The Social Justice Coordinating Team is facilitating four workshops to engage members and friends in racial justice work, utilizing the Interfaith Toolkit on Challenging Racism developed by MUUSJN. We will provide these adult RE sessions in the sanctuary on February 4 and 18, and March 4 and 18, from 12:00-1:30, and a light lunch will be provided. Our sessions will involve articles, video clips, activities and discussion, with an emphasis on deeper understanding of white privilege and systemic racism. If you plan on attending, please contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can know numbers for the light lunch.
Our first adult RE (religious exploration) offering for this year is to read The Third Reconstruction by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and gather together for in-depth discussions. Our final discussion is this Sunday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 7-9.
As has been announced at Sunday morning announcements prior to worship, our first adult RE (religious exploration) offering for this year is to read The Third Reconstruction by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and gather together for in-depth discussions. If you haven’t obtained a copy yet, we will have some available for purchase after service this Sunday – cost is $16 per copy. You can read more about the book here.
Discussion Group Schedule:
Sunday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 1-3
Sunday, March 12 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 4-6
Sunday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Chapters 7-9
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. It is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions will run approximately ninety minutes.
In support of our current Common Read, we have scheduled a viewing of the movie Selma for Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the UUFCM. We hope you will join us.
The third installment of our year-long “Common Read” series on racial justice is set to begin. The Selma Awakening by Mark Morrison-Reed is the book that is most personal to us as UUs for it poignantly articulates our own history with the civil rights movement – our triumphs and our shortcomings – and how it continues to shape us as a faith community. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the fellowship starting this Sunday – cost is $18.00 per copy. Discussion groups will be scheduled for later in April.
“In this book, Morrison-Reed places the iconic moment of Selma in the larger context of Unitarian Universalism. Within this larger frame, he both accentuates the importance of participation in Selma, highlights all that could have happened and delineates what did not. By showing how UU participation was NOT inevitable, he underscores the significance of that participation while placing it in a proper scale with the other commitments and non-commitments made in the arena of race relations. An essential read for anyone continuing the struggle to embrace the need for continued racial justice work today.”
~ Rev. Leslie Takahashi-Morris, co-author,
The Arc of the Universe Is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary
“As I read Mark Morrison-Reed's The Selma Awakening I found myself shedding tears as I relived the events of 1965. Unitarian Universalists, civil rights activists, anyone alive in those turbulent times, and those yet to be born will find themselves caught up in these vivid recollections of those critical days. The book includes insights, anecdotes, and personal stories and it acknowledges for the first time key contributors to the success of the march from Selma to Montgomery. In particular, the section on women and the march elaborates on the under-reported story of women in the struggle for civil rights, and the broader ongoing struggle for women's liberation. Perhaps this book has been waiting for a scholar who identifies as both African American and Unitarian Universalist to do the diligent research required and bring the story of Selma to light.”
~ Rev. Orloff Miller, witness to the attack that killed Rev. James Reeb in Selma in 1965
“Selma changed the United States, and Selma changed Unitarian Universalism. Mark Morrison-Reed tells the story in exquisite detail, tracing the hundred-year history and the interdependent web of relationships that led hundreds of Unitarian Universalists to march for justice in Selma. In a work of scholarly depth and heartfelt passion, Morrison-Reed gives voice to both his admiration for the achievements of Unitarian Universalists and his anguish at our shortcomings, inviting all of us align our values in practice with our espoused values.”
~ Dan McKanan,
Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
About the Author
Retired from Unitarian Universalist parish ministry, Mark Morrison-Reed is an affiliated faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School and the coordinator of the Sankofa Archive there. He is the author or editor of several other books from Skinner House Books.
We will be offering a Welcome UU class this Sunday, February 28 after the service at 12:00 p.m. This class is for newcomers to Unitarian Universalism as well as those who have been around for a while who want to learn more about this faith, and is also the first step on the “pathway to membership” in this community. It will be led by our minister, Dawn Daniels.
We have scheduled two discussion group opportunities for our second UUFCM Common Read this year - Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Discussion groups will be held on Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 13 - both sessions will be held at 12:00 p.m. following morning worship. These discussions are open to all. Invite family and friends to join in...there’s still time to read the book...we even have a few copies available for purchase at the fellowship. Cost: $16 per copy.
It’s time to dive into our second book selection of the UUFCM Common Read series for this year, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Discussion group opportunities will be planned for later this month.
“Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."