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In this episode we chatted with Rev. Ranwa Hammamy and Sana Saeed about what’s new with DRUUMM, Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries.

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Rev. Ranwa is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain. She currently serves as a Chaplain with the Center for Elders’ Independence in Oakland, CA. Raised Muslim, she identifies as a UU-Muslim, and is one of the co-editors for the in-process Muslim Voices in Unitarian Universalism text. Born in the US to Egyptian and Lebanese parents, Ranwa had a “Third Culture Kid” experience, living in-between, as both, and as neither Egyptian-Lebanese and American. One result of this lived experience is her dedication to ministering to the “both/and” – not only by identifying intersectional identities and movements, but also by reaching out to individuals whose multiple identities place them in the margins or outside of their communities. Within Unitarian Universalism, Ranwa has lived this commitment in her ministry to youth and young adult participants of the Multicultural Leadership School/Thrive. When not wearing her ministerial hat, Ranwa finds enjoyment and sustenance singing in a local choir, cuddling with her cats and partner, and dreaming up plans for her anti-Islamophobia baking and community ministry “Shugaria Law.”

Currently, Sana is working on her third graduate degree as a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) pursuing Unitarian Universalist ministry. Born in Manchester, UK she moved to the USA when she was sixteen. As a dual citizen, she grew up in a Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu, Punjabi, as well as, English. Her upbringing inspired her love for traveling. Hence, she has traveled to thirty countries so far. She became interested in Unitarian Universalism, after being hired as a Director of Youth Ministry for the UU Church of Arlington, where she frequently was asked the question, “What is a Muslim doing working in a church?”. Since then she’s been immersed in UU and Muslim communities through various interfaith endeavors and hopes to become one of the handful of UU Muslim ministers’ part of the UU community today.

The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley, Michael Tino, Aisha Hauser and Christina Rivera, with production support provided by Jessica Star Rockers. The VUU streams live on Thursdays at 11 am ET.

Note: This audio has been slightly edited for a better listening experience. View the live original recording on Facebook.

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