Apply Now: See No Stranger Reflection Groups

Cover of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur

Apply by January 22; groups will begin meeting in mid-February

Applications are now being accepted for our third offering of Reflection Groups, to begin in mid-February or early March. These small groups meet twice a month for six sessions, at two hours each. Applicants are matched to groups of eight or so and asked to commit to attending all sessions. Most meet in person at UUC; some offer a Zoom attendance option.

UUC Reflection Groups encourage the experience of discovery, solace, hope, and courage through UU spiritual exploration, reflection, and meditative practice in the supportive company of others. Our guiding text will be See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur. Guiding texts are chosen in alignment with our church-wide intention to directly encounter diversity, offering a spiritual and cultural perspective that we hope will be new for most UUs. By engaging terms and concepts likely to be outside the known and comfortable, Reflection Group participants will have the opportunity to practice loosening rigid personal habits and cultural norms and gain insight into adapting and applying meaning in a more fluid frame of circumstances and lived experience. 

The author is a Sikh activist, civil rights lawyer, mother, and filmmaker. She declares revolutionary love to be the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. We are invited to imagine new ways of being with each other—and with ourselves—so that together we can begin to build an inclusive world that declines fear-based politics.

For more information and to apply online, visit Reflection Groups at UUC. Read the introduction to the program there, and find the application at the bottom of the page. Paper applications will also be available at the church starting this Sunday. Applications are due by January 22. Groups will be formed by February 1.

We also recommend you watch Valarie Kaur’s 20-minute TED Talk, “Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage,” which provides compelling context for Kaur’s belief that the darkness we feel is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb. The link to this video is included on the page for information and application to Reflection Groups, too.

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