Beloved Conversations is coming in February 2020


Beloved Conversations  is a series of training workshops where participants create intentional space for exploring the effects of racism and marginalization in our culture, in our own lives, and in our congregation, and learn ways to end or reverse the damaging impacts. 

Wait. What?  RACISM?  AGAIN? Why would I need this?  I’m a UU.  I’m a good person.  I believe in a fair and peaceful world. I’m not a racist! Yep. Maybe not. But it’s in the air we breathe, part of a collective system that holds us ALL hostage. Centuries of racially informed social, emotional, economic, and religious beliefs and practices have wounded every person, no matter their identity.

Beloved Conversations is a rigorous curriculum, one of the highest levels of lay training available for Unitarian Universalists. It is also enlightening and extremely rewarding. Through this deep work, people of good will reckon with how and why both personal and group experiences matter, and they examine ways to live and act in a spirit of reconciliation that brings inner growth and spiritual healing. 

OK.  So, when and where, and what is required?

Beloved Conversations begins with a 1.5 day Workshop Intensive led by a facilitator from Meadville Lombard Seminary, followed by eight small group workshops led by two-person facilitator teams from our congregation. The small groups meet weekly for about two hours. By signing up, you commit to attending the Weekend Intensive AND the eight small group sessions that follow. Although invariably we must accommodate the unexpected, partial attendance is not given as an option.

1.5 -DAY WORKSHOP INTENSIVE: Friday, February 28, 5:00-9:00 PM & Saturday, February 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Friday night dinner, Saturday morning snacks/coffee, and Saturday lunch provided.

Childcare for all sessions is available by request.

Time and location for small group sessions to be determined by each group.


Sign up online HERE, on the Religious Education bulletin board beside the choir room, or CONTACT to register. Registration closes FEBRUARY 23 or when participant limit is reached. 

Regular Groups

EARTH SPIRIT – look out for celebration date updates on our website and e-news. For more information, contact

MondaysDINING FOR WOMEN, monthly on the last Monday, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall. Contact Luci Fernandez – or Letitia Short – for more information.

TuesdaysBUDDHIST MEDITATION, weekly, 6:15 pm, Choir Room. YOGA, (last class November 19), 7-8:30 pm, Sanctuary. Please contact Bruce Cable for more information at

WednesdaysCoDA, weekly, 5:30 pm, Founders Room. Please contact Eric Anderson for more information at

Thursdays – DRUMMERS, weekly, 6 pm, RE Common. Contact Ben Weston at UPSTATE PRIDE SMART, weekly, 6:30 pm, Conference Room. Contact Jaime at DINNER GROUP, monthly on the third Thursday, 6:30 pm, locations vary. MENS GROUP, second and fourth Thursday, 6 pm, locations vary, contact Paul Westin or 828-243-5908.


Saturday-B&G WORKDAY, monthly on the second Saturday. Contact for more information.

SundayEAT ‘N’ GREET, quarterly on the first Sunday (January, April, July, October), after service, Fellowship Hall. Contact for more information. HUMANISTS, monthly on the second Sunday, 9:30 am, Founders Room. Contact Don Youngblood for more information. GENDER BENDERS, monthly on the second Sunday, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall. Contact Ivy Hill for more information at