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Journey Toward Wholeness

Journey Toward Wholeness

Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW) is the Unitarian Universalist Association's initiative, which implements each congregation's anti-racism, anti-oppression commitment on a church-wide basis. At First Church, this group focuses on dismantling racism, eradicating oppression, and on bringing about transformation through increased awareness. The JTW Committee at First Church is composed of People of Color and people of Anglo/European descent, who are of various gender identities and sexual orientations. Anyone may request to serve on this committee, and members are appointed by the church Board of Trustees.

Learning Opportunities:

Announcing 2020 (Cohort 3) Dates for Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity

Our 2nd cohort of 39 began October 4th and when they've completed the program, 70 First UUers--more than 10% of our congregation will have been involved.  The program is an adult education class developed by Dr. Mark Hicks of Meadville Lombard Theological School and has served more than 140 UU, Jewish, and Quaker congregations. 

Our 3rd Cohort will meet February/March 2020. Participants are required to attend a Weekend Retreat on Friday & Saturday, February 7-8, 2020 led by  experienced Beloved Conversations retreat facilitator plus 8 required weekly 2-hour Small Group Seminars led by First UU facilitators. Groups meet on consecutive Saturdays (1-3 pm), Sundays (1-3 pm), & Tuesdays (7-9 pm).  See the chart below for dates.

If you have questions or be placed on the potential participant list for the February/March 2020 session, contact: 

Jan Garbosky (she/her/hers) jgarbosky@cox.net           or 

Steve Howard (he/him/his) steveh4544@icloud.com

Tuesdays - 7-9 pm
Saturdays - 1-3 pm
Sundays - 1-3 pm
Wk 1:  February 11
February 15
February 16
Wk 2:  February 18
February 22
     February 23       (1:30-3:30 pm)
Wk 3:  February 25
February 29
March 1
Wk 4:  March 3
March 7
March 8
Wk 5:  March 10
March 14
March 15
Wk 6:  March 17
March 21
        March 22         (1:30-3:30 pm)
Wk 7:  March 24
March 28
March 29
Wk 8:  March 31
April 4
April 5

 Learn more about Beloved Conversations & its impact from your friends in Cohort 1 & 2 or by watching the following videos: 

 -  Beloved Conversations: Bearing Witness Part 1 https://vimeo.com/173618285                   -  Bearing Witness Part 2 https://vimeo.com/173618466                                                         -  Why Beloved Conversations https://vimeo.com/162554100

Race: Are We So Different?

Most of what we think about race is based on myth, folklore, or assumptions unsupported by genetics or biology. No one is free of misunderstandings about race, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Come join JTW for this 2 part class on the origins of race and racism. 

Day 1: Participants will meet at FUUSD for a one hour foundation. 

Day 2: We'll have free entry and tour the "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Then we'll participate in a workshop to learn about the science and history of race in America, talk openly about race an ethnicity and the ways it effects our lives personally and professionally, build trust among group members, and develop tools to continue these important conversations. Join us for an eye-opening look at human nature and biology. You’ll leave transformed.

New groups forming Fall 2019. Watch the church bulletin, The Window, for dates and times or contact Jan Garbosky for more information. jgarbosky@cox.net. 

Small Groups

DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries) 

DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color Ministry--a multi-generational collective of BIPOC from Black/African American, Indigenous & Native American, Latinx, Asian & Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian & North African, & multicultural backgrounds. All programs are BIPOC only spaces, unless otherwise noted.

Our purpose in gathering is to build & strengthen community through spiritual exploration & faith formation.  Our goal is to work towards anti-racism & healing in our shared UU faith.  Help us lay the groundwork for a revitalized (metaphorical) "Cultural Community Garden" to help sustain us in these troubled times.

Hillcrest Campus:  1st Thursdays - 6:00 pm - Room 323 - Welcome Center - Contact:  Kia Bordner - kiakiali@gmail.com

South Bay Campus:  Every other 3rd Saturday - 11:00 am - Social Hall - Contact:  Kathleen Garcia-Horlor - uukhorlor2@cox.net

More events to be announced soon!  To get involved, contact Kia Bordner (kiakiali@gmail.com) or Rev. Tania (tania@firstuusandiego.org)

"A Hope Made Real" by Rev. Kathleen Owens


Our Lead Minister discusses racial justice in our congregation, including explaining the differences between white accomplices and white allies beginning at 7:09.

Who to contact

For more information about JTW, please contact the JTW Core Team members

Issac Castro, JTW Core Team Chair  isaac.castro.87@gmail.com

Alpa Patel adp321@gmail.com

Jan Garbosky jgarbosky@cox.net

Maggie Marshall maggiemarshall2@gmail.com

Steve Howard steveh4544@icoud.com

Education (Jan Garbosky, Steve Howard) 
Museum of Man Race Exhibit tours and microaggressions workshop
Beloved Conversations: Meditations on race and Ethnicity
Planning Fifth Tuesday Board meetings

Worship and Music (Isaac Castro) 
Participating in planning and leading worship services
Updating the Welcome Words

Policy and Practice (Alpa Patel) 
Reviewing hiring, training, and evaluation of staff with regard to inclusion.

Finance (Jan Garbosky and Alpa Patel) 
Explicitly including JTW work in the church budget. 

Building and Deepening Relationships  (Maggie Marshall)

Workshops and presentations on implicit biases, inclusion, and  microaggressions to the Lay Ministers and Good Relations Committee.
Coordinating with the Parents Group to give a presentation on JTW, the work we are doing, and how it can be integrated into their group.