LUCY STONE COOPERATIVE
SEPTEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER
This month, the Planning Team wrapped up the summer with our third retreat for business and community-building. Right now, we’re getting ready for a number of exciting events this fall. In this newsletter, read about the latest events, learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and intentional communities, and discover some of our blessings of the past month.
Anti-Racism Training for Cooperative Organizations
October 16, 2010 3-6:30 pm, with a shared dinner to follow.
Facilitated by Esteban Kelly and Tyrone Boucher of the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance. Look for registration details soon - email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
NASCO Cooperative Education and Training Institute, Nov. 5-7, 2010, Ann Arbor, MI
Every year, NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation) hosts a weekend-long training for co-opers to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. This year, seven Lucy Stone Co-op planning team members will be heading out to Michigan, and we invite you to join us! Let us know if you’d like to know more or if you’re interested in attending.
Planning Team Returns from Retreat
Our Planning Team went on our third weekend retreat at the end of August. Our retreats have become an important chance for us get out of the city, put everything else aside, and spend a weekend all living, cooking, worshipping, laughing, singing, and working together. It was a great opportunity to delve deeper into topics we don't have a chance to get into in our bi-weekly meetings. We hope to continue this tradition of having regular house retreats together, even once we're living together.
A Little History: Unitarian Universalists and Intentional Community, Part I
by Dan McKanan, Professor, Harvard Divinity School
Why should Unitarian Universalists be especially interested in intentional community? Unlike some religious movements, Unitarian Universalism never passed through an early stage in which the entire group was organized communally or encouraged our most earnest members to form monastic communities of intense spiritual discipline. Indeed, many UUs have been wary of any attempt to organize communities along religiously restrictive lines. But therein lies our particular contribution: from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Unitarians and Universalists have been prominent in attempts to organize so-called “nonsectarian” communities.
A selection of contributions for which we are grateful:
We could still use your help!
There are still a few things we are looking for, if you’re able to share. We need your support to make this happen!
Danilo, Elizabeth, Greg, Heather, Hilary, Matt, Rae, and Rowan
The Lucy Stone Cooperative Planning Team