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UU Anti-Racism Program – Coming this Fall to our congregation! Sign up before Sept 15!

This fall, our congregation will have the opportunity to pilot the new online version of this deep and rich Unitarian Universalist program on race and ethnicity.  

“…this is a program for Unitarian Universalists who are seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice.  We believe that we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives in order to get free together. Beloved conversations is intended to be a tool in your toolbox, for you as an individual, and [as] a part of a congregation, to eradicate white supremacy, to work to become anti-racist, and to make our faith a welcoming place for everyone.” Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, co-creator of Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations: Virtual will be rolling out over the next several church years, beginning in September, 2020. This new version of the program will be released in three phases:   

  • Within (the individual, personal work we each need to do);   
  • Among (the institutional, systemic change needed in our congregations); and   
  • Beyond (the work outside our congregations, with our local communities). 

The program this fall (phase one -Within) runs October through mid-December, and includes:

  • Individual study of videos and readings, accompanied by reflection prompts and suggested conversations with “critical friends” chosen by the participants
  • Bi-weekly small group conversations in a “learning pod” 
  • Larger, monthly, ‘meaning making sessions,’ facilitated by Beloved Conversations staff 

The “Within” work is different for White folks and for Black, Indigenous and other People of Color and will be done entirely in race-based caucuses.  

The program normally costs $150 per person, but thanks to a generous grant from our Ruth Humphreys Innovation Fund, we have secured 20 spaces for our congregation.  

To register

Step 1, before Sept 15: 

Let Rev. Melora know you want to sign up by adding your name and contact info to this google doc

(If you can’t do the google doc sign up, you can email Rev. Melora directly or phone 250-891-6330.  Please put “Beloved Conversations” in subject heading.)

Step 2, before Sept 20:  

Use the code Rev. Melora sends you to register as part of our congregation’s group with the Continental UU Beloved Conversations Program, through which we will each receive the program materials.  

As this is work we need to do as an entire congregation, our ministers, Revs. Shana and Melora Lynngood, and our Director of SEL-CY (Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth), Arran Liddel, will all be engaging in the program as well.  

“We are welcoming people into this work no matter where they find themselves in their understanding of race and racism and what their experiences have been in the world.” Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, co-creator of Beloved Conversations

More information about Beloved Conversations can be found here.  Feel free to ask Rev. Melora if you have any questions.