Tracy Breneman

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.Tracy Breneman grew up in northern Illinois, raised United Methodist as the daughter of a UMC minister. She appreciates her UMC roots while embracing Unitarian Universalism as a faith more consistent with her beliefs and living values. She is a religious educator currently serving the UU congregations in Mt Kisco and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She enjoys supporting multi-congregational collaboration that builds shared ministry.

Tracy has a background in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and finds the lens and tools helpful in her service to congregations. She serves her colleagues as a LREDA Good Officer and has held leadership positions in the Metro NY LREDA Chapter. With Meagan Henry, she co-authored a Coming of Age credo writing retreat for Murray Grove that she has enjoyed leading in the congregations she serves and at Murray Grove. Part of her youth ministry outreach includes serving on the board of the yearly Westchester County, NY PrideWorks Conference for LGBTQ youth and allies. This will be her first visit to Star Island!