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Beyond Categorical Thinking

“Beyond Categorical Thinking” Is…

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a UUA workshop for congregations searching for a new minister. The Ministerial Search Committee invites all members and friends to participate. This workshop includes a 90-minute ZOOM meeting Friday 10/16 @7-8:30pm and Saturday 10/17 @10-11:30am, followed by the Sunday service.

Join Our “Beyond Categorical Thinking” Workshop – Oct. 16-18, 2020

“Will the new minister hear me?

Will my concerns and needs be met? 

Will the minister understand what I’m living with?

How will the community respond to our minister?”

In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender identity, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, race, sexual orientation, etc.) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister. 

On Oct 16-18, 1U will participate in Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) – a workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. 

The 1U Ministerial Search Committee invites all congregational members, leaders, and friends to participate in this workshop.

The BCT program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair and unintentional discrimination in the search process for a new minister. 

When:  Fri. 10/16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10/17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Sunday morning service (Registration due by Oct. 13, 2020)

What:  In the workshop, 1U members will:

  • Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
  • Learn more about the ministerial search process and
  • Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.

Who:  Keith Kron, Dir. Of Transitions Office, UUA
Note: In the survey, you will encounter the term BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
If you absolutely cannot use
Zoom and want to participate in the BCT please contact Gregg at greggbuckingham@gmail.com.

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About Rev. Keith Kron

Rev. Keith Kron is the Director of the Transitions Office for the UUA, helping congregations and ministers as they navigate the ministerial search process.

 He is the former Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  He held that position for over 14 years from 1996-2010.

 He has visited over 450 UU congregations across the continent, helping them in Welcoming Congregation work, Beyond Categorical Thinking workshops, and public witness.

A former elementary school teacher, Keith also has taught an online class for Starr King School for the Ministry, our UU seminary in Berkeley, on children’s literature.  He also leads workshops on the enneagram, plays and teaches tennis, and collects children’s books in his spare time (He has over 8,500 of them.). 

He is 59 and currently lives in Providence, RI. His parents live in Ocoee, FL, and his sister and her two children, live in Oakland, FL.