Unitarian Universalist History 101
May 6, 13, and 20 • 12:30-1:30 p.m. • Robbins Parlor
This class is an introduction to concepts and people from our history. Each session will focus on compelling stories and some of the people who embodied our faith at different key moments in time. How does history translate into our own lives and spiritual practice? Topics will include:
May 6: A Question of Resilience & Courage
May 13: A Question of Identity
May 20: A Question of Calling
Racial Justice Movie Night: The Tulsa Race War of 1921
Friday, May 11 • 7:00 p.m. • Robbins Parlor
Join Unity Church members and friends for an ongoing film series to further our growth in the understanding and challenging of white supremacy and structural racism. Popcorn will be served and there will be time for conversation.
We will watch a documentary that tells the horrific and little-known story of the destruction of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Known as “The Black Wall Street,” it was one of the most vibrant, successful, black communities in the U.S. until strident prejudice set the town on fire. The conversation will focus on the role Unitarians have played both in the causes of the Greenwood War and what reconciliation has been pursued.
Boston Pilgrimage: October 17-22, 2018
Janne and Rob will lead email@example.com pilgrimage to the Unitarian Universalist homelands of New England. Visit Plimouth Plantation and wander the streets and back lanes of Boston and Concord. Explore the historical roots of our faith and our democracy and walk the paths that our religious ancestors walked. If you are interested, please email Janne at firstname.lastname@example.org. The trip will cost between $1400-$1800, exclusive of airfare.
Open Page Writing Sessions
Led by Consulting Literary Minister Karen Hering, Open Page writing sessions are opportunities to correspond with the "still, small voice within." Using stories, poetry, images and objects as well as wisdom from religious teachings, science and history, participants reflect on the month's theme in their own words and on their own pages. No writing experience is necessary.
Sessions are free and are held at Unity Church. Email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Choosing Hope • Wednesday, May 16 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“Hope is not merely an emotion that comes and goes. It is a virtue, resulting from a conscious, deliberate choice and long practice,” says writer Mary McDermott Shideler. Where do we find hope in the world today, and how might we choose it and practice it?
Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem
Experiencing the Racial Body and Mind
Friday, June 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. // Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a..m-3:30 p.m. • Unity Church–Unitarian
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Cost: $50-$150 sliding scale fee, lunch included.
Resmaa Menakem and Robin DiAngelo will co-lead this rare opportunity to address both sides of the “dance” of racism.
Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she will provide the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Developing racial literacy is a foundational step, but we won’t address racism through an intellectual understanding alone.
Racism is also about the body. The body is where we live, where we fear, hope, and react; where we constrict and relax; and where we fight, flee, or freeze. The body is where we store the lessons of racism. Resmaa Menakem, a social worker specializing in trauma, will explore the inherited trauma of white supremacy. This trauma doesn’t just affect African American and other bodies of color; White American bodies suffer their own historical trauma as well. We all need to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we at last heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation. The process differs for people of Color and White people, but all of us need to heal our racialized trauma —and, with the right guidance, all of us can.
Together Resmaa and Robin will connect the mind and the body within the system of white supremacy and offer a map for healing.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books including, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Resmaa Menakem is an expert on conflict and violence. He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. Resmaa currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers. He is also a therapist in private practice in Minneapolis. His current book, My Grandmother's Hands, is the 2018 Unity Church Congregation Book Read.
Child care for Church Events
Unity Church offers childcare for all church-sponsored events. The child care is free of charge but reservations are required. Please fill out the online form to request childcare for a church-sponsored event.
Wellspring Wednesday is a multi-generational opportunity to gather midweek at church for food, fellowship, and fun. All are welcome. This is a time to engage in religious community, a time to cultivate our values and beliefs. Click here for weekly programs details.
Embodied Spiritual Practice
Tuesday Meditation at Unity Church
A portion of the time in Unity Sangha’s Tuesday meditation meetings is devoted to teaching and discussion to deepen our understanding of the meditation path and its roots. Join us Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Ames Chapel. Meditation instruction is offered at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Please notify Ken Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come for instruction.
Wellspring Wednesday Yoga
Come just as you are, no previous yoga experience needed. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, we will have a few available for loan. Class begins at 7:15 p.m.
Kung Fu at Unity Church
The House of the Upright Ox, a weekly Kung Fu class at Unity Church, approaches martial arts as spiritual practice focused on resolving conflict on multiple levels. Hung Gar Kung Fu is a beautiful Chinese martial art which emulates the movement and disposition of the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, and Leopard. We welcome curious first-timers and experienced martial artists to join us for a practice which calms and invigorates the spirit and body. Join us on Saturday mornings in the Body Room from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This class is recommended for ages 15 and older. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Bryan Kujawski at email@example.com.
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