Dismantling Racism Study Group

Why We Are Here

Here, today, in this place and with these people,
May we listen so that we can hear;
May we hear so that we can feel;
May we feel so that we may know, and
May we know so that we can change ourselves and this world.
May this chalice we light,
Light our Way

by Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom

The Dismantling Racism study group was formed in 2019 to engage Canadian Unitarian Universalists in conversation to identify efforts and explore possible actions to dismantle racism in our communities.

In the summer of 2020, the study group circulated a survey to learn about perceptions and experiences of racism in our congregations. Interest in the survey surged following the death of George Floyd in May 2020 in the US and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests that occurred as a result.

The CUC Dismantling Racism Final Report 2021 on that national survey was released in May 2021. It includes an analysis of the preliminary data and recommendations for further action toward dismantling racism in ourselves, our communities, and our congregations.

The members of the study group reflect racial, regional and generational diversity:

Beverly Horton (Hamilton) – Co-Chair
Rev. Julie Stoneberg (Peterborough) – Co-chair
Douglas Ennenberg (Vancouver)
Charmaine Ferworn (Mississauga)
Ashlyn Noble (Winnipeg)
Pamela Smith-Loeters (Mississauga)
Catherine Strickland (North Shore, Vancouver)
Tamiko Suzuki (Vancouver)

If you would like to share a personal story of your experience of racism, the Study Group would like to hear from you. You can contact them at dismantling-racism@cuc.ca