DRUUMM is short for Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries. DRUUMM is a grassroots, membership-led Unitarian Universalist (UU) Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) anti-racist/anti-oppressive ministry based in the United States of America. Our members from around the world democratically elect our leadership, known as the Steering Committee, serve in official capacities, and help lead our programs.
DRUUMM’s Mission: As People of Color* mobilized in an anti-racist collective, we unite to:
- Work for self-determination, justice, and equal opportunity, Empower our various ministries,
- Celebrate our diverse heritages,
- Overcome racism through resistance, Transform and enrich Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences.
DRUUMM’s Racial Justice Community Covenant: Resistance and Harmony. Our unique identity within Unitarian Universalism as a diverse, anti-racist People of Color community carries with it both responsibilities and opportunities. Therefore, we covenant with one another to: Change the racial status quo in the Unitarian Universalist Association, Develop tools and strategies to work together, Remain together and present with one another through disagreement and conflict, Connect to this organization and one another throughout our professional and personal affiliations with the UUA, Provide vision and leadership for the Journey Toward Wholeness, Hold one another accountable in our efforts to become an anti-oppressive faith community.
Becoming a member means being in a covenantal community with other BIPOC Unitarian Universalists, sharing resources that provide opportunities for faith formation, leadership development, and transformative change in our faith and the wider world. As an organization, we rely on the support of our members and anti-racist White allies and institutions. Your financial contributions support the administration, communication, and programs of our essential ministry in the world.
Membership is open to any Black, Indigenous and/or Person of Color who agrees with our mission and covenant.
For everyone else, we welcome direct donations securely online with credit or debit cards to support our mission and covenant. Learn more about becoming a DRUUMM by clicking here.
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Individual Membership annual dues start at $15.
Group Membership is available to congregations and organizations who wish to provide DRUUMM membership and benefits to BIPOC members of their organization. A group administrator is required; annual dues start at $300 USD for up to 20 members. A Global South Group Membership option is available for congregations and organizations based in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Tribal/Indigenous, Middle Eastern, and Arab regions of the world, with dues starting at $10 USD for up to 10 members. Click here to sign up for a DRUUMM Individual or Group Membership.
- Access to BIPOC-specific programs and activities.
- Opportunities to build relationships with fellow BIPOC UUs, including access to our Membership Directory.
Access to our Slack space and Facebook The Gathering Place, private groups for DRUUMM members to network, build relationships and organize together.
- Leadership development, including skills training and opportunities with the larger Unitarian Universalist Association.
- Faith development opportunities through DRUUMM worship and services.
- Access to our pastoral care and chaplain support.
- Mentoring and spiritual growth.
- Justice-making and transformation as part of a larger BIPOC UU collective.
The DRUUMM Steering Committee sets an annual budget where dues are invested, matched, and used to help leverage resources to support:
- Our DRUUMM community building, faith formation, and institutional change work, including In-person regional gatherings and training that connect new BIPOC UUs into our community of care in partnership with area UU congregations.
- A digital ministry that includes virtual events via Zoom, moderating The Gathering Place, our private FB group for members, and maintaining a directory of members and resources on our website, druumm.org.
- Pastoral care through our Chaplain Team of Ministers of Color, who counsel and mentor members, write letters, officiate ceremonies and send tokens of gratitude.
- Culturally-specific caucuses come together for mutual aid and community.
- Elder Spiritual Odyssey records the stories of longtime BIPOC leaders in Unitarian Universalism and shares them publicly.
- Journey Towards Wholeness anti-racism, anti-oppression change work.
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