Feeling left out of UUA’s General Assembly? Want to find out what UUs are talking about? Perhaps reap a bit of wisdom? Rev. Julie has chosen a few of the on-demand workshops for us to watch together and talk about. Bring a bag-supper or some snacks to share. We’ll gather at UUCW at 6 pm, start the video around 6:15, and spend some time in conversation after. (Most of the sessions are 60-90 minutes) No need to RSVP. Come to one or all!
Wednesday, August 16, 6 pm – Changing the Name of Your Congregation – UUs of Mt. Airy
Thinking of changing the name of your congregation? Hear from a small church who went through a process, learned some valuable lessons, made a few mistakes, and are learning to tell a new story of their journey towards Beloved Community because of it. Speakers: Rev. McKinley Sims; Fern Culhane
Other sessions are offered through September 6th. Click on the session title for detailed information:
Friday, August 18, 6 pm – Radical Welcome as a Catalyst for Congregational Growth – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
Radical Welcome is the practice of creating spaces oriented toward community accountability and collective good. A congregational culture shift toward Radical Welcome can grow your community and help individuals reinvest in their UU values. From marketing to ministry, UUCA staff share pitfalls and triumphs of their Radical Welcome cultural shift. Speakers: Rev. Taryn Strauss; Shay Stewart-Willis; Bryce Thomason; Laura Beth Brown; Donald Milton III
Sunday, August 20, 6 pm – Interrogating the Gaze of Unitarian Universalist Women Writers – Sister Souurce, Inc.
Writers reflect and interpret society, provide inspiration, guidance and challenge. This panel of Unitarian Universalist women writers explores the impact of their writing(s) and thinking on UU culture and reflect on some of the victories and, challenges of UUism and what the future might hold. Other participants include: Barbara Child, Angeline Jackson, Atena O. Danner, Susan Ritchie, Cynthia Grant Tucker, and Kristen L. Harper. Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman; Rev. Denise Tracy; Rev. Marta Valentin; Yuri Yamamoto
Friday, September 1, 6 pm – Theologically Grounding Unitarian Universalism’s Commitment to Racial Justice – First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
This program responds to the UUA’s WTC report that urges us to see racial justice as a theological mandate and to articulate a theology of liberation, experimentation and innovation. Panelists will discuss four theological trajectories that advocate for the racial justice work to which we are called. Speakers: Rev. Dr. Andrea Johnson; Rev. Arif Mamdani; Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout; Lauren Wyeth
Tuesday, September 5, 6 pm – The Repercussions of Misconduct
Congregations that have been impacted by professional misconduct can take a long time to heal from the experience. An Interim Minister and two UUA regional staff will offer strategies for addressing the dysfunction, including restoring trust, learning how to do conflict well, and embracing the antidotes to White Supremacy Culture. Speakers: Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley; Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh; Rev. Sunshine Wolfe
Wednesday, September 6, 6 pm – Building Resilience Amidst Continual Upheaval & Change – Meadville Lombard Theological School
How do we thrive when this* (*fill in the blank with current critical incident) is not over? Faith communities can be powerful places of caring attachment, skill-building, and meaning-making for such times. Come fill up on new tools and repurpose current tools to navigate this continually changing landscape. Speakers: Rev. Julie Taylor; Rev. Tandi Rogers