ARE's 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the UU Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) the third weekend in October: Friday, 3:30 pm to Sunday, 6 pm! To improve accessibility, we've added additional registration options, including individual tickets for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Register today!
We are excited to have a wonderful variety of presenters and programs this year! To ensure adequate space, after you register, please select your preferred workshops for Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon sessions.
Saturday Morning: 10 am - Noon
“Yeah, But How Do We Do This”?: A Strategy Lab for Racial Justice Action
How do we help our congregations embrace the values of racial justice and take action to live those values in our faith communities and in the larger communities we live in? How do we overcome obstacles in our congregations and how can we be effective for racial justice in our communities?
Longtime anti-racist/collective liberation organizer, author, and educator, Chris Crass will facilitate this conversational space for people already engaged with racial justice to share questions, insights, and lessons, all focused on how we can grow capacity for racial justice values in our congregations and take even more effective action. This program is designed primarily for people who are already active in racial justice work, and are moving to deepen their engagement and grow collective organizing capacity.
"Deeper Work": Reducing Racial Bias
What do we do after (finally) taking that Harvard Implicit Bias Test? Corey Zadik (of UUCA) brings his passion for social justice and Master of Applied Positive Psychology to lead this interactive workshop focused on practical, day-to-day acts and attitudes that have been shown to reduce implicit racial bias in the long term. Based on the work of Patricia Devine, PhD, and beginning with an appreciative approach to our experiences with race, we explore new thoughts, behaviors, and strategies that can displace our unconscious and automatic thoughts and feelings about people of different ethnicities.
Recognizing that life, even at its best, is messy and imperfect, our goal is to reduce our "emotional charge" around race, leading our interactions and relations with individuals of other races and ethnicities to be as mundane - and as fair - as with those who "look like us".
Participants are asked to have recently taken the Harvard Implicit Bias Test on Race https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ (preferably within 72 hours), and to have their results with them.
Spiritually Grounding Your Racial Justice Work Through Yoga
We need spiritual grounding to provide sustenance to our work. Otherwise, we can too easily become drained and burnt out by the relentlessness of the work before us and the magnitude of what we have to accomplish. Our spiritual practice is not indulgent; it is a part of our work.
Join us for some conversation about the role of spiritual practice within your life as an activist and some actual practice through yoga, including some meditation, pranayama (breathing) and asana (poses). Our practice will focus on grounding poses, heart opening poses and poses to connect us to our vision. Modifications will be offered to make this workshop as accessible to all levels as possible.
Come in comfortable clothes that you can move in, and please bring a yoga mat if you have one! Our facilitator, Elka Carrier-Ladd, is a 200RYT as well as a UU minister.
Saturday All Day: 10 am - 6 pm
"Beyond UUs: Countering Oppression from the Inside Out" (ALL DAY PROGRAM; runs until 6pm)
With our deep commitment to justice, what's stopping us?... UUs?... Could it be.... US?
Go "over under around & through" in this full-day, intensive, fast paced, and whole-istic ARAO program designed to equip people with frameworks, tools, and tactics to more accurately assess their social locations, build shared analysis, and begin challenging white supremacy within themselves and in their communities.
Using a variety of resources, experiential exercises, caucusing, and group discussion, we explore aspects of identity, bias, power, and systemic injustice to develop a deeper understanding of, and powerful strategies to dismantle oppression, privilege, and oft-hidden barriers to inclusion, authentic relationships, and equitable alliances. Facilitated by a multi-cultural team to engage people from a broad range of backgrounds & experiences, together, we create a collaborative and empowering learning environment for us all, whether we've been in "the movement" for twenty minutes, twenty years, or (like most of us) somewhere in between. Facilitators: Soneika Heslop, Dipak Panchal, Rob Smith, Carolina Krawarik-Graham
Saturday Afternoon: 1 - 5pm
"Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation"
We must rise, with our vision, our values, our communities, and our courage, for racial justice, human rights and collective liberation in these times. With right wing attacks on our communities and the Earth, with people of color-led racial justice movements on the move, and with majority white faiths like Unitarian Universalists struggling against the impacts of white supremacy internally, this is a time when white people, in particular, must choose what side of history they/we stand on. Will white people continue to be, as James Baldwin says, “moral monsters”, or will white people join in the struggle for multiracial democracy, for structural change against supremacy systems in our society and in our denominations and congregations?
Come and explore how we can build stronger racial justice values and action in our congregations and communities and engage ALL who want to do this work. Whether you’ve been active for decades or a few days, this interactive workshop with longtime anti-racist/collective liberation organizer, author, and educator, Chris Crass "brings home" how we can ALL rise for racial justice and work for collective liberation in our congregations, in our communities, and in our country.
Addressing Intersectional White Supremacy
In the U.S. white supremacy has evolved throughout our history to operate economically, institutionally, culturally, and individually, shaping everyone’s ideas and chances at healthy, fulfilling lives. Jyaphia Christos-Rodgers leads this workshop to focus on two areas of content:
First we explore the relationship between race and class by considering the racialized economic strategies that get applied to people in US Society. Participants will identify ways that they see these strategies being carried out in their own communities, including the ways that they themselves participate in the economy. Second, we address white socialization and the resulting internalization of white supremacy, and how we as white folks operate as individuals, with other white people, with various groups of people of color, and within institutions. We consider the ways that this impacts our spirituality and our ability to be useful anti racist allies and strategic organizers for movement building.
Transformers: More Than Meets The "Aye" Collaboration ---> Consensus ---> Community
Although the way our congregations organize themselves may often feel like Anarchy, most are still using a "traditional" UU model of 'Committees' which is inherently hierarchical, and typically uses Robert's Rules of Order to run meetings. Does a model that's older than our religion itself still work for justice-seeking, liberal faith traditions in the 21st century? How do we build anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism into the core of our very 'operating systems' and into the culture of our congregational life? Let's find out, together!
Amy Smith and Jim Krawarik-Graham lead an exploration of collaborative, consensus-driven systems and concrete structural changes we can make in our organizations to disrupt white supremacy, reorient toward power-sharing, and create a resilient, equitable, anti-oppressive culture.
3:30 pm Onsite Registration Opens
5:00 pm Meet & Connect
7:00 pm Evening Program: "Deeper than the Skin"
9:00 am "We ARE" Welcome & Worship
10:00 am Morning Workshop Sessions
12:00 pm "Stone Soup and More" Lunch
1:00 pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions
5:00 pm Late Afternoon Workshop Session and/or
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening Program with The Soulprint Players
9:00 am Worship at UUCA, Chris Crass preaching
10:15 am ARE Membership Meeting
11:30 am Break for lunch offsite
1:00 pm Workshop: Allies to Accomplices (ends at 6pm)
1:30 pm Workshop: Using Body Wisdom to Cultivate Just Communities (ends at 4:30pm)
Relationship, Commitment, and Stone Soup