The next Dismantling Racism Workshop at ERUUF will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 2017. The workshop is all day (8:30 am-4:30 pm), both days, and will be held in the Fellowship Hall at ERUUF.
ERUUF is reserving up to half of the available spots for participants from five People-of-Color-led organizations with whom we work as partners.
ERUUFians and Community Partners who want to attend the October workshop should apply online using the form below. Space is limited and priority for ERUUFians will be given to active members. Meals will be provided. The only cost to participants will be a $10 registration fee (scholarships available).
Know Thyself, and, To Thine Own Self Be True
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
The business executive turned Harvard Business School professor, Bill George, says that the key to successful leadership is to start with ourselves, and with our own story. We need to know where we’ve come from, and what we’ve come through. These are exactly the ideas behind our own spiritual autobiographies and Odysseys. Here are just a few of the quite wonderful questions that George offers in his book Discover Your True North:
Summer Film Series
When: Wednesdays in July (July 5, 12, 19, and 26)
Time: 7 to 9 pm Where: Commons Room
Prayer Class - Registration Required
When: Sundays—July 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 12 noon Where: Commons Room
ERUUF: An Operators Guide - Registration Required
When: Sundays—August 6, 13, 20
Time: 12:15-1:30 pm Where: Commons Room
With Hope for the Racially Equitable, Inclusive World We All Believe is Possible
by Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
By now you’ve probably heard about enormous events at the UUA set into motion by a hiring decision that was challenged by a Latina woman. She had been told by HR that she was fully qualified for the position, yet was turned down because she “wasn’t the right fit.” This is within an institution that’s been intentionally working to be anti-racist and inclusive for more than 50 years. In the aftermath of her disclosure, and in support of continuing our important work, our President resigned three months before the end of his term. Two other senior leaders also resigned, and the UUA Board has appointed a three person team to the Office of the President until we elect a new President at our General Assembly in June.
THREADS OF LIFE - textiles by Spiritual Threads
On display until August 16
Spiritual Threads is a collective that explores thread-work in a social-justice framework, observing how societies use textiles to express spirituality and preserve culture. The works exhibited include quilting, embroidery, hand-stitched collage, weaving, fabric painting and felting. Additionally, pottery is exhibited by Kitty Sherwin.
The Freedom to Be Unitarian Universalist
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religious tradition with roots that go back to the ancient Hebrew prophets who fought for the human right to freedom. What holds us together are our promises to one another, rooted in the radical notion that human freedom is for the purpose of making ultimate choices. Whatever happens to us in life, whether things go as we wish or not, we choose the good things, the right things, the better things that our religious tradition and our own experience has showed us. When we do this, the sacred, however we each understand it, is with us too.
The forty-nine people who participated in this very informative workshop on March 4 came away inspired and motivated. The workshop, as publicized, truly built “our capacity to seek truth, act courageously, resist oppression, and work individually and collectively to preserve our fundamental democratic institutions”. Starting with some humorous videos of comedians poking fun at politicians,
This Little Light of Mine
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
It’s the time of year when we make pledges of financial support for next year’s programs. And Now More Than Ever we are called to Let Our UU Light Shine. Carmine Gallo says, “Passion fuels the rocket, but vision—a big dream— points the rocket to its ultimate destination.” Money is one type of fuel, and it can take us a great distance to very good places if we have a bold vision. So, where is ERUUF’s big dream of love and justice, freedom and courage, compassion and truth taking us?