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Building a Multicultural & Inclusive Humanist Movement

Humanists of MN welcomes Vanessa Gomez-Brake, Co-president of Bay Area Humanists for a special presentation and discussion on becoming a move diverse humanist movement.  After the program, we will host a causal reception to provide an opportunity to greet Vanessa and to socialize with fellow humanists.  

What does it mean to be a welcoming and inclusive community? How can humanist communities engage, appeal to and build up the secular movement in a way that draws on and celebrates the rich diversity of our world?  What is it about the institutionalized culture of our movement that creates barriers? 

Vanessa’s presentation will draw on her personal and professional experience.  By weaving in her personal narrative, she hopes to illustrate some possible answers to the above questions.  Additionally, she will speak about her work in the interfaith field, and the lessons learned from collaborating with Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindu, Sikh, Spiritual-But-Not-Religious and others. Attendees will be invited to further engage with the topic through discussion and small group activity.

Vanessa holds a M.S. from the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University, and bachelor degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University.  Since 2008, she has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a community educator, peacemaker and interfaith activist. She is a Board Member of the North American Interfaith Network and Director of Operations & Outreach at The Chaplaincy Institute, An Interfaith Seminary & Community.  Currently she is continuing her studies at The Humanist Institute.  

Vanessa is a second generation Filipina American. She was born and raised in Arizona, and spent significant time living in the Philippines and Guam while growing up.  She now calls Oakland, California home.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event! Glad to see these kinds of workshops/talks.

    April 26, 2014

  • Cheryl Moore B.

    Wish I could attend this one. I've only attended one other discussion, which was very good, but I was genuinely surprised by the lack of diversity. Before I could consider becoming a member, I'd need to know how this group intends to pursue multicultural members and adult members of varied ages (get some young people!).

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too bad I'll miss this one. I would have loved to see this groups thoughts around multiculturalism and inclusion. So far it is lacking in both.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Greg H.

    I have long felt that the freedom to question religion and religious orthodoxy an example of American "white privilege."

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Susan H.

    Looking forward to this. Humanists come from all cultural groups. We need to keep the Humanist groups going, need to expand.

    1 · April 3, 2014

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