Fred Hulting, President, Board of Trustees
After a fast onboarding for our new Minister, the Board and Reverend Lisa Friedman have been focusing this past month on COVID-19 preparedness, planning collaboration on our Developmental goals, and developing approaches for the church to advance anti-racism efforts. In this update I want to focus on the important work on anti-racism.
Because of the efforts of many members, we have seen some great activities offered to the congregation, from the My Grandmothers Hands study groups to efforts by the Social Justice Ministry to collaborative education programs with other area churches. This is a great start to our journey; but it is clear that we need to do more.
As both individuals and as a group, the Board has found it difficult to know how best to proceed; there are many different paths we could take. Recognizing that we need to get moving and that we may not get it right, the Board has aligned on three next steps.
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A New Process for UUCM Public Statements
Becky Halat, Board of Trustees
The board has received several communications from members asking what work the church plans to do around anti-racism in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. One specific question that has emerged from some of these emails centers around making a public statement about the BLM movement (most specifically, hanging a Black Lives Matter flag on our building.)
Fred Hulting, our UUCM Board President, recently published an article dedicated to the actions that our church has already taken around anti-racism efforts, as well as encouraging more work to be done. We’re very happy to see that our church community is showing passion and resolve around anti-racism. As a largely white congregation, our privilege is a power that we certainly can’t ignore.
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This week’s message reflects on the power of stories to harm and to heal, and the significance of which stories get listened to over time. Rev. Lisa also speaks to the honoring of Indigenous People’s Day as an alternative to Columbus Day.
Click on the picture above to view Rev. Lisa’s weekly video message.
Meets next ONLINE on Monday, October 19 at 11:00 AM to discuss the book Mormon Country by Wallace Stegner. Please direct any questions to Bev Montgomery. New members are always welcome.
A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). New attendees: please email Bev Montgomery to request meeting details. If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that takes you through how to install and use Zoom.
Meets next ONLINE on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 PM to discuss the book Out of the Flames by Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Bazelon Goldstone.
A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). If you have questions, please contact Adam Schenck or Gary Charles. New members are always welcome.
New attendees: please email Gary Charles to request Zoom meeting ID/password details. If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that takes you through how to install and use Zoom.
(Formerly Men’s Book Club)