Maybe my English will be better in this post.
Let me be clear, if you are INVITED to participate in a religious ritual of a group to which you are not a part, of course that’s not misappropriation. You were INVITED. Com’mon friends, let’s use our common sense here. Cultural misappropriation is not about participating in an event/ritual to which one is invited. It [cultural misappropriation] is about organizing that ritual when no one who will be participating in it is a member of that group. Hence my example of the Passover Seder.
Let’s clear up something else too. There is a difference between EDUCATING people about different religious rituals and misappropriating them. Many UU ministers will have sermons in the upcoming weeks talking about the symbolism and meanings of the Jewish High Holy Days. That is not misappropriating them. That’s educating. Misappropriating them would be for a UU church to have High Holy Days services. See…common sense.
Like I said in my original post, maybe there needs to be some clarification of the terms in the by-laws . I have no doubt about that. Most things UU need that kind of clarification. But something needs to be said and it’s about damn time somebody said it.