Multicultural Welcome Ministry (MWM)
UUCF's Multicultural Welcome Ministry seeks to help respond to recommendations from Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, especially from the section on "Hospitality & Inclusion." Our efforts may also contribute to the report's recommendations on "Congregations & Communities" and "Living Our Values in the World." We are also guided by our UU 8th Principle: "journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."
In the area of "Hospitality and Inclusion," we are learning to curate and implement best practices for training greeters and other lay leaders in intercultural competency. A guiding question is, "How do we intentionally educate those who are the front-face of our community to embrace all who seek sanctuary among us in a way that is experienced as welcoming?"
We are committed to co-creating a welcoming congregation through
- deep listening
- dismantling White Supremacy Culture
- connecting every person into communities in which they have a sense of belonging.
Our four areas of focus are:
- Hospitality & Inclusion
- New Members
- Community Engagement & Partnering
- Online Engagement
Most efforts to date have been focused on the first area with the remaining three areas planned to increase in 2022 unless special opportunities arise in the interim. We have a multiyear plan to expand ministry activities and congregational participation. The plan is a living document and will be updated periodically. Inquiries and suggestions are always welcome.
Guidelines for the Roles and Responsibilities of our Sunday Welcome Crew volunteers including Greeters, Ushers, Welcome Desk Hosts and Welcome Guides can be found below [link1]. These volunteers are the front-face of the UUCF community's embrace of all who seek sanctuary among us.
The Steering Committee:
- Bruce Fry
- Jerry Hutton
- Gary Magnuson (convenor)
- Bobbi Mead
- Steve Ramberg (recorder)
- Dick Roblin
- Alice Wong
If you would like to learn more or join with us, please speak to any of our Sunday service volunteers at the Welcome Desk or wearing an orange badge.
(The short link to this webpage is frederickuu.org/welcome.)