First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) has offered Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity, a program developed by Dr. Mark A. Hicks, a number of times on our campus. It provides a supportive small group opportunity for participants to engage in self-reflection and deepening understanding. All 1U members are encouraged to take part in this important program.
The program begins with a required opening retreat (Friday evening and all day Saturday). Following the opening retreat, participants are divided into small groups that meet (approximately) weekly for eight two-hour sessions.
Contact Gaby at ProgramAssistant@OrlandoUU.org to be put on the list for future opportunities.
The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race — and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation and hope for greater understanding, healing, and spiritual development.
Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation. This is an open meeting, now meeting on the last Sunday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm. Details are included in the Weekly Update (also referred to as the eblast) and in the Weekend Update, which is handed out on Sunday mornings with the Order of Service.
Even-numbered years, the delegates at the UUA General Assembly choose an issue to engage in study and action for a period of three years. Often at the end of this process, a Statement of Conscience is adopted on the topic. To learn more about the congregational study process, click here.
The study/action item selected for 2018–2022 is Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy.