Multicultural Entrepreneurial Ministry

Multicultural Entrepreneurial Ministry

Crowdfunding Completed: July 9, 2014

Amount Funded: $0

Project Owner: The Sanctuaries, DC

Short Description of Project

Seize our multicultural future by supporting and learning from the next generation of leaders.

How was this project connected to UU?

The Sanctuaries is in active relationship with many Unitarian Universalist organizations and individuals. Leading theological schools are eager to have their students come and learn with us. Our local Joseph Priestly District continues to give us organizational support and advice. And many individual collaborators and mentors provide invaluable guidance (see list above). Finally, this project reflects our commitment to empowering future religious leaders.
This project strives to meet Rev. Peter Morales' charge to ‘cross boarders, grow leaders and get religion’. By bringing together a religiously and racially diverse group of people, seminarians will cross borders by working in an explicitly multicultural context. As a scholarship for Unitarian Universalist seminarians exploring entrepreneurial ministry, we are developing a pipeline to grow leaders. As an ordained UU minister, Rev. Erik Martinez Resly will work with aspiring ministers to 'get religion' and develop their strategic, organizational, and theological skills.

Full Description of Project

1. What's this about?

We need to invest in the next generation of leaders. And we want them to be trained in multicultural contexts so that they can launch innovative ministries that are truly welcoming. That's why we're asking for your help to create a scholarship fund for seminarians to learn first-hand what it takes to lead successful entrepreneurial ministries in our increasingly diverse world.

The fund will enable ministers-in-training of any financial background to spend a summer living, learning, and working with The Sanctuaries in Washington, DC. It will also provide seminarians with the materials and workshop opportunities they need to deepen their multicultural competency and improve their leadership skills.

Rev. Erik Martinez Resly will work with each seminarian to discern what aspect of multicultural ministry they feel called to, and together, we will will share our learning with you so that we can move into our multicultural future together.

2. What is The Sanctuaries?

The Sanctuaries is a racially and religiously diverse arts community in Washington, DC, committed to spiritual growth, creative collaboration, and social justice. It was founded in 2012 by UU minister Rev. Erik Martinez Resly.

The video below is an example of the socially conscious art we create. Four Sanctuaries artists collaborated across their many differences to write, record and perform "Love Reaches Out." Check out the video by clicking the image below. You'll receive a free download of the song with any donation to our Faithify campaign!


3. Who supports this?

We are grateful for the support and guidance from these diverse and visionary individuals.

Rev. Dr. Lee Barker - President, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Taquiena Boston - Director of Multicultural Growth and Witness, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom - Chair, Andover Newton Theological School Board of Trustees
Rev. Angela Herrera - Associate Minister, First Unitarian, Albuquerque, NM
Carey MacDonald - Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Dr. Richard Speck - District Executive, Joseph Priestley District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Xochitl Alvizo - Co-Founder, Pub Church Boston and PhD Candidate, Boston University School of Theology
Rev. Eric Cherry - Director of the International Office, Unitarian Universalist Association

Note: Our thumbnail image depicts the Nigerian-American singer Zara Gretti, a guest on our monthly podcast Soulidarity. The interview, which you can listen to here, was the last that she gave before she died of MS.