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.
A Good Time for the Truth: 3 Minnesotans of Color Share Their Stories
Friday, Jan. 27, 6:45 p.m.
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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: “The Underground Railroad”
Monday, Feb. 13, 7–8:30 p.m.
Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” one of the most acclaimed books of 2016, was recently named the National Book Award winner for Fiction. The book reimagines the Railroad as an actual labyrinth of tracks and tunnels running underground throughout the South, transporting escaped slaves North. The book has been described by readers as “brilliant,” “hallucinatory,” “chilling,” “a great adventure story,” and a “reanimation of American slave narratives.” Join a guided discussion that explores the art and impact of this powerful book.
Copies of “The Underground Railroad” are available via the Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Anoka county library systems. If you own a library card, you can reserve a copy through your library’s web page or in person. Hard copies of the book are available at local bookstores. Unfortunately, paperback copies are not yet available. An MPR “Talking Volumes” interview with Colson Whitehead is available at: www.mprnews.org/topic/talking-volumes. Please commit to reading the book if you plan to participate.
Leaders: Susan Hoffman is a retired archivist and librarian, and a member of First Universalist. Marjorie Herdes is an organization development consultant and longtime member of First Universalist.
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.