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    • 21 Feb 2024
    • (PST)
    • 20 Nov 2024
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom upon registration
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    The Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Caucus of DRUUMM hosts a monthly virtual coffee hour for community and discussion every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 6:30pm Pacific/8pm to 9:30pm Eastern.

    Hosted by the AANHPI Steering Committee. 

    If you have any questions, please send an email to Evelie Delfino Såles at Evelie511@gmail.com.

    • 04 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612 & via Zoom
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    Bay Area DRUUMM Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries invites you to our SPRING RETREAT (in-person and online) on Saturday, May 4th from 11:00am-4:00pm at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th (doors open for breakfast at 10:30am).

    Together we’ll create a gathering space for Bay Area BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Unitarian Universalists and BIPOC friends that centers our community, with elements that focus on connection: with self, with each other, our church communities, and beyond.

    Please consider donating what you can to this LINK to help support costs of the event. Please write DRUUMM in the comment section.

    We look forward to gathering with you!


    • 08 May 2024
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • via Zoom & Livestream
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    Dear DRUUMM members, friends and supporters,

    Each year we host a DRUUMM worship service that is open to all. As our ministry and membership grows, this worship is also our major fundraiser to support our pastoral care, community organizing, and antiracism work. This years donations and sponsorships will specifically help us establish a new DRUUMM Fellowship for seminarians and young organizers. You are an important part of our community. We hope you will join us and share the word with your networks. We invite you to join us for:

    Choosing Joy! DRUUMM Public Worship

    Rev. Ali K.C. Bell, Guest Preacher
    Saunder ChoiDirector of Music
    Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, Liturgist

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024
    8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific

    OPEN TO ALL
    Available via Zoom &  Livestream

    Our worship is grounded in the theme of Choosing Joy! Living with Intentionality and Purpose. Be with us as we explore sustaining joy amidst adversity, inspired by Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Discover how a joyful heart can be your sanctuary, even when spirits are tested. A celebration of resilience, purpose, and the healing power of joy. Rev. Carol Thomas Cissell is our liturgist.

    Please REGISTER and ask your congregation to SPONSOR

    Rev. Ali K.C. Bell is a Black, Neurodivergent Transgender man and an Unitarian Universalist minister. His pronouns are he/they or Rev. Bell. At Cedar Lane, Rev. Bell’s portfolio includes pastoral care, membership engagement, multicultural ministry, memorials, and worship and adult Faith Formation collaboration.

    Before he began his theological studies, Rev. Bell attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his Master of Social Work. He had an extensive career in social work, helping some of the most challenged and diversely in-need populations.

    While earning a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Rev. Bell served as the Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair and as a Senior Learning Fellow at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. After Graduation Rev. Bell served as a Chaplain Resident at Grady Health System.

    Rev. Bell serves Montgomery County as a member of the Montgomery County Anti Hate Task Force, and as co-chair for the Coalition of Inclusive Schools. He serves on the UU Ministers Association's Nominating Committee as a Co Chair. Rev. Bell applies his skills and talents to enrich the ministry of prophetic hope, salvation, and liberation that he brings to the world.

    Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer and choral artist whose works have been performed internationally by various groups including Conspirare, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, World Youth Choir, Brightwork New Music, People Inside Electronics, and many others. As an arranger and orchestrator, Saunder has written for Tony-Award winner Lea Salonga, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, etc.

    As a choral artist, he sings with Pacific Chorale, L.A. Choral Lab, HEX Vocal Ensemble, as well as in film scores such as the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King (2019), Mulan (2020), Turning Red (2022), Nope (2022), Avatar: The Way of the Water (2022), etc. Saunder believes in music as advocacy, using the media as a platform for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice. His compositions are focused on narratives and conversations surrounding immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ+ advocacy, climate justice, and representations of his identity as a Filipino-Chinese. He is currently Director of Music at Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica and a teaching artist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. www.saunderchoi.com

    Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel is the Minister of Social Justice & Community Development at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, in Arlington VA. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from the University of Maryland, University College. Before joining the UUCA congregation, she served UU congregations (as a Settled and Interim Minister, and in other roles) in PA, MD, CA, WA, OK and NJ.

    Rev. CTC is currently the chair of the UUA Commission on Appraisal and serves her colleagues as the treasurer of the UUMA. In the fall of 2023 she joined the DRUUMM leadership team the role of 2nd Vice President.

    CTC is passionate about Interfaith Activism, Seeking Justice, Crafting Exuberant Worship, Prophetic Preaching, Travel, and Small-Batch bourbon. A fan of thrillers and contemporary poetry, she also loves day hikes and live music in small venues (blues, folk, classic rock and a bit of country).

    Rev. CTC finds JOY in collecting the masterworks of Native American and First Nations Peoples artists, rooting for the Washington Nationals, parenting 2 amazing adult children and stealing kisses from her delicious grandsons as often as she can.

    If your congregation or community is interested in becoming a SPONSOR, please consider completing our Sponsorship Form. Sponsors commit to a pledge or offering in 2024, and will receive a recording of the worship service that may be used at a later date.

Past events

20 Apr 2024 Changes To Our UU Principles: DRUUMM Spring Caucus
12 Mar 2024 DRUUMM & UU the Vote present Faith in Action: Lifting BIPOC UU Voices & Mobilizing for Change in 2024
25 Feb 2024 Worship Together with Yvonne DuVal & UCH Choir
20 Feb 2024 SWANA-Arab & BIPOC Solidarity Caucus
12 Feb 2024 DRUUMM Happy Hour
31 Dec 2023 Ceasefire Teach-In: Voices from the Global South
17 Dec 2023 Stop the Carnage: A Unitarian Universalist Vigil for Gaza
10 Dec 2023 A Unitarian Universalist Vigil for the Survival of Gaza
03 Dec 2023 Refugee In My Own Home: A UU Vigil for Gaza
26 Nov 2023 For Those Who Hope To Survive The Night: A Unitarian Universalist Vigil for Gaza
19 Nov 2023 Staying Human: A Unitarian Universalist Vigil for Gaza
16 Nov 2023 Member Orientation - November Session
12 Nov 2023 Worship Together with Rev. Xolani Kacela
04 Nov 2023 Fall Caucus: Multiracial & Families of Color (virtual)
29 Oct 2023 Worship Together with San Antonio Gente Engaged in Unitarian Universalism (SAGE-UU)
25 Oct 2023 Elder Spiritual Odyssey with Taquiena Boston
02 Oct 2023 Member Orientation
01 Oct 2023 Worship Together with Rev. Verdis LeVar Robinson
22 Sep 2023 New Orleans Gathering with DRUUMM SC
19 Sep 2023 Getting Free Together: A Celebration of Love and Ancestors
17 Sep 2023 Worship Together with Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti
23 Aug 2023 Installation Ceremony of the DRUUMMM Steering Committee 2023
22 Aug 2023 We Count What Matters Orientations Aug 22, 28 or 30
24 Jun 2023 DRUUMM Annual Meeting (virtual RSVP)
21 Jun 2023 DRUUMM Village at GA Pittsburgh
23 May 2023 DRUUMM Spring Caucus: UUA Presidential Forum
11 May 2023 DRUUMM Public Worship
26 Apr 2023 New Member Orientation
19 Apr 2023 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Coffee Hour
19 Apr 2023 Vigil of Remembrance
04 Apr 2023 SF Bay April 4 Gathering
31 Mar 2023 DRUUMM Texas Retreat
26 Mar 2023 Chicago March 26 Gathering
18 Mar 2023 Los Angeles March 18 Gathering
17 Mar 2023 Jubilee Anti-Racism Workshop for People of Color
16 Feb 2023 New Member Orientation
16 Feb 2023 Member Forum w Steering Committee
14 Dec 2022 UU Theology: Class Followup Session
07 Dec 2022 Member Orientation
12 Nov 2022 Atlanta BIPOC Community MeetUp
26 Oct 2022 A 2-part BIPOC Series in Theology by Rev. Xolani Kacela: Thinking Theologically and Beyond Theological Basics
13 Oct 2022 New Member Orientation
01 Oct 2022 DRUUMM Fall Caucus: Spiritual & Religious Journeys
15 Sep 2022 Installation Ceremony of the DRUUMMM Steering Committee 2023
22 Jun 2022 GA 2022: DRUUMM Programs
30 Apr 2022 DRUUMM Cultural Caucusing: The Circle of Continuing Life
16 Apr 2022 DRUUMM Peer Network for April 19, 2022
14 Apr 2022 UU Principles DRUUMM Listening Session
01 Apr 2022 DRUUMM Gathering in San Antonio - April 1-3, 2022
29 Mar 2022 Spiritual Odyssey with Rev. Mel Hoover
15 Mar 2022 DRUUMM Peer Network for March and April
06 Mar 2022 Watch Party: Dr. Leon Spencer Spiritual Odyssey
15 Feb 2022 DRUUMM Peer Network Welcomes Rev. Mel Hoover
30 Jan 2022 DC-Maryland-Virginia Gathering
15 Jan 2022 SF Bay Gathering - "Resilience in Belonging"
05 Jan 2022 Spiritual Odyssey with Leon Spencer
19 Dec 2021 Remembrances for Mathew P. Taylor
18 Dec 2021 African Descent Caucus of DRUUMM
17 Nov 2021 Diversity of Tactics and Care: Community Organizing and Sustainability
16 Oct 2021 Latinx Caucus of DRUUMM
13 Oct 2021 Pacific Cluster Gathering - 2nd Wednesdays
10 Oct 2021 Member Orientation - Oct 2021
04 Oct 2021 Remembering Our Divine Self
30 Sep 2021 Spiritual Odyssey with Michelle Bentley
18 Sep 2021 DRUUMM Regional Caucuses
09 Sep 2021 Member Orientation - Sept 2021
04 Sep 2021 Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. HOPE Johnson
02 Sep 2021 Indigeneous/Native Caucus of DRUUMM
17 Aug 2021 BIPOC Models of Ministry with Rev. Jen Simon
11 Aug 2021 Member Orientation - Aug 2021
02 Aug 2021 Installation Ceremony of the DRUUMMM Steering Committee
06 Jul 2021 Member Orientaion - July 2021
25 Jun 2014 General Assembly 2014 June 25-29, Providence, RI
14 Mar 2014 People of Color Regional Gathering
17 Jan 2014 DRUUMM/ARE 2014 Conference at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA
22 Sep 2013 Ordination of Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa
16 Feb 2013 DRUUMM & ARE NEW ENGLAND GATHERING
06 Oct 2012 UU Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage
05 Apr 2012 Multicultural Leadership School for Youth and Young Adults
22 Jun 2011 Join Us at General Assembly!!!
25 Feb 2011 East Coast UU POC Gathering at Penn Center
14 Jan 2011 West Coast Gathering for Renewal and Hope
29 Jul 2010 Protest Against Arizona SB 1070
26 Jun 2010 People of Color/Latina/o/Hispanic Worship Too!
25 Jun 2010 DRUUMM Annual Membership Meeting
25 Jun 2010 General Assembly Worshop #3053 Self Identity Who Am I?
24 Jun 2010 Worship for People of Color/Latina/o/Hispanic
24 Jun 2010 #2052 Creating A Multicultural Future: the Question of Governance
19 Mar 2010 DRUUMM West Coast Regional Gathering
28 Jun 2009 GA 2009 DRUUMM Annual Meeting
24 Jun 2009 GA 2009
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