Widening the Circle of Concern

The commission was formed to “conduct an audit of the power structures and analyze systemic racism and white supremacy culture within the Unitarian Universalist Association” because, one, “…many of our congregations are in trouble, with dwindling membership, participation, and financial contributions. A factor that contributes to this decline is our Read more…

Stuck in the Doorway

Threshold moments tend to bring great tension, conflict, and both inner and outer wrestling. Overwhelmed by the tension, we often find ourselves stuck in the doorway, peering ahead into an unknown future and holding on to the assurance of past experience. This message will explore the idea of tension as a creative force and strategies for stepping boldly into an unknown future while choosing carefully what elements of the past should be carried across the threshold.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – YouTube series

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is a safe place to have the uncomfortable conversations about race that many people have never been able to have. But enough is enough – I want to remove the barriers for why we’ve never had these conversations. I want to provide a free space for curious white people to answer the questions they’ve always had but have been too nervous to ask. Like, “How can I have white privilege if I’m not wealthy?” or “is racial profiling ok if black people tend to commit more crimes” and my personal favorite from a 19-year-old girl from rural Alabama named Amy who asked, “if black people can say the ‘N’ word, why can’t I?” And many, many more.

Press Release

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield MO welcomes Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman as its new minister. She begins her duties today, July 1. Scott-Huffman already is familiar to many Springfield residents through her position as campus minister at Ekklesia Progressive Campus Ministry, a leader in interfaith conversations at Missouri State University. Read more…