Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity

For 2018, please join us in our third Beloved Conversations series, a UU curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism and oppression into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing.  The series starts with a weekend retreat on the evening of Friday, February 23, 6-9pm and continues on Saturday, February 24, 9am-6pm. Reverend Kierstin Homblette Allen with the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School--where Rev Steve and Rev Nathan were trained--will lead the retreat.  She will then speak at the Sunday morning services.  Following the retreat is a series of eight sessions that go deeper.  Each of the eight week sessions takes two hours to complete, and is highly structured in order to push and support the learning of the assembled community.  

Deep Check-in: Making Sense of the Retreat; The Invisible Footprint of Racial/Ethnic History
Exploring Our Dynamic of Racism and Privilege
Racism Today: Micro-Aggressions
Interrupting Racism
Community Audit: The Experience of Race & Ethnicity in your community
Power & Process: How Institutional Change Happens in our Congregations
Prophetic Vision: Towards a Multicultural Congregation in Solidarity with the World
Building the Bridge Between Our Present and Our Future  


In 2016, Guest Speaker Dr. Mark A. Hicks presented a weekend seminar Friday evening and Saturday, August 12 and 13, 2016.  We were led to challenge our assumptions and learn new ways of conversing with people of  races and religions different from our own.  Later,  we took part in eight sessions of deeper spiritual exploration in small groups.