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Building an anti-racist movement among white Unitarian Universalists in ways that are accountable to communities of color.  


The 2016-2017 ARE Steering Committee is currently implementing the transition related to its new Organizational Structure adopted in July of 2017.  The Team with which each member will hold primary accountability is listed.  

Transitional Coordinators are Lori Stone-Sirtosky and Carolina Krawarik-Graham.  Contact: theTeam@uuare.org


 

Rev. Karen Armina:  Internal Life & Support Team

Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd: 

Rev. Chris Jimmerson:  Membership & Outreach Team

Carolina Krawarik-Graham:  Events & Actions Team

Rev. Donna Renfro:  Internal Life & Support Team

Carrie Stewart:  Liaison & Representation Team

Lori Stone-Sirtosky:  Finance Team {Lead: Treasurer} & Transitional Admin.

Ken Wagner:  Liaison & Representation Team (former&pro-forma President)




Rev. Karen Armina:  Internal Life & Support Team


Karen is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and currently serves as the settled minister at the James Reeb UU Congregation in Madison, Wisconsin. She comes to ministry out of a background in ecology, and credits her seminary experience with starting her on the journey into anti-racism work. This journey has led her into participating in anti-racism workshops and trainings in several settings, and into joining Allies for Racial Equity. She has focused mainly on deepening her understanding of multiculturalism and systems of racism and oppression, and is most interested in deepening her multicultural competency and exploring it in the contexts of environmental justice and interfaith work.  She was a member of the reStructure Team that developed ARE's new organizational model.  


Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd: 

Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd is a fourth generation Unitarian Universalist originally from Boston. Her mother is a United Church of Christ minister and her father is an active UU lay leader. She was very active in YRUU and served in leadership positions including Continental Spirituality Development Conference Trainer, Youth Caucus Worship Coordinator and Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees. As a young adult she served as the Facilitator of the Steering Committee of the Church of the Younger Fellowship for three years. She studied Theatre and Film at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She received her Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained by Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. She is currently serving as the Coordinator for Youth Ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie. She shares her home with her husband, Seth, their daughter Miriam and their two puppies. 



Rev. Chris Jimmerson: Membership & Outreach Team 
Chris should really submit a bio, since he was a member of the reStructure Team that developed ARE's new organizational model.




Carolina Krawarik-Graham: Events & Actions Team 

Carolina Krawarik-Graham became immersed in social justice activism around Arizona's SB1070 and helped organize UU involvement for the National Day of Non-Compliance in 2010. Since then, she's focused on participating in and planning various Non-Violent Direct Actions, growing a multi-cultural social justice team, developing trainings and workshops, and raising AR/AO/MC awareness in her communities. 


Feeling strongly that counter-oppression work is foundational to the overall health of our religious community, Carolina is honored and excited to be able to bring her passion, enthusiasm, and "mad" organizing skills to the role of Conference & General Assembly Coordinator, and hopes to be tasked with as many projects that involve a spreadsheet as possible. She works as a private caregiver, loves mountaineering and wearing penguin pants, and lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, Jim and various housemates.  She was a member of the reStructure Team that developed ARE's new organizational model. 



Rev. Donna Renfro:  Internal Life & Support Team





Carrie Stewart:  Liaison & Representation Team

As the Owner and Principal of One World Consulting, Carrie has served various communities and organizations in their quest for greater understanding, and inclusion of diverse individuals.  She serves as Chair of the Education Team on The Steering Committee of the UU Allies for Racial Equity, as Chair of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference Racial Justice & Diversity Task Force and as a diversity and conflict consultant to SWUUC and the UUA Southern Region. Through workshops, training, conflict transformation, mediation, facilitation, dialogue and coaching, Carrie creates opportunities for bringing groups together to find common ground.

 

Carrie holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Smith College, and a Master’s in Communication and Information Studies, specializing in Intercultural Communication and Diversity Training from Rutgers University.  She has additional multicultural and antiracism training through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Journey Toward Wholeness program, Stir Fry Consulting, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Plowshares Institute, and the National Coalition Building Institute where she served as Assistant Director for the Central Texas Chapter.



Lori Stone-Sirtosky:  Finance Team Lead, Treasurer







Ken Wagner:  Liaison & Representation Team

Ken is former-and-pro-forma President of Allies For Racial Equity (ARE).  He is also the former president of the Clara Barton District, the District Presidents Association and First Parish Church of Stow & Acton and, together with his spouse Laura, is currently a member of First Parish Church in Northborough.   He began his anti-racist journey during the anti-war movement in the Viet Nam era, but didn’t begin understanding or unraveling his own role in the perpetuation of oppression until he began working in what was called a "white-privilege" group in early 2004 in his congregation.  Since that time, he has collaborated with a number of such groups to sponsor and facilitate workshops and film series within several congregations and conducts AR/AO/MC Sunday services upon invitation from congregations around New England.  Ken regularly facilitates and leads the discussion of films sponsored by ARE at General Assembly each summer.  He is the proud father of four children, including one teenager still at home, a grandfather of one and lives in Marlborough with Laura.  He was a member of the reStructure Team that developed ARE's new organizational model.


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