You are invited to participate in “Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity.”
Join us for Beloved Conversations, a rich experiential program for exploring the role of race and ethnicity in individual and congregational lives. The goal of Beloved Conversations is to re-form the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior, ushering in spiritual healing for ourselves and our community.
The Beloved Conversations program was designed by UUs for UUs. Over 100 UU congregations have taken part, including many of our local UU Churches like Fairfax, Cedar Lane and River Road. The curriculum has been so well received that many of these congregations are now in their second and third rounds running the program.
The Beloved Conversations course poses questions that connect with both the sources of inspiration as well as the challenges of race/ethnicity that slow our human journey toward building a society of peace, liberty and justice for all. The curriculum differs from many approaches to anti-racism/multicultural work in that it frames the discussion not only in terms of demographic urgency or cultural critiques, but how developing skills and the habits of an anti-racist mind helps everyone heal from the wounds of racism--both those in dominant groups as well as those who are targets of oppression.
The program will begin at UUCR with a 1.5 day opening retreat: Friday, November 16 (6:00 - 9:00pm) through Saturday, November 17 (8:30am - 5:00pm).
The retreat will start with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm on Friday evening, followed by the first part of the program from 7:00 - 9:00pm.
Saturday will start with a light breakfast at 8:30am (coffee/tea, bagels, fruit, etc.); we will break for lunch (which will be provided) around noon and wrap up by 5:00pm.
The retreat will be followed by eight two-hour sessions, held (approximately) every-other week following the retreat. These sessions will feature guided exercises facilitated by Intern Minister Scot Hull. The dates/times of the eight follow-up sessions will be selected in order to accommodate, as much as possible, the schedules of all who register for the opening retreat. We have tentatively scheduled the follow-up sessions for Sundays after worship.
“One of the most beautiful aspects of Beloved Conversations was seeing its transformative potential come to bear.... I was moved to my core witnessing Unitarian Universalism come alive to members of my congregation.” Rev. Manish Mizra-Marzetti, Senior Minister, UU Congregation at Cherry Hill
"Many [participants] said that this was the first time, or the first time in a long time, when they had been part of a conversation about race that left them hopeful. Out of these conversations, we are beginning to shape a way forward to address and 'interrupt' racism is all its forms: institutional, cultural, and individual." Rev. Kate Lore, Minister for Social Justice, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR