Beloved Conversations: Sign-Up Deadline Extended to February 24

Register here by February 24

Dates have now been set for the eight follow-up sessions (Saturdays or Sundays), see below for details!  

We are excited to bring back Beloved Conversations — a small-group curriculum for exploring the role of race/ethnicity in our lives. It’s a time for compassion, grace, risk-taking, vulnerability, and the healing joy when cross-racial relationships are reconciled. Not only does it offer opportunities for individual change for people who are white, but it provides organizational support for institutional change and faith formation resources explicitly for people of color. This curriculum has been used by nearly 150 UU congregations across the country since it launched 5 years ago.


* Deep Check-in: Making Sense of the Retreat; the Invisible Footprint of Racial/Ethnic History
* Exploring Our Dynamic of Racism and Privilege
* Racism Today: Micro-Aggressions
* Interrupting Racism
* Community Audit: The Experience of Race and Ethnicity in Your Community
* Power and Process: How Institutional Change Happens in Our Congregations
* Prophetic Vision: Towards a Multicultural Congregation in Solidarity with the World
* Building the Bridge Between Our Present and Our Future

Learn more at the Fahs Collaborative.

2019 Schedule:

Beloved Conversations opens with a day-and-a-half-long learning laboratory in the form of a deep immersive “Retreat.” The Retreat explicitly models the learning style and spirit of the curriculum and encourages participants to go deep quickly.

The UUCM kick-off retreat will be on Friday, March 1 from 6-9 pm (includes dinner) and on Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 am – 5 pm (includes breakfast and lunch). It will be facilitated by the Rev. Ashley Horan.

Following the retreat, cohorts will meet for eight 2-hour sessions. These sessions will be facilitated by trained teams from the congregation and supported by Rev. Terri.

Dates have now been set for the eight follow-up sessions! Come to the retreat prepared to choose one of the two time slots below:

  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM starting on March 16 for eight weeks, co-facilitated by Susan Goll and John Ziegenhagen
  • Sundays  from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM starting on March 10 for eight weeks, co-facilitated by Rev. Terri Burnor and Jackie Smolen

Participants should plan on attending the entire opening retreat and all eight sessions, barring unexpected life events.


It costs UUCM $900 to bring this curriculum to our congregation. Because we feel it’s so important and we want it to be accessible to all, we are offering this as a “pay as you can” program with a suggested donation range of $20-$80. Together, we can ensure anyone who wants to can go. Donations of any amount can be made in the church office or during the retreat.

Register here by February 24. If you have any questions, please contact any of the following:

Rev. Terri,
Jackie Smolen,
Susan Goll,