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Date(s) - 11/17/2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fellowship Building


Greetings fellow UU’s –

“Explore the characteristics of white supremacy culture to better understand how we can show up for racial justice.”

The above words are taken from the Board’s goals for this year as outlined at their fall retreat. The Social Justice Ministries Council is offering one way that we can individually and collectively work toward this goal.

Please join us as we continue to examine race in America during a book-group-like discussion of selected readings from The 1619 Project on Sunday, Nov 17 after church from 11:30 – 1:00 at the Fellowship Building. The 1619 Project is a creation of the NY Times magazine and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. The year 1619 is significant because it was 400 years ago that the first enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. The Aug 24 issue of the magazine contains multiple articles about the legacy of slavery and the history and struggle of blacks in America, each focusing on different themes and written by different journalists.

For the discussion, the Social Justice Ministries Council selected 3 articles from The 1619 Project – “The Idea of America”, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Our Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi, and “Mass Incarceration” by Bryan Stevenson – see attached pdfs, or follow this link, or pick up a packet of the readings in the back of the church. The discussion will be like a book group, with several of us getting the discussion going and everyone else welcome to participate, or stay silent and just be present.

You may also want to listen to the 1619 podcast – a series with 5 episodes each about 35 to 40 minutes in length. For our discussion, if you do not have time to do the reading, you could listen to the relevant episodes (episode 1 and 4 correspond to the first two articles above, respectively. There is not an episode that corresponds to the Mass Incarceration article.). All of the podcast episodes are riveting, and highly recommended.

Reading these articles, listening to the podcasts, and processing them together is one more way for us to continue on our individual and collective journeys toward understanding the legacy of slavery and the characteristics of white supremacy culture.

There will be snacks and we are looking into childcare – stay tuned.

With gratitude,

The Social Justice Ministries Council

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