and in the nearby community, to raise awareness about racism and to promote personal and spiritual growth toward a more just society.
In addition to regular monthly meetings, DARTT has sponsored Diversity Dialogues centered around current events, the Journey Toward Wholeness film series, and several Sunday services throughout the church year, including Kwanzaa. DARTT works with other PBUUC groups, including the Social Action Committee, on various activities.
After several years of providing opportunities for self-reflection and education in anti-racism and multicultural competency to the congregation, DARTT decided it was time for the congregation to more fully embrace the tasks of transformation. In the spring of 2011, it drafted and held a well-attended forum on a resolution to this effect. The final wording, adopted unanimously at the June 2011 Annual Meeting, is:
"To more fully realize our Unitarian Universalist Principles, we, the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church community, declare ourselves an Intentional Multicultural Congregation. Therefore, we commit ourselves, the Board of Trustees, staff, committees, affinity groups and lay leadership to inclusive actions to transform all aspects of congregational life in ways that affirm our multicultural identity as the foundation of the church's strength."
Inclusive, Multicultural Practices
DARTT strongly advocates the use of two inclusive, multicultural practices presented by Taquiena Boston, Director of Multicultural Growth and Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association, during the Leadership Forum on Intentional Multiculturalism held at Paint Branch on the January 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
The first of these is called 'Mutual Invitation,' a practice that differs from the 'round robin' approach in that each speaker concludes by deliberately inviting someone else to speak next. Members of a group focus on listening to others and share the responsibility to include everyone present before anyone speaks a second time.
The second multiculturalism-promoting practice is called 'Process Observation' which involves using a set of questions to challenge group members to consider all demographic groups in their decision-making.