This is exactly what I talked about in my MDIV thesis:
When it comes to our own racial and cultural identity, our policy seems to be “don’t ask, don’t tell.” I find this both troubling and puzzling in light of our commitment seventeen years ago to create a “racially diverse and multicultural Unitarian Universalism.”
From Paul Rasor’s Berry Street Lecture 2009
Without data, we can’t address equity, and thus we end up speculating and working from poor assumption. I was at GA but missed this presentation, and alas only now took the time to read it. It is really quite fascinating, and I agree (and unfortunately disagree in part with the response from Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt …”But in the end, this is not, and never will be, a numbers game”) that it is helpful to understand our context through census numbers. I’d write more, but it is midnight.