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 an interactive, reflective 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 two-part workshop offered three times this fall:
Saturdays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4, 9–11:30 a.m., led by Brian Eshult & Lark Weller
Sundays, Nov. 5 & 12, 12:30–3 p.m., led by Susan Schultz & Pam Berry
Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 9, 9–11:30 a.m., led by Channing McKinley, Jeff Sylvestre & Emma Paskewitz
To register, contact Sandy at Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
Racial Justice Film, Book, and Essay Discussions
“13th” — A Documentary Screening in Two Parts
What does the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865 have to do with today? Everything. The powerful documentary “13th” analyzes the criminalization of African Americans, the U.S. prison boom, and their relationship to the abolishment of slavery via the 13th Amendment. Join us for a two-part screening and conversation in community.
Sundays, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5, 1–3 p.m. in the Cummins Room
Led by Jeff Sylvestre and Margaret Manderfeld
Let’s Talk About White Fragility
When white people experience racial stress, we often withdraw, defend, cry, argue, minimize, ignore, and in other ways push back to regain our racial position and equilibrium: a response known as white fragility. This limits our capacity to bridge cross-racial divides and harms people of color. Join us for a conversation about white fragility based on “White Fragility,” an essay by Dr. Robin DiAngelo.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1–2:30 p.m. in Room 200
Facilitated by Susan Schultz and Lark Weller
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.