A Weekend of Personal and Congregational Reflection at UUC
Next weekend, April 29-30, UUC will offer two days of special focus and learning around intercultural awareness and systems of white supremacy. Here’s a summary. Printable flyer here: April 29-30 Flyer
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Intercultural Awareness and Practice: Developing Skills for Deepening our Faith and Community
At UUC, we aspire to be increasingly open to the vast, rich diversity of human experience, as an expression of our UU values and as spiritual growth and wholeness. As UU leaders, this means nurturing the ability to create strong interpersonal relationships across difference, developing skills that help us leave the safety of known ways, and actively supporting each other as we grow and change, both as persons and as a congregation.
This experiential and concrete workshop will help us see why and how we get stuck when working across differences and will offer ways to see and talk about systemic oppression as we consider nine important aspects of identity – age, disability, religious culture, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin, and gender. You will leave with some next steps to consider for yourself and your relationships or projects. Lunch is included. No charge for this workshop, part of the ongoing UUC Leadership Development series. Presented by the Rev. Beth Chronister and the UUC Equity Team.
Please register on-line or through the UUC office. Maximum 45 participants. Childcare is available if reserved at registration.
Sunday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Many Faces of White Supremacy: A Call to Congregational Reflection and Action
UUC will join nearly 600 other UU congregations responding to a call from the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) to focus Sunday programming across generations on patterns and systems that perpetuate racism in our UU congregations. White supremacy in this context is defined as “a set of institutional assumptions and practices, often operating unconsciously, that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.” (See Rev. Jon Luopa’s pastoral message and the BLUU UU White Supremacy Teach-in for more background on this.)
- Coming of Age and Youth Group will meet together in Knatvold
- Middle School, OWL and children’s programs will meet in their usual classrooms
- 9:30 & 11:15 Worship Services
- Processing Circles, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Childcare following the 2nd service only.)
- 101: “Where do I start?” Beginning conversation on whiteness and race
- 201: “How do I continue? What do I still not see?” Working to uncover white supremacy
- POCI (People of Color, Indigenous): Connecting in community