Beloved Conversations @ UUCM
We are excited to bring back Beloved Conversations — a small-group curriculum for exploring the role of race/ethnicity in our lives. It's a time for compassion, grace, risk-taking, and vulnerability. Not only does it offer opportunities for individual change for people who are white, but it provides organizational support for institutional change. It also includes faith formation resources explicitly for people of color and a caucus model for same-race breakout discussions. Beloved Conversations has been used by nearly 150 UU congregations across the country since it launched 5 years ago.
• Deep Check-in: Making Sense of the Retreat; the Invisible Footprint of Racial/Ethnic History
• Exploring Our Dynamic of Racism and Privilege
• Racism Today: Micro-Aggressions
• Interrupting Racism
• Community Audit: The Experience of Race and Ethnicity in Your Community
• Power and Process: How Institutional Change Happens in Our Congregations
• Prophetic Vision: Towards a Multicultural Congregation in Solidarity with the World
• Building the Bridge Between Our Present and Our Future
Learn more about the curriculum at the Fahs Collaborative (
Beloved Conversations opens with a day-and-a-half-long learning laboratory in the form of a deep immersive retreat. The retreat explicitly models the learning style and spirit of the curriculum and encourages participants to go deep quickly.
The UUCM kick-off retreat will be on Friday, January 10, from 6-9 pm (includes dinner) and on Saturday, January 11, from 8:30 am - 5 pm (includes breakfast and lunch). It will be facilitated by Jack Slowriver.
Following the retreat, cohorts will meet for eight sessions held from 1-3 pm on the following Sundays: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8. They will be co-facilitated by trained members from the congregation and Rev. Terri.
Participants are to attend the entire opening retreat and at least 7 of the 8 sessions, barring unexpected life events. It is critically important that participants commit to this schedule, so please confirm your availability before registering.
Registration is limited to 14 people.
The registration fee is $75 per person. However, we do not want to make this a barrier for anyone and have scholarships available. Please contact Terri at
and we would be happy to offer free or reduced registration.
Have you participated in this curriculum before?
How do you identify racially (broadly)?
Person of Color
Can you commit to attending the entire retreat and at least 7 of the 8 weekly sessions (barring unexpected life circumstances)?
Why have you decided to make this level of commitment?
Any additional comments/questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Terri at
. Payment can be made in advance or during the opening retreat. You can leave a check in the secure mailbox outside the main office door. To pay by credit card, please call Allison Laura at (952) 473-5900.
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