First Universalist Church has made a commitment to Racial Justice through intensive education and training of our congregation on the historical and current impacts of systemic racism and white privilege on society and the environment.
Four-Hour Workshop: Racial Justice and Our Unitarian Universalist Faith
Join us for a workshop exploring a framework and tools for understanding race, racism, and whiteness and the spiritual imperative that drives our racial justice work. This is a distilled experience of the 24-hr training offered by Dr. Heather Hackman. Led by Channing McKinley, Clemma Muller, and Emma Paskewitz.
This is a two-part workshop offered twice this winter/spring:
Saturdays, Feb. 25 and March 4, 9–11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, April 22 & 29, 9–11:30 a.m.
To register, contact Sandy at Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
Racial Justice Film and Book Discussions
Book Discussion: “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota”
Thursday, March 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16, 7–8:30 p.m.
In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. The discussion will cover all essays in the book “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.” These are drop-in events, and discussion will be led by Suzanne Hay and Margaret Manderfield.
People of Color Circle
The People of Color Circle is a group of people who meet regularly to reflect on the spiritual content and messages from the Sunday morning sermon. This Circle follows the same format as the other Circles in the church and is comprised of church congregants. Interested in joining the People of Color Circle? Contact Michael Dotson at email@example.com.
Racial Justice Learning Specific to People of Color
The church also offers learning sessions on self care and coping strategies for racial oppression. These learning sessions are facilitated by Marie Michael (a colleague of Heather Hackman’s). This group meets 2-4 times a year and the group is comprised of both church members and folks from outside the church who are wanting racial justice learning specific to People of Color. Interested in joining these sessions? Contact Michael Dotson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24-Hour Racial Justice Training with Dr. Heather Hackman
Through this training, participants gain the tools and insights to see and be in the world differently as it relates to racial justice. The training helps give us a shared language to use in our racial justice ministry at First Universalist.
We have offered five 24-Hour Racial Justice Trainings over the past couple of years. We do not currently have any future trainings scheduled.