Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Attention Group & Activity Coordinators!

By Trudy Deyle

A UUCT directory update is coming in early December. We will only list committees, groups and activities that are currently active. If a group or activity that you coordinate has not been meeting but is planning to start up again, please email Adriane and Trudy as soon as possible: uutallahassee@gmail.com and membership@ uutallahassee.org.


Affinity Groups: For and By People with Disabilities

By Linda Wright

For years EqUUal Access has worked to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities in Unitarian Universalist communities and the broader society. Recently the organization has started offering online connections by and for Unitarian Universalists with disabilities.

If you are a person with a disability, you can go to the EqUUal Access website to find the weekly theme and the active links to join all connections by Zoom:

  • Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm Eastern Time: Theme Chat with an EqUUal Access facilitator.
  • Thursdays @ 8:00 pm Eastern Time: Oasis, a worship service/spiritual gathering by/for disabled UUs led by EqUUal Access volunteers, ministers, seminarians.
  • Fridays @ 1:00 pm Eastern Time: Craft & Chat. Bring your latest craft project/idea and join in relaxed conversation– with an EqUUal Access facilitator.

Individual Pastoral Conversation  with a UU minister by appointment with Rev. Helen McFadyen or Rev. Barbara Meyers. Please email in advance to schedule in advance.


Community Care

By Carolyn Pardue

UUCT will provide 9 dinner boxes for families. These are boxes that will have the ‘fixing’ for a dinner they can cook as a family. A generous donation of turkeys has already been made to Grace for these boxes so we are not responsible for turkeys.
Each box will contain:

whole raw turkey (already donated to Grace)
2 bags/boxes of instant mashed potatoes
4 cans green beans and/or corn
1 can/jar turkey gravy
2 bags instant stuffing mix
1 1# box of butter (donated by a friend of UUCT)
1 can cranberry sauce
1 pumpkin pie

Remember: we are making 9 boxes – so the numbers above need to be multiplied by 9.

TIMEFRAME: All food (or money if you choose*) needs to be at UUCT by December 5 so we can inventory, purchase remaining items, if necessary, then make the boxes. *If donation is made and there is money left, it will go to Grace Mission.

HELP WANTED: On Tuesday, December 8 – we need 6-8 people (masked) on the veranda to decorate (bring your art supplies, wrapping paper, wreath stuff ) We will decorate and put the boxes together and get them delivered to Grace.

REUSE, RECYCLE, REPURPOSE: 1. If you have a basket sitting in a corner that you have wanted to replace, now is a good time. If it will hold the ingredients of our dinner box, feel free to drop it at the church. 2. if you have small holiday decorations, for any of the holidays this time of year that could be used for decorating please put them in the (brown paper) bags with your food donation.
After we (over)fill the dinner boxes, any left over food will go to Manna for its December distribution, so feel free to donate heavily.

Thank you for all you continue to do.


Allies for Racial Equity at UUCT

By Linda Wright

The Elephant in the Room

Fifty-five percent of white Americans think that racism against white people is just as important a social problem as racism against people of color, according to a 2017 study. You know these people—they are your neighbor, your co-worker, and your uncle. They say statements about race that make you cringe. You give them facts; you reason with them; you yell at them; they yell back; you stop speaking with them.

Dr. David Campt lists the reasons why we should continue to talk about racism with people we disagree with: racism against people of color is a specific problem that needs to be addressed; unless we address this, America’s overall progress will be undermined; white people have a special obligation and role to play in dismantling racism; and, productively talking with other whites is part of that obligation.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:30 am, the Allies for Racial Equity group at UUCT will be offering a special event led by Carolyn DuBard and June Noel. This is an opportunity to sample the methods that Dr. Campt recommends for compassionate conversations: RACE, standing for Reflecting, Asking, Connecting, and Expanding.

All are welcome. Please contact Linda Wright if you are interested in attending. If you are unable to attend at this time, but are interested in the material, please also contact Linda Wright. If there is sufficient interest, we are willing to repeat the demonstration at a more convenient time for you.

Cringe Worthy

When I hear the words “white privilege” and “white supremacy” I cringe. Do you? Lately I have learned that if I want to work towards being antiracist, I need to feel discomfort. I have learned that it is necessary to examine how, even I, hold white privilege. I have begun to examine my own (often unconscious) racist thoughts and behaviors.

I don’t believe that white people are superior. If we describe ourselves as a justice-seeking, anti-racist people isn’t it worth some time and effort and discomfort? Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change.

Beginning on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 the Allies for Racial Equity group at UUCT (ARE@UUCT) will start a  multiple-session program using the book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad. The program includes personal reflection, journaling and the option to share our learning.

This opportunity will lead participants towards understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that we can stop inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

If you wish to join us you must do so before we begin. Once we start this journey we will be closed to new members until all the sessions are completed.

Create the change the world needs by creating change within yourself. Contact Linda Wright for more information. If you are unable to attend at this time, but are interested in the material, please also contact Linda Wright. If there is sufficient interest, we are willing to repeat the demonstration at a more convenient time for you.


Discussion and Covenant Building: Centering BIPOC Voices

By Robin Gray

The next gathering of Centering BIPOC Voices on Saturday December 12, 2020 will give all participants a chance to discuss an interesting book and to help to develop a covenant for the group.

A covenant is an agreement, a pledge, a promise from each member to other members. It is an important part of a group like ours that encourages open discussion. In this context our covenant will help each participant live into the values of Unitarian Universalism. Values that encourage us to listen carefully to one another, work through disagreements, and support the goals of the group.

We encourage everyone interested in Centering BIPOC Voices to attend this meeting and create a covenant. The book for this month is an essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie entitled “We Should All Be Feminists”.  Adichie is a Nigerian who considers America her adoptive land. She may be known to you as the author of “Americanah” (2013). “We Should All Be Feminists” is a brief book that explores her views on African feminism, gender and sexuality. Topics that can lead to a lively discussion.

In January we’ll be reading and discussing “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudofo Anaya, a coming of age story set in rural New Mexico.

Contact Robin Gray (robingray021@gmail.com) to receive the Zoom log in information for each second Saturday discussion. December 12, 3:30 PM – “We Should All Be Feminists” and January 9, 3:30 PM – “Bless Me, Ultima”