At this moment, West Fork UUs are watching things carefully. We are paying attention to the CDC and our local health departments. We will still be having service this week, but will post if anything changes.
From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray’s facebook post
In the Spring of 2017, our association went through a significant institutional rupture that was also intensely personal for many at the heart of those events. Since then, the UUA has recommitted itself to the work of institutional change, to living into the aspirations of our beloved faith community that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural and deeply inclusive. At the same time, as a religious community there was also personal repair work that needed to happen, including with the institution of the UUA.
Acknowledging this, a number of people impacted by the events of the Spring of 2017 gathered recently to engage in a restorative conversation. This process was not about expecting agreement nor getting to full resolution, or healing all that was broken. Rather, this was about making space to gather as people – people within a shared faith – to honor and recognize one another’s humanity with all of our feelings and experiences, and to own our own roles as well as our pain.
Together, with our facilitators, we created a statement to describe our gathering, its purpose and character, which I invite you to read. I shared this as part of my recent report to the UUA Board of Trustees and have permission from those who gathered to share it widely with our larger Unitarian Universalist community. I invite you to approach this statement with curiosity and care, and to let the possibility for restorative practices open your heart.
Here is the repair statement
CB Beal, a Unitarian Universalist religious educator, sexuality educator, and the director of Justice and Peace will receive the 2019 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education at General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.
Earlier this week, UU World published a problematic, hurtful, and harmful article. Instead of writing my own response, I am passing the mic. In their article on Medium, CB Beal “Centering the Marginalized: symphony and triptych” describes why the UU World article was so upsetting and how we can do better in the future.
“When we want to do justice, and I believe that UU’s do, we have always to ask ourselves “Who is this about, and where is their story?”” – CB Beal
Alex Kapitan also made a public response on Facebook.
And here is the Response from TRUUsT : “Putting the “T” First: Public Statement on This Week’s UU World Article” written by the TRUUsT Steering Committee.
Please read them and share them widely.
Image Credit to Su’ad Abdul Khabeer from their twitter account @DrSuad.
“Faith is that act of moving even though you do not know the outcome. We do not know the path that will bring us where we need to be, but we know that continuing the conversation is essential to moving beyond this point.”https://bit.ly/2GVXJ72
“The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) denounces President Trump’s racist and xenophobic decision to declare a national emergency to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.” Read more here