What is SPAG?
SPAG is a yearly Social and Political Activism Gathering planned and hosted by youth at the University Unitarian Church in Seattle. You may remember SPAG from such Cons as “EqualiCON”, or “ConstitUUtion”, “CON Nom Nom”, or “CONsUUme.” This year we’re changing the format a little and hosting an overnight retreat (6pm Friday March 10th– 6pm Saturday March 11th) exploring the theme “What UU Can Do.” There will be youth-led workshops and worships, guest speakers and workshop leaders, and an intention of meaningful gathering and spiritual development. Through activities, workshops, and small contemplative groups we will explore and practice:
- Why do we do what we do?
- What spiritual practices or resources can you cultivate in the service of activism and justice?
- How can we discern where we are called to act or what causes resonate with us?
- What does effective activism and engagement look like as a UU, as a young person, and as a citizen?
- When approaching activism from a place of privilege how do we practice solidarity and accountability?
There will be lots of fun and play time so that everyone can leave SPAG feeling rejuvenated, but everyone is expected to participate in the workshops, projects, and worships. We ask that you commit to SLEEPING ON FRIDAY NIGHT after worship so Saturday can be productive and fun.
Registration fees, deadlines, and scholarships:
-Early Registration (Postmarked by January 29th) $50.00
-Final Registration (Postmarked by February 26th) $75.00
Send check (payable to University Unitarian Church (UUC), with SPAG written on the memo line) and registration forms to:
University Unitarian Church
6556 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
We don’t want anyone to be turned away for lack of funds. Partial scholarships are available for youth – please contact Melody Moberg, Director of Religious Education at University Unitarian Church, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you are mailing in registration materials after February 24th, please call or text Laura Jansen, the registrar, (206-499-1337) to make sure there is still space.
YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. All registration materials must be postmarked by February 26th. Please make sure you have received email confirmation from us by March 2nd. Unregistered people will be sent home at their expense.
What Should I Bring?
- Brown Bag Dinner for Friday Night- to allow for as much awesome programming as possible we ask that you prepare your own food/ eat on the way to the retreat on Friday night. Dinner will not be provided.
- 1 change of clothes
- Shoes you can comfortably walk in
- Toiletries, etc. (There are no showers at UUC so make sure you bring deodorant!)
- Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow
- Anything else you need such as medication, etc.
- An open mind and a readiness to engage!
Also feel free to bring instruments, CDs, MP3 players, poetry, games, and other things that are both legal and within the spirit of PNWD youth culture.
We will have a no-talent show during lunch on Saturday. If you want to perform, come prepared!
Accessibility – SPAG will have:
- Wheelchair access
- General car parking
- Basic seating
- An accessible toilet, and a gender neutral toilet
- A quiet space throughout the retreat (day and night)
- A single stall restroom, and gender neutral restroom are available. To promote accessibility for trans* and gender-nonconforming participants, signage on restroom doors will read “We welcome gender diversity here. Please use the restroom that feels most comfortable to you.”
- There will be folks taking pictures during the weekend, possibly with flash.
- There will be adult and youth chaplains serving the community during the weekend for everyone’s emotional wellbeing
- There will not be: a hearing loop, an asl interpreter.
- If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, or if you need to be in a scent-free or nut-free environment, please contact Laura Jansen at email@example.com or (206)-499-1337