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UNDERSTANDING RACISM

BELOVED CONVERSATIONS: MEDITATIONS ON RACE AND ETHNICITY

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.

WRESTLING WITH OUR UNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT RACE

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. We’re studying Robin DiAngelo’s book: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. The study & discussion group will take the place of our monthly Wrestling with our Understanding of Race meeting.

We will meet for three 90-minute sessions starting at 11:45 a.m. on the following Sundays:

  • Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Sunday, April 5, 2020
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020

We will be using the UU White Fragility Study Guide for our sessions.

CONGREGATIONAL STUDY / ACTION ISSUES (CSAI)

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.