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."