Justice and Equity Team


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What is the LREDA Justice and Equity Team?

The Justice and Equity Team  (JET) is a committee of the Board. The mission of LREDA’s Justice and Equity Team is to articulate a compelling vision of LREDA as an organization made whole by the empowerment of all our members, assist LREDA in living that vision as an organizational priority, and monitor LREDA’s ongoing progress toward that vision. Our vision of LREDA is an inclusive organization that is intentionally willing to struggle to dismantle legal and social barriers to equal association, act with integrity, and honor the many gifts we bring.

What does the JET do?

The JET focuses on educating the LREDA Board and membership on issues pertaining to six areas of linked oppression: race, class, gender identity, affectional orientation, ethnicity and abilities. The JET meets twice a year for face-to-face meetings – once in the spring and once in connection with the LREDA Fall Conference. In-between face-to-face meetings, the JET schedules regular conference calls. The JET sets its own agenda and priorities for the year in conversation with the Board and with an awareness of the needs of the membership. Some of the work of the Justice and Equity Team includes:

• leading a yearly orientation for the Board on issues related to linked oppression;
• planning and leading workshops at Fall Conference to support religious educators in developing multicultural competencies;
• creating publications on best practices;
• supporting LREDA in honoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion;
• representing LREDA in conversations focused on multiculturalism and inclusion at the continental level.

Justice and Equity Team Charge. 

How are members selected for the JET?

The LREDA Nominating Committee recruits candidates for the DIT. The Nominating Committee considers many elements in terms of balance for the Team and seeks diversity in areas of geographical representation, gender identities and expressions, ethnic and racial identifications, age and life experiences, affectional orientations, abilities and class backgrounds. Individuals interested in being considered should contact a member of the Nominating Committee to request an application.

The JET has elected to hold membership on the committe for two year terms. 

What skills do I need to be considered for the Team?

The JET maintains an institutional understanding of what it takes to work long-term on equity and justice issues. Team members should possess:

• strong self-awareness and interpersonal skills;
• willingness to be transformed by the work;
• familiarity with systems thinking;
• the ability to work effectively within LREDA (as it is positioned vis-a-vis the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Canadian Unitarian Council, and in the larger world of professional religious education);
• a range of demonstrated cultural competencies;
• experience in project planning, presentation and implementation.

Additionally, JET members are expected to prioritize the work of the Justice and Equity Team in terms of their professional expense budgets. The JET also offers financial support for members who do not have expense budgets large enough to cover this work.

Who serves on the JET?

Current members include: Shannon Boston (Chair)Yvette Salinas, Linda Hill, Dolores Miller, and Jamaine Cripe.. Some former members include: Liz Jones, Rev. Natalie Fenimore, Jenn McAdoo, Sylvia Bass-West, Helen Bishop, George Buchanan, Gail Forsyth-Vail, Aisha Hauser, Janice Marie Johnson, Andrea Lerner, Pat Kahn, Chris Parker, Lisa Rubin, Lynne Sabourin, Annie Scott, Jessica York. 

What else should I know about the JET?

Being a member of the DIT is a unique opportunity to engage with colleagues in powerful soul work. Serving on the team allows participants to “walk their talk” and helps move us all towards beloved community of our dreams.

JET Resource Page 

Resources assembled by the LREDA Justice and Equity Team.

LREDA Guidelines for Presenters--created and updated by the JET.