Episode 27: “Breaking Free of Racist Systems and Structures in Your Congregation” featuring Amanda Poppei

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Episode 27: "Breaking Free of Racist Systems and Structures in Your Congregation" featuring Amanda Poppei

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How can a congregation focus intentionally on addressing implicit racism within its own institutional and community life? In this episode Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader of the Washington Ethical Society, describes how her community has made anti-racism work an overarching priority — shaping its identity and congregational practices.

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Amanda Poppei serves as Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. Amanda is also a certified Ethical Culture Leader, having served over a decade at the Washington Ethical Society, a humanist congregation In Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and participated in the Lewis Fellows program for young clergy in 2011-2012

Ann A. Michel has served on the staff of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership since early 2005. She currently serves as a Senior Consultant and is co-editor of Leading Ideas e-newsletter. She also teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary in the areas of stewardship and leadership. She is the co-author with Lovett H. Weems Jr. of Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) available at Cokesbury and Amazon. She is also the author of Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.