The Team for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism (TARAOM) is a dynamic team that meets regularly to advise, collaborate, and assist Wildflower Church and its Board of Trustees with developing strategies, programs, and best practices to better achieve Wildflower’s mission, vision, and goals in becoming anti-racist and anti-oppressive through the use of a multicultural lens. Specifically, TARAOM’s sponsored programs focus on how racism and oppression show up in our interactions with one another and in our institutional systems. Additionally, this team seeks to develop increased multicultural awareness and skill in communicating across cultures, and healing from racialized trauma. It seeks to promote equity in our bylaws, policies, procedures, and practices both systemically as well as organically in our church culture and through our community engagement.
Open Letter Denouncing Gadfly Papers
In alignment with our covenant of Beloved Community, the Wildflower Team for Anti Racism, Anti Oppression and Multiculturalism team prioritizes racial equity, inclusion, and social justice as core components of our faith and works.
We hereby publicly denounce the Gadfly papers written and self published by Todd Eklof, to be wholly in opposition to the tenets of the UU faith and our mission as Wildflowers to spread Love, Justice and Joy.
We encourage members of Wildflower to engage in the ongoing development of racial consciousness, Courageous Conversations about Race, and take action related to social justice issues in our Beloved Community.
As Beloved Community members, we have no tolerance for racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, sexist, ableist or classist ideology.
We are committed to creating and sustaining a spiritual community that is a radically inclusive and welcoming space. To add your name, please sign here: http://chng.it/MQkHdvQQ27
Signed in solidarity with our Wildflowers of the Global Majority; Wildflower Community Partners; UUMA People of Color and Indigenous Chapter; to read their full response click here UUMCPOCI;
Skye Howell (she/her/hers); co chair TARAOM
Karter Axton (he/him/they/them); co chair TARAOM
Adam Hegemier (he/him/his)
Michelle V-M (she/her/hers)
Terry Matula (he/him/his)
Charlie Wellman (they/them)
Susie Epstein (she/hers/her), chair Disability team
Bethany Carson (she/her/hers)
Melita Noël Cantú (she/her/hers)
Laura Chris Green (she/her/ella/suya)
Jan Austin (she/her/hers)
Elke Batis (she/her/hers)
Solveij Rosa Praxis (she/her/hers/they/them/theirs)
Elizabeth Head (she/her/hers)
Who Are We? – Exploring Wildflower’s identity through our congregation’s individual identities
Intercultural communication series: Understanding the impact and importance of culture on connection and communication.
Equity series: Community circles dedicated to shared learning about the socio-historical context of racism in Austin, White Privilege, Implicit Bias and becoming a co conspirator utilizing tools from Courageous Conversations about Race and Undoing Racism principles.
Policy and Bylaw Review: Promote equity throughout the church’s organizational and organic systems by reviewing our guiding documents