Understanding Detention and Deportation
Wednesday, August 2 • 7:00 p.m. • Sanctuary at Unity Church
Virgil Wiebe is the Robins Kaplan Director of Clinical Education and a Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, where he leads the immigration clinic. He has been practicing immigration law since 1995. Virgil will address the topic of deportation and explore questions including: How does someone become subject to deportation? What are the various legal methods for removing someone from the United States, and how can they be challenged? How do the criminal justice and immigration systems interact? What are the differing roles of law enforcement, immigration authorities, and the courts? What has been the role of prosecutorial discretion in this system, and how has it changed under the current administration? Virgil will answer these questions and more! This event is organized by the St. Paul Sanctuary Congregations Coalition, in partnership with ISAIAH.
Mentoring at Unity: A Path to Deeper Connection
Unity Church has a new mentor program that is now available to visitors and new members! What can a mentor offer? A mentor is available as a guide and a resource in the congregation. They pledge to meet at least once a month face to face, and be available for ongoing questions and advice. Each mentor/mentee team can decide what is most helpful — to have a buddy with whom to attend services and events, or a partner with whom to discuss Unitarian Universalism and each other’s spiritual journeys. Each pair makes a commitment to work together for at least six months. If you have questions, or would like to request a mentor, please stop by the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall or email Rev. Lisa Friedman at email@example.com.
Unity Church Summer Film Series on Race
Join other Unity Church members and friends on the second Friday of the month for a summer film series on race, to further our growth in understanding and challenging white supremacy and structural racism. There will be time for conversation after each film. Films begin at 7:00 p.m., and popcorn will be served!
Friday, August 11: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
Read with the Unity Church UU History Book Club
Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalist history with other UUs? Would you like to spend some of your summer on Walden Pond? Unity's UU History Book Club invites you to join them on the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., for reflection and great conversation. Please note the dates, books, and locations below. Books are available for loan in the library, and for purchase in the Bookstall. Questions? Please email Krista Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
Email Krista Hanson at email@example.com for location.
Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Discussion by Barry Maxwell Andrews
Learn About Unity's Emergency Action Plan
Unity's Emergency Preparedness Team (EPT) has developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) which offers guidelines and procedures in the event of an emergency. As a result, we have purchased additional equipment, identified weather shelters and evacuation paths, and created a response structure for staff and volunteers which is designed to help us respond effectively.
The EPT has been providing training and drills to enhance our “situational awareness.” The initial audience has been staff, front desk volunteers, and building tenants. We are offering two more trainings in August that are geared toward Welcome Teams and are also open to the congregation in general. Please join us in the Robbins Parlor on either Saturday, August 19, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., or Wednesday, August 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn about Unity’s Emergency Action Plan.
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
WEDNESDAY YOGA IS ON SUMMER VACATION
CLASSES WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2017
Weekly 60 minute yoga practice that includes aspects of deep breathing, slow movement, rest periods, and guided meditation to balance body, mind, and spirit. Suitable for all body types and ages; movement is demonstrated for lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair, as needed. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. A few are available for loan. Learn more about the instructor, Elen Bahr, at EveryYogi.com or email questions to email@example.com.
Saturday Southern Style 5 Animal Kung Fu
This beautiful Chinese martial art emulates the moment and disposition of the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, and Leopard. Our focus will be on studying the introductory form of this style which incorporates elements from all five animals into an elaborate pattern of intricate movements. Do not expect lots of yelling, kicking any wood boards (ouch), or much of what you see in action movies. Instead, you can expect an excellent practice which builds strength, conditioning, and flexibility, which both calms and invigorates the spirit. This class meets on Saturday mornings, in the Body Room, from 10:00 a.m.–noon, and is for any level of experience ages 16–106. To participate, please contact Bryan Kujawski at 612-750-0221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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