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.
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, typically on the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.