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.
Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
An adult education class, developed by Dr. Mark Hicks of Meadville Lombard Theological School, the program is serving more than 140 UU, Jewish, and Quaker congregations.
October/ November participants (our 2nd group) will attend a required Weekend Retreat on Friday & Saturday, October 4 - 5, 2019 led by an experienced Beloved Conversations retreat facilitator & 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)--except for Thanksgiving week/weekend. See the chart below for dates.
A few spaces are still available. If you have questions or are interested in participating in October/November 2019 or being placed on the interest list for the early 2020 session (probably February/March), contact:
Jan Garbosky (she/her/hers) firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Howard (he/him/his) email@example.com
|Saturdays - 1-3pm||Sundays - 1-3 pm||Tuesdays - 7-9 pm|
Wk 1: October 12
|October 13||October 15|
|Wk 2: October 19||October 20||October 22|
|Wk 3: October 26||October 27||October 29|
|Wk 4: November 2||November 3||November 5|
|Wk 5: November 9||November 10||November 12|
|Wk 6: November 16||November 17||November 19|
|Wk 7: November 23||November 24||December 3|
|Wk 8: December 7||December 8||December 10|
NO meetings are scheduled during Thanksgiving week/weekend.
Learn more about Beloved Conversations & its impact from 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - email@example.com
South Bay Campus: Every other 3rd Saturday - 11:00 am - Social Hall - Contact: Kathleen Garcia-Horlor - firstname.lastname@example.org
More events to be announced soon! To get involved, contact Kia Bordner (email@example.com) or Rev. Tania (firstname.lastname@example.org)