What resources and strategies have been helpful in engaging your congregation? Have you encountered resistance as you’ve tried to engage your congregation in the conversation? What additional resources would you find helpful in your congregational work? Join the conversations about congregational involvement with the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter with ARE's Fall Webinar Series!
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What's New at ARE?
Thanks to all who participated in webinars, GA, debriefs, vigils, and conversations to contribute ideas to the discussions we've had over the last few months! With your help, themes emerged that we on the ARE Steering Committee will be taking action on throughout this next year.
Support: The most frequent issue, by far, we heard about was the need for support for white UUs engaged in racial justice efforts, the Movement for Black Lives, and countering white supremacy. So often, this work is isolating and disheartening; being in supportive community becomes an act of self-care, sometimes even self-preservation.
ARE would like to begin offering a monthly online support spaces for members to gather, share stories, strategies, support, and solidarity; to grieve, to lament, to encourage, to re-empower each other... and to be able to feel, deep in our bones, that we are not alone. If you're interested, please let us know your availability on the appropriate sign-up: Clergy Laity Seminarian If there is enough participation, we may be able to form additional identity-based groups and/or offer several time options.
Education & Resources: We've also heard the call to keep providing educational opportunities through webinars, conferences, and online dialogues with partners in the struggle. There's desire for both fundamental-level resources for those just getting into the movement, and deeper conversations about complex, nuanced issues - like the problem with the word "ally", and what that means for an organization like ours.
Our next webinar, Engaging the Vision for Black Lives, will be on Wednesday, August 31st at 8pm EDT. We'll discuss how we can support The Movement for Black Lives’ Vision for Black Lives policy demands, which ARE has also formally endorsed. Let’s respond to this powerful call to action, both together and individually, inside and outside our UU faith communities! https://zoom.us/j/968610975 Meeting ID: 968 610 975
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Additionally, Carrie Stewart, ARE’s Education & Resources Coordinator is looking to expand her team. If you’d like to help with content development, webinar facilitation, or other anti-racism-education related activities, let us know here!
Connections: The DRUUMM-ARE East Bay Conference will be on Saturday, October 29th at Mt. Diablo UU in Walnut Creek, California, with several worship opportunities in the area that Sunday. Although this will be primarily a regional gathering, all are welcome to attend. More information about lodging, logistics, and schedule will be available soon, along with the registration link. For now, Save the Date!
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DRUUMM & ARE Conference Saturday, October 29th, 2016 Mt. Diablo UU Walnut Creek, CA
Save the Date! Details coming soon.
Engaging the Vision for Black Lives Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 8pm EDT
Meeting ID: 968 610 975
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Telephone: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
ARE members and friends;
This has been a rough few weeks, and so many of us are just trying to hold our communities together.
The grief has been overwhelming. Again and again, we've heard news of Black men killed by police, protesters being brutalized, whole cities in pain. ARE held an online vigil on July 8th, the closing words of which are here. It will likely be the first of many. Healing spaces are crucial for us.
Our work continues. Thank you for your commitment to an anti-racist faith.
The ARE Steering Committee