DISMANTLING RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY TEACH-IN Oct. and Nov.

In the spring of 2017, the UUA challenged UU congregations across the country to conduct teach-ins around racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression. We say we WANT to respect the worth and dignity of all. We say we WANT a world where freedom and justice really exist for everyone. So how do we, as individuals and as a faith community, begin to confront racism in ourselves, in our community, and in the paradigms of power that have shaped our society for generations?

The work of dismantling racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression is difficult, long, and uncomfortable work, but we have to start somewhere. We know folks are going to come with different levels of interest, involvement, and commitment. No one is an expert, and we’ll mess up, and try again. But we’ll work together, we’ll make progress, and we hope you will join us.

Sunday, November 5: THE POWER OF YOUR STORY
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Led by Kathleen Anderson
Stories validate strong emotions, tell complex truths, and help to externalize suffering. Stories make meaning, challenge stigma, and embody ideas. Stories teach, heal the body, and create connections. Stories engage our minds, help us understand, ignite social support. AND WE ALL HAVE ONE. What experiences have you had with racism, white supremacy, marginalization, and oppression? When you were growing up, what did the culture tell you; what did your family believe, and how did race shape your experience? What do you know now? When we tell our stories, we release their power. Come and tell yours.

Sunday, November 12: HUMANIST DISCUSSION GROUP
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
For more information, contact John Melson (johntmelson@gmail.com)

Sunday, November 19: AN UNJUST JUSTICE SYSTEM: Biased Incarceration in Greenville County
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Led by Richard Kelly
The United States has more prisons and inmates than any other country in the world, and our prison population has increased by over 1000% since 1980. Why? What is the school to prison pipeline? Why are young men of color so much more likely to be imprisoned than young white men? What is going on in South Carolina? Is justice for all just a dream? Come find out some startling and disturbing facts, and talk about ways to help.

Sunday November 26: YOU’RE THE TURKEY…AND I’M THE CARVER
9:30-10:45, Founders Room
Led by Jim Hennigan
We’re going to explore in-groups and out-groups, the practice of “othering” and our hard-wired desire to marginalize. In the end, if all goes smoothly, we’ll have a new lens on safe spaces and goldfish, and we’ll lay bare some of the secret, unnamed tools of oppression, which is why we’ve asked Jim Hennigan, a highly educated, white, straight, male to be your tour guide. Oh, and he says, “Everyone should bring an empty coffee cup.” (We have no idea what that’s all about.)