NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED UNTIL IT CAN BE FACED: UU White Supremacy Teach-In The Unitarian Universalist Association is engaging urgent work this month, as more than 600 congregations nationwide grapple with white supremacy in our culture and our churches as a moral, political and spiritual issue. This Sunday, May 21, Rev. Ashley Horan will speak on this theme. … Continue reading Nothing Can Be Changed Until it Can Be Faced
On May 15th, construction began in the Sanctuary and the youth hallway. Here's what you can expect on Sunday morning: Social Hall and youth hallway are now closed for the remainder of the summer. Coffee, tea and cookies will not be available until the project concludes. The single stall, all-gender restroom will be unavailable-- The two multi-stall … Continue reading Construction Notes
WBUUC Park Days are an open invitation to families of all ages to connect on weekdays during the summer. We hope to organize weekly gatherings in several different locations around the Twin Cities metro area as an opportunity for children to play together and for caretakers to connect and share resources. Families who participate in Park Days can … Continue reading WBUUC Summer Park Days Are Back!
3/28/17 Outside of New Orleans we visited the Whitney Plantation Museum. We spent some time in this beautiful and haunting memorial engraved with the names of all people who had been enslaved in Louisiana. The memorial stretched well beyond what I could capture in one photograph. After slavery ended, a system called "sharecropping" was set … Continue reading The Whitney Plantation Museum
In New Orleans we visited the Community Book Center, which is an Afro-centric book store that also offers a space for community events and gatherings, and even has apartments on the second level that it can rent out. They recognize the importance of community and of reading books that reflect a person's experiences. The Community … Continue reading New Orleans Community Book Center
3/27/17 The Lower 9th ward of New Orleans is a poor, working class, predominantly Black part of town. When the governor ordered everyone to evacuate the city as Hurricane Katrina came closer and closer, many 9th ward residents could not afford to leave. Some did not have a car, and couldn't afford a bus ticket. … Continue reading After Katrina
3/26/17 Last night in Ferguson I met with Brie and Taylor, two organizers who were very active in the protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police. We happened to meet in a restaurant called "Cathy's Kitchen," which is next to the Ferguson Police Department and just up the very street that Mike … Continue reading Ferguson, Missouri
3/25/17 You may remember a few years ago when Sara and I joined a strong goup of UUs on a pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. This week I am traveling on a civil rights-based bus tour of the … Continue reading Civil Rights Trip
Families are often faced with news that makes us feel worried or uneasy; as caregivers, navigating these conversations with children can be difficult, especially as we struggle to make sense of things ourselves. Our latest blog entry offers a variety of resources to help guide tough conversations at home. General Guidelines for tough conversations: From PBS … Continue reading Toolbox for Difficult Conversations
Photos from an afternoon among friends. What fun!