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Building Beloved Community at UUCF:
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This Spring, the Dismantling Racism Team begins a series of Sunday conversations on race, white supremacy and cultural appropriation. These are informal gatherings to raise awareness, deepen our spiritual growth and understanding of these and other issues we face in our community and country.
All are welcome and encouraged to join us for one or any of our onversations.
Sunday, April 9th:
- Hanging of the 'Black Lives Matter - Join the Conversation Banner' at 9:00 am at the front portico of UUCF, and then;
- Building Beloved Conversations, 12:30 pm (Sanctuary): we'll have a conversation about the banner as well as recent events in the UUA and the events leading up to the resignation of President Peter Morales.
- Sunday, March 26:
- Friendly Forum discussion about the history of the Electoral College, Gerrymandering and Race facilitated by the Rev. Mike Morse at 10:30 a.m. in Room 113, and then;
- An open conversation at 12:30 p.m. regarding ideas for 'Building the
- January 21 – Building Authentic Diversity with Revs. Rob Keithan and Rebekah Montgomery UUCFairfax
- An analytic framework and concrete skills for effectively developing relationships across differences
- Focus on change in a congregational context
- Participation is open to everyone regardless of previous experience with this kind of work.
February 18 - Seminary For A Day: Revolutionary Love with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis – Cedar Lane
March 11-12 – Workshop and Worship with Chris Crass, Anti-Racism Movement Builder – All Souls, River Road
April 28-30 – Revolutionary Love Conference with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis – Middle Collegiate Church, NYC (Early Bird discount of $150 ends November 13th)
Upcoming Events at UU Arlington
Living the Pledge to End Racism November 12 & 19
Islamophobia: Replacing Fears with Facts November 9th @ 7:30 p.m.
UUs Called to Dakota Pipeline Protests
- Through Standing on the Side of Love, minister of North Dakota congregation calls UUs and clergy to join the protests: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/news-brief-ssl-call-dapl?utm_source=uuworld&utm_medium=front&utm_campaign=picks
- And, directly from Standing on the Side of Love: http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/ourstories/we-need-you-in-standing-rock
- Interview with a clergy member at Standing Rock: via Standing on the Side of Love
- Follow UU Fellowship & Church of Bismark-Mandan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BismanUU/
UUA Board commits $5.3m towards Black Lives of UU
- Here's what UU World wrote: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/board-commits-5-million-bluu
- The write-up includes some very moving comments about the process used to make the commitment, including:
- Rev Carlton Smith's description of how the process the UUA Board followed to make this financial pledge was a spiritual one.
- Acknowledgement of the broken promises in the 1960s around money promised to black UUs.
- Lena Gardner's call to us to the "theological underpinnings" and to "sit with ideas around atonement, around reconciliation, around breaking covenant, around trusting black leadership in particular and what that means, and around living more deeply into our faith values".
You can see a wonderful video recording of some members of BLUU reflecting about this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H-AHz4sf1g&feature=youtu.be
Lena Gardner said, "it's just really important that we don't lose center of the support and nurturance that black folks in our country are in need of right now, and in particular, UUs in really white congregations, and so a lot of our work as I see it going forward is about that spiritual nourishment, about building and supporting black UUs and continuing the work that we've already started . . . we're really clear that we don't want it to just be like the six of us [as the core part of the Black Lives of UU Collective] making a decision on behalf of people without bringing them into a process of true and authentic building together of what we want to do with this money . . . [black UUs are] fully capable of deciding and doing it together in a truly democratic way".
Lena and others described how the Convening for Black UUs (staff, members, and friends of African descent) that is coming up in New Orleans from March 9th to 12th is an essential part of that coming together and inviting many voices.
Here is a link for folks to go to in order to learn more about that Convening as details become available: http://www.blacklivesuu.com/convening2017/