DRUUMM Blog   

  • 23 Apr 2015 7:30 PM | Joseph Lyons (Administrator)

    Pursuant to the DRUUMM By-laws, we are notifying members of proposed by-law amendments intended to improve the operations of DRUUMM and clarify current practices.  The DRUUMM Steering Committee will be establishing a Policies & Procedures Handbook to support the day-to-day management of DRUUMM.  Current DRUUMM Members will be asked to vote on these by-law amendments at our annual meeting Friday, June 26th, 2015 in Portland Oregon. 

    Please send any comments in advance to DRUUMM Secretary Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons  jsantoslyons@post.harvard.edu.

    DRUUMM Bylaws Proposed for 2015

  • 03 Nov 2014 4:18 PM | Joseph Lyons (Administrator)
    Please join the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the UUA, and DRUUMM for a one-hour online vigil, "We Who Believe in Freedom: A Vigil for Ferguson" on November 11, 2014 at 8PM EST (5p Pacific/6p Mountain/7p Central).
    This live gathering will be led by UU presenters of color giving voice to the depth of feelings that continue to rise up around escalating inequalityundefinedspecifically, racial inequality.  This vigil follows on the heels of the recent Mass Mobilization Call to Missouri and of mass vigils across the country.
    Attend this vigil to bear witness, to lend support and sanctuary, to offer and receive comfort. Attend this gathering to foster healing within a UU religious context led by UU religious professionals of color.
    Presenters are Rev. Maria-Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa, Christopher Sims, Adam Dyer, Rev. Sofia Betancourt, Emerson Zora Hamsa, Gregory Boyd, Duncan Teague, and Dr. Janice Marie Johnson.
    To register, contact Lesley Murdock at lmurdock@uua.org.  Log in details will be emailed the day before the event.  Please RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited and we will be opening up registration to a larger audience on Thursday, November 6.
  • 15 Oct 2013 10:18 AM | Anonymous
    Jan Carpenter Tucker invites us all to a DRUUMM Regional Conference at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Diego, CA. Here is the press release below. 

    “Creating Family in Community” Regional Conference 
    in January 2014

    FOR RELEASE October 8, 2013
    Media Contact: Jan Carpenter Tucker, roarwithsoul@cox.net

    Diverse, Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)* will present a full weekend Regional Conference January 17-19, 2014 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Diego, California. “Creating Family in Community” is the theme that sets the stage for intergenerational exploration of the ways we examine, redefine and name ourselves in relationship to others. In a spirit of openness and welcoming we build the beloved community, sometimes grappling with the tough issues of oppression and privilege, but always circling back to the ways we celebrate together with love, joy and compassion. 

    Friday night opens with a joyous celebration open to everyone. Hosted by poet and spoken word artist, Christopher D. Sims, the evening will feature an all ages line-up of local and imported poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and dramatists. Performers will have an opportunity to garner donations for their organizations that are in alignment with the vision of DRUUMM as we seek to build a meaningful anti-racist, anti-oppressive multicultural, multiracial community. Refreshments will be served at a late evening reception. 

    Saturday will be a day filled with workshops and identity caucuses for DRUUMM members and friends. Anyone is welcome who self-identifies as a Person of Color (not considered “White” in the USA, such as people with African, Asian/ Pacific Islander, Latino/Latina/ Chicano/Chicana/ Hispanic, Native American/ Indian/ First Nations, West Indian/ Caribbean, Middle Eastern, or multiracial heritage), or who has encountered personal oppression in overt or subtle forms because he or she appears to be of a racial or ethnic identity other than White or Anglo/European.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Saturday night’s family gathering dinner will give multicultural, multiracial families of many definitions and configurations an opportunity to relax and unwind together followed by some fun music and our best dance moves as we venture out to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of San Diego. 

    A bevy of DRUUMM ministers from across the country will preach at all three worship services on Sunday, 9:30 and 11:30 at the Hillcrest Campus and 9:30 at the South Bay Campus. All are welcome to attend. This remarkable event will reach even further in deepening our connections and understanding at a Sunday community luncheon and forum where the congregations will share their reflections with each other and then bid farewell to enjoy the beautiful San Diego region before heading home. 

    Registration fees and other details will be announced soon. The conference is partially sponsored by the church’s ROAR with SOUL (A Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team) - We Resist Oppression And Racism with a Spirit of Openness, Understanding and Love. 

    Find out more by contacting Jan Carpenter Tucker, roarwithsoul@cox.net or 619-527-2850. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/JTWSD

    * DRUUMM provides support and advocacy for Unitarian Universalist (UU) People of Color (POC) and works to build a community in UUism. We work for self-determination, justice, and equal opportunity; empower our various ministries; celebrate our diverse heritages; overcome racism through resistance; and transform and enrich UUism through our multicultural experiences. We strive for an accountable relationship with our allies of Anglo/European descent for the purpose of building a larger UU community committed to transforming UUism into an anti-racist, ethnically multicultural movement.

  • 10 Jan 2013 5:53 PM | Anonymous member

    Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)

    & Allies for Racial Equity (ARE)

    New England Regional Gathering

    February 16, 2013 * 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

    Venue: First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist

    3 Church Street, Harvard Square http://www.firstparishcambridge.org/Directions

    9:00-9:30 -  Welcome and Introductions

    9:30-10:00 - Worship Service

    10:00-11:00 - DRUUMM & ARE: Visions and Covenants

    11:00-12:00 - Guided Small Group Discussion

    12:00-1:00 -  Lunch

    1:00-2:00 - Guided Small Group Discussion Continued

    2:00-3:30 -  Plenary: Sharing & Moving Forward

    3:30-4:00 -  Closing Ceremony

    Sponsor: Transformation Team, First Parish Cambridge UU:

    For More Information:  Contact mcv59@yahoo.com

  • GA

    08 Jun 2012 2:26 PM | Anonymous member
    I won't be at the GA, but I wish you all the best.
  • 10 Jun 2011 7:54 AM | Anonymous member
    See our EVENTS section for more details.
  • 25 Apr 2011 6:22 PM | Anonymous member
    We will be posting the GA events soon.  We also want to track other DRUUMM members and what they are doing at GA so post it here!
  • 12 Sep 2010 11:58 AM | Anonymous member

    Letter from the UUA Board of Trustees
    GA 2012 – A Justice GA in Phoenix, AZ

    (reprinted from the UUA website)

    At the August 26th Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees meeting considerable time was spent in discussing our presence as a General Assembly of congregations in Phoenix in June of 2012. We are asking for your assistance now as we prepare for this event. A business resolution was passed in Minneapolis which makes several requests of the board. Read entire letter and resolution (PDF).

  • 05 Sep 2010 1:09 PM | Anonymous member

    We now have 155 members registered through this DRUUMM website.   As the Membership Coordinator, part of my role is to update registrations, add new members and process renewals.

    To complete this task, please make sure that when you register and renew, please fill in all requested information, including commonly-used identification for racial or ethnic identity.

    Note that according to the DRUUMM bylaws, People of Color may register at the various membership levels, and white allies may register as allies of DRUUMM.  I will do what I can to correct membership registrations on my end, and may be in touch with you for clarification.

    In Peace, James

  • 28 Jun 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Dear Friends,

    I want to thank all of the members of DRUUMM and ARE who worked and are working so hard to make sure that we come to some sort of reasonable agreemetn about how to have a meaningful religious witness in Phoenix.  Several important steps were taken at General Assembly this year.

    One thing is clear--the work on this will continue after General Assembly and if you have an interest in being part of a team that DRUUMM is putting together on this issue, please let me know.  We don't know exactly what will be needed--and we know much will be to help honor the promises and commitments our delegates made this past week.

    If you want to learn more, please go to  http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/167331.shtml

    and look at the Immigration Study item and the items about the proposal (especially the mini-assembly where DRUUMM was well represented).  I do not have an electronic text of the final wording, however, will post it as as soon as possible.


    All best,  Leslie Takahashi Morris




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