Promoting the Oneness of Humanity
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"For more than 17 years, the Springfield Race Unity Committee, like the city we call home, has struggled to promote unity and build interracial understanding and appreciation. Members of the committee have longed for the day, now upon us, when the Springfield Ministerial Alliance (SMA) and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association (GSIA) would join forces to promote racial unity and the oneness of humanity.
...At least 10 congregations—five from each faith coalition—[will] come together to discuss the state of race relations in our hearts and in our community. The first interdenominational conversation has already taken place. With great success, participants from Calvary Baptist Church and the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation joined forces to recently hold the first of at least two discussions on race....Four other groups from eight different congregations will begin discussions shortly.
All will use Constructive Conversations on Race materials developed by the good people at www.teachingunity.com.…It is fitting that this movement is occurring in Springfield, home to both Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, and the notorious 1908 race riots that led to the formation of the NAACP. If he were alive today, Lincoln would no doubt praise the program’s mission, and encourage widespread participation."
Race Unity Committee
UnityWorks is pleased to offer you an assortment of low-cost digital downloads designed to promote understanding of the oneness of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity.
"Our group met today and consulted on your Conversation Starter document which stimulated a great and lengthy discussion. It was terrific! One of the things that came out of it was a recognition that white people need to change their attitudes and behaviors. We’ve made significant strides over the past 50 years, but so much more needs to be done to address poverty, education, prejudice and injustice. Your document inspired a fantastic conversation on race. Thank you for making this available!”
Seniors CAN: Call for Action Now
"I highly recommend Dr. Gottlieb's educational resources. Her interactive workshops "walk the spiritual path with practical feet"...and bring authentic hope and practical skills to facilitate taking the best next step to heal racism. "
Elizabeth L. Bowen, M.D.
Co-Representative to the UN International
Society of Doctors for the Environment
Many young children already hold negative stereotypes of other racial and ethnic groups by the time they enter first grade.
Parents and teachers can help to reduce prejudice by talking about it directly with children. We can also encourage children to work side-by-side with those from other backgrounds. We can serve as role models. We can give them the tools and strategies needed to form healthy attitudes and relationships, and we can plan specific activities that foster cooperation and understanding.
This easy-to-use practical handbook contains basic guidelines and a sequence of structured activities for facilitating a conversation about race with family, friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, and community groups.
The materials are carefully designed to promote understanding,
so that participants feel free to express their views in a full and frank manner, but with courtesy, moderation and respect.
To Parents and Teachers
2 pages, PDF download
Conversation Starter Kit
15 pages, PDF download
"I am thrilled to see you putting out such an excellent message to the world. Keep up the good work. I definitely believe that things are getting better even though they still clearly have a long way to go. It will take time but will improve even faster with your tools."
Real Estate Broker, CA
Conversations on Race for Kids
Guidelines and Activities
32 pages, PDF download
This booklet is intended as a resource for parents and teachers for talking with children about race. Children need a safe environment to share their experiences, questions and concerns, and to discuss positive ways to respond to prejudice and to promote unity.
Designed for use with ages 8-12, the booklet is organized around four themes: Our Similarities and Differences, Skin Color, Personal Stories, and Overcoming Prejudice. The activities, adapted from our Teaching Unity curriculum, include discussion questions, poems, songs, and four colorful PowerPoints available separately from our online bookstore.