Happy New Year everyone! First UU Growth Blog post of the year shares the UUA’s new “A Religion for Our Time” video featuring First Parish in Cambridge, MA. Amy and I live in the area and were delighted to participate in the installation of our friend, the Rev. Lilia Cuervo, as well as film some of this exciting event. ~Peter
Opening the Doors to Diversity is the latest video in the UUA’s Religion for Our Time video series.
I invite you to share your learning and ideas from watching this video in comment section below.
First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has begun the process of transforming into a multiracial and multicultural congregation. For years, the congregation talked about becoming more diverse, especially as their surrounding neighborhood became home to more and more immigrants. After learning about the Diversity of Ministry Team (DOMT) Initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), First Parish turned talk into action, and made a commitment to participating in the DOMT Initiative. With support from the UUA, the congregation has engaged in an intentional process of education and conversation about multiculturalism, established a Transformation Team, and called Rev. Lilia Cuervo as the congregation’s first settled Latina minister.
“The most difficult part is the preconceptions, the prejudices that people have…” explains Cuervo. “We try to open to other cultures, to appreciate other cultures. Not to ‘tolerate,’ but to really understand, get to love, and get to embrace other cultures.”