Defying the Nazis UU Action Project at UU Fellowship of Paris, Paris,
Defying Hate, Building Bridges
UUFP Special Event Weekend
September 24 & 25
Defying Hate, Building Bridges:
With a private showing of "Defying the Nazis: the Sharps' War" a documentary by Ken Burns, featuring Tom Hanks
During this weekend, we will be honoring Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, a social worker. During World War II they worked in Czechoslovakia, Portugal, and southern France, helping hundreds of people escape from Nazi persecution. The Sharps are co-founders of the Unitarian Service Committee (which did rescue work in Paris in 1944-47), now the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Inspired by the Sharps’ work, this weekend will be a time to reflect on how we ourselves can act during today's refugee crisis here in Europe.
The Sharps are being celebrated all over the United States this month because a documentary by Ken Burns, featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of Waitstill Sharp, will be shown there on PBS on September 20. The 90-minute film is entitled ”Defying the Nazis: the Sharps’ War.” We have obtained special permission to organize a private showing of the film on Sunday afternoon. Preview: http://www.pbs.org/show/defying-nazis-sharps-war/
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
3:00pm: Walking Tour of World War II Paris
Led by Dorcy Erlandson and Pamela Spurdon to Unitarian Service Committee sites 1944-47, Mémorial de la Déportation, and Mémorial du Rafle du Vél d’Hiv
7:00pm Bistrot Dinner, Paris 15
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
10:30am: UUFP Sunday service at La Maison Verte
Led by the Rev. Eric Cherry, “On Being, Becoming and Belonging”
Eric Cherry is the Director of the UUA International Office
4:00pm: private showing of “Defying the Nazis: the Sharps War"
Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 75007
Film shown in English without subtitles. A contribution of 5 euros is suggested. All proceeds will go to a refugee support organization.
Reservations are essential for security reasons: contact: uufp [dot] sharps [dot] event [at] gmail [dot] com
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