Wednesday, October 18th
Creative Conversations for October 2017
Please join us for our BUUF Brunch and/or Creative Conversations to discuss important topics which play a large role in the development of our attitudes regarding white supremacy, both in society in general and in our Unitarian Universalist faith in particular. Read more.
October 19, 7pm
FREE — popcorn included — BYOB encouraged
October Book Club
at home of Julie Williams
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
White Supremacy Teach-In
Sunday, October 22
It’s often been said that Sunday is the most segregated day of the week in the U.S.A. Please join us this coming Sunday as the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) and hundreds of other Unitarian Universalist congregations in both the U.S. and Canada grapple with the current state of racism in North America.
Our 10:30 AM service will focus on our current understanding of White Supremacy and how it affects the UUA and BUUF. After our service we will have a potluck luncheon before beginning our Teach-In at BUUF which lasts from 1-3 PM.
Dave Sarra, BUUF’s Director of Religious Education, will provide the Sunday service message and facilitate the Teach-In. During the Teach-In we’ll cover topics such as how White Supremacy remains the norm in North America, how aspects of Christianity foster White Supremacist attitudes and oppress people of color, how “White privilege” works, and how racism looks today.
The Teach-In will include a variety of activities: music, movie, and video clips; small and large group discussions; and, maybe most importantly, humor! While the insidious effects of White Supremacy are serious and will be covered during our Teach-In, we will also have some comic relief. We will learn why color blindness will not end racism, discuss phrases used by people who claim they’re not racist, and provide tips for those who may be interested in becoming an ally for people of color.
Both our Sunday service and Teach-In are open to the public and we invite you and your family and friends to attend, especially those who may not understand or agree with the concepts of White Supremacy and/or White privilege. Because our first principle is to respect the inherent dignity of every person, our Teach-In will be a safe place and time to share thoughts and feelings regardless of one’s race or political views.