Aisha Hauser is an accomplished religious educator, facilitator, author and advocate and is currently serving our faith as the President Elect of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, she will move into the Presidency July 1, 2020.
While Aisha started her professional career in the field of social work after earning a MSW from Hunter College in NYC, she quickly became involved in the religious education program in the first Unitarian Universalist congregation she attended and there found her love of religious education. Her experience includes serving three UU congregations on both the east and west coast and working for the Unitarian Universalist Association serving as Children and Families Program Director.
Aisha, along with Christina Rivera and Kenny Wiley, co-created the UU White Supremacy Teach In movement. She worked with Christina and Kenny to lead a group of 25 religious educators from all over the country to curate resources for congregations to utilize in learning about how we are all effected by racism. The UU White Supremacy Teach In resulted in two thirds (almost 700) of our UU congregations making time to understand how institutional racism and white supremacy was playing out in a liberal faith community. This proved both exciting and challenging. Exciting because we were finally having a conversation about critical race theory and naming that we are socialized for a preference for white leadership. The only way to change that dominant paradigm is to acknowledge its existence. The UU Teach In continues to offer resources to congregations through a website that is staffed by volunteers to continue the work of dismantling institutional racism. She is one of the authors in the groundbreaking book, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry. Aisha worked with religious educators from all over the country to curate resources for congregations to utilize in learning about how we are all affected by racism.
Aisha is the recipient of the 2018 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education.
- Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry Discussion Guide by Aisha Hauser and Gail Forsyth-Vail.
- The Religious Educator of Color, chapter co-author with Rev. Natalie Fenimore in, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017)
- A Gift to Me, chapter in Testimony The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism edited by Rev. Meg Riley (Skinner House, 2017)
- Our Justice Communities, Aisha Hauser, chapter in The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide, Sixth Edition, edited by Rev. Susan Fredrick-Gray (Skinner House, 2019)
- Wonderful Welcome, faith development online curriculum for K-1 grade level
- A life lesson from Hollywood, article UU World Magazine