Multicultural Renaissance Module
Multicultural religious education is a way of seeing and thinking as well as doing. It requires us to truly open our minds and hearts to the perspectives and experiences of others. It requires the humility to see those diverse perspectives to be as valid as our own. It calls us to welcome and include the unfamiliar, those who may be outside our comfort zone. It asks us to acknowledge the realities of oppression and privilege. It means we are open to change and growth, and ultimately care more about justice than comfort.
It is about establishing a culture in your program that makes space for multiple perspectives. It’s a way of asking questions, that we might bring groups that have been on the margins into the center of society and encourage those in the dominant culture to make a commitment to resist and challenge systems of marginalization and oppression.
While there are many dimensions of “multiculturalism,” this program focuses on racial/ethnic identity. Everyone has racial/ethnic identity, and this program is for everyone. Participants should leave both inspired and prepared to initiate change.
Rev. Natalie M. Fenimore currently serves as the Minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. Prior to this, she has served as a Parish Minister at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD, and as a Minister for Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA.
In addition to serving on the Board of Starr King, Rev. Fenimore also serves on the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM). She is a past-president of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association (LREDA) and a member of the UU Minister’s Association Professional Guidelines Committee.
Rev. Fenimore holds a M.A. from Hood College and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Fenimore is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level.
Rev. Fenimore is an engaging preacher and worship leader who brings passion to lifespan religious education and faith development. In her own words, “religious education is central to Unitarian Universalism…a process of giving an outline for living. Religious education encompasses all aspects of learning and growing.”