- Proselytizing Unitarian Universalism with Natalie Briscoe, Congregational Life Field Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- Courage, Community, Creativity, Climate Justice with Aly Tharp, Program Director of the UU Ministry for Earth and coordinator of the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network
- Tools for Building Better Understanding with Christine Purcell, Congregational Life Field Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- Black Music: Free Your Body, Mind & Soul with Rev. Chuck Freeman & Rev. Gerald Davis
- OWL is for Ministers, Too! with Theresa Parrish, MSEd
Proselytizing Unitarian Universalism
with Natalie Briscoe, Congregational Life Field Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
We are hearing about the Good News of Unitarian Universalism this week! Why would we want to keep it a secret? We should be shouting our Good News from every rooftop in the world! And yet, most of the time, we don’t. This workshop will delve into the meaning and implications of proselytizing Unitarian Universalism, why we should do it, and how to go about it. Using the work of Dan Wakefield and Beth Demme to guide us in writing our spiritual autobiographies, we will share stories with one another about how the Good News of Unitarian Universalism has transformed our lives and opened our hearts. We will also walk further on our journey by exploring concepts of systematic theology through James Luther Adams and Rebecca Ann Parker that will help us gain language to explain the ways in which we have been moved by Spirit. This workshop’s journey is your journey, and you are invited to share it first with us, and then with the world.
Courage, Community, Creativity, Climate Justice
with Aly Tharp, Program Director of the UU Ministry for Earth and coordinator of the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network
Climate change is no good, very bad news. The good news is that Unitarian Universalists are taking action to address climate change with courage, community, creativity, and justice at heart. UUs are responding to climate change in ways that build greater equity, sustainability, and reverence for the interdependent web of life, grounded in both scientific facts and UU moral values and principles. In this workshop series, participants will learn about current UU climate activism and tap into individual and collective sources of courage, creativity, and wisdom to find inspiration and readiness to create meaningful change for climate justice. Sessions may include meditations, videos, story circles, art activities, writing and reflection, and intergenerational dialogue about the many ways we can be courageous participants in a vision for Climate Justice.
Tools for Building Better Understanding
with Christine Purcell, Congregational Life Field Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Covenant helps us stay in relationship with folks who share our highest values. Compassionate communication can help us hear and be heard, while identifying real needs, even when emotions are high. These common tools in UU congregations can work well when folks consent to their use, but what can we do outside of our congregations when we need to de-escalate a situation? How do we interact when there is a power imbalance or history of abuse? How can we bring our best selves as Unitarian Universalists to conflicted situations outside the walls of our congregations?
Division is high in our country right now, but the good news is that Unitarian Universalists are uniquely suited to the work of building understanding! Christine Purcell from our UUA’s Southern Region field staff team will introduce some tools and techniques for de-escalation and building understanding. We’ll “workshop” some scenarios in which reaching an understanding is challenging, and build our skills together.
Black Music: Free Your Body, Mind & Soul
with Rev. Gerald Davis & Rev. Chuck Freeman
Details coming soon!
OWL is for Ministers, Too!
with Theresa Parrish, MSEd, Our Whole Lives Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, Arkansas
The #MeToo movement has brought into sharp focus the necessity for Americans to engage in productive conversations around sexuality. Women’s healthcare -- including everything from health screenings to contraception to abortion -- is under constant attack at the state and national levels. This landscape presents a perfect opportunity for UU congregations to create, rejuvenate, and grow the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program in their congregations. OWL is a values-based, evidence-informed, comprehensive sexuality and relationship education curricula that “changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.”*
Adults have asked me, somewhat rhetorically, “What on earth can I learn about sex at my age?” Here’s an opportunity for our ministers to sample the Adult OWL curriculum first-hand, and to learn why this program is essential to our social justice mission.
Theresa Parrish, MSEd, is a trained facilitator for six of the eight levels in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum, and she coordinates the OWL program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville. Theresa also is a founding member of the Arkansas Coalition for Healthy Youth (ARchy), an organization that advocates for evidence-based sexuality and relationship education in Arkansas public schools. A licensed counselor, Theresa has designed and facilitated numerous workshops on topics including women’s depression, grief, and workplace burnout. She has also facilitated UU curricula Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up and Call Her Name.
Details are still emerging about some of these programs. Please contact Christine Purcell with programming questions.