Monthly BIPOC Group
As a self-identifying person of color, you are welcomed to attend our monthly gathering. We are an informal group coming together to share and support our community. For more information contact Rosa Morgan or Meagan Chisholm.
Our next meeting is this Sunday, September 26 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To join our Zoom gathering, click here.
Special Newcomer/Guest Break-out Room Every Sunday After the Service
Newcomers and other guests, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us in a special break-out room any Sunday during the social time following the service. You are welcome to participate in this break-out room more than once. It will be an opportunity for you to get to know us and us to get to know you. You can also share about what brought you to UUCT and ask questions you might have. And if you would rather just participate in one of the general break-out rooms during social time, you are always invited to do so. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the break-out room or about the church, please email: email@example.com
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle, Sally Andersen and others)
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT)
ARE@UUCT began meeting bi-weekly in early September 2020, patterning ourselves after the UUA organization, Allies for Racial Equity. We share leadership and make decisions by consensus. We ground ourselves in our UU Principles and make relationship building a priority. We are UUCT members with white privilege working to: Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it.
ARE@UUCT group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm. Our next meeting will be Monday, September 27. For more information, contact Linda Wright.
Indwellers Group at UUCT
Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration.
You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care. Join us for our next Zoom discussion on Tuesday, September 28 at 8 PM
For more information, contact Natalie Binder.
Join us weekly via Zoom for a synergistic interfaith spiritual practice of many forms of singing, chanting, and group observation of silence.
The goal is to help each participant reach a place within themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life; wherever they find Peace. Led by Angel de Armendi, Music Director.
Singing Meditation will is on an alternating Tuesday/Thursday rotation schedule. Our next gathering will be Thursday, September 30 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.
If interested in joining or for more information, contact Music Director Angel de Armendi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an important part of the interim process beginning October 2, we will be holding a series of six listening circles via Zoom. The dates are Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 10 am, Sunday, Oct. 3rd at 4 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 6:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 15th at Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 20th at 2 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 2 pm. You are invited to register here.
If you are unable to attend any of these sessions but would like to participate, please email email@example.com. Additional sessions may be scheduled, or individual meetings could be scheduled focusing on the same questions. Read the full listening circle Message from the Minister here.
Church Work Day
Join us Saturday, October 9 from 9 AM – 2 PM for our monthly church work day.
Current UUCT Covid Guidelines will be followed. For more information contact Bonnie Abellera. Even if you can only help for an hour or two, that will be appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Centering BIPOC Voices: October Discussion
By Robin Gray
The October gathering for Centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Voices will highlight “Eloquent Rage” by Brittany Cooper. We will meet via Zoom at 3:30 PM, October 9.
The description of the book below is adapted from a review that appeared on www.kirkusreviews.com: “We [black women] are told we are irrational, crazy, out of touch, entitled, disruptive and not team players,” writes Cooper (Women and Gender Studies, Africana Studies/Rutgers Univ.). But as her feminist foremother Audre Lorde once remarked, this anger was not only legitimate; it was also “a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.” Here, Cooper brings together essays tracing her evolution as a feminist while giving voice to the political (out)rage seething within. … Her quest for political authenticity meant fighting with white women over racism and black men over sexism. … Cooper’s feminist journey also forced her to shed cultural “baggage”—such as the racism of a white society that questioned her movements on American streets and the sexism of black society that sought to control her sexuality through the church—that limited her passage through the world. … Sharp and always humane, Cooper’s book suggests important ways in which feminism needs to evolve for the betterment not just of black women, but society as a whole.
“Eloquent Rage” by Brittany Cooper is readily available in eBook, audio and paper versions on the internet. The copy held at The Leroy Collins Leon County Library is in use and on hold for a patron.
Contact Robin Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list. You will receive in return a document outlining our covenant, and a list of books that may be considered for future discussions. The Zoom link is circulated 3 or 4 days in advance of each meeting.
Mindful Meditation- Returning Sunday, October 17
You are welcome to join us every Sunday beginning again on Sunday, October 17 from 3 PM to 4 PM on Zoom. We are a community of meditators who come together for a chance to center ourselves with calm and focus. Each week a member of the group leads the meditation, drawing from a variety of Buddhist thought. Our usual practice starts with a guided meditation or a passage reading while seated, followed by a walking meditation, then finishing with a silent meditation. At the conclusion, we share our experiences with each other.
Whether you are new or seasoned to the practice of meditation, all are welcome. Please email Ardenkelly@yahoo.com for the Zoom link invitation to be sent to you every Saturday.
Arden Kelly is a Director & Teaching Artist Acting/Voice & Speech/Voiceover/Singer pursuing a Masters in London.
UU Explorations is a special Small Group Ministry for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is a sharing and listening circle about topics that relate to the theme: What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? It is an opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level and reflect together on important topics and concepts in Unitarian Universalism. At each gathering, we: check in with each other on how our lives are going, share our thoughts on one of twelve topics, simply listen to one another, and then share any further reflections we have. The circle is specifically not a class or discussion group.
UU Explorations meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For more information, the current readings, and Zoom details contact Trudy Deyle. The next gathering will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM. The topic will be “Covenant: At UUCT and In the Unitarian Universalist Movement”