By Central East Region of the UUA

Words: Compass, Navigating the paths to liberation together. December 11-12, 2021. Program Highlights: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Rising Appalachia (Trio), Worship, Article II Study Commission, Caucus Gatherings, Panel Discussions. Black background with green half a compass rose on top, green background on bottom.

Have you heard about COMPASS? This virtual gathering on December 11th (1-9 pm ET) and 12th (noon-4:30 ET) promises to be an exciting event that will invite each of us to reach into our spiritual toolkits and grab our “compass,” our wayfinder, that inner voice that points us toward goodness. Join us in charting a path toward a deeper knowing of Unitarian Universalism. This is a time for the Unitarian Universalist Association to reflect on the theme of “interdependence” and how it guides us in our individual and communal lives. Plus, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to provide input to the Article II Commission which is charged with reviewing our Principles.

Wish you could attend Compass, but your schedule does not allow it? Did you know that registration gives you access to material even after the event?

What Will Be Happening at Compass?

  • Two women standing on road. One on the left with hat and large hoop earrings is holding a guitar.  The woman on the right is holding a banjo.  They are both looking up at the sky.  Text says Music and Wisdom from Rising Appalachia (trio) COMPASS
    Music with Rising Appalachia (Trio). As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. The album title alludes to the concept of invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces, bonded by a spiritual and magnetic presence. That deep sense of connection is key to understanding Rising Appalachia as a whole. Joined in concert by David Brown, sisters Leah and Chloe Smith will be offering their musical talent and lived wisdom for an experience you will not want to miss. They will also be part of a panel discussion.
  • Learning with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, a Queer Black Feminist Love Evangelist and aspirational cousin to all life. She is/they are the author of several books, most recentlyUndrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals,and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust, an intergenerational experiential living library of Black LBGTQ brilliance. Intertwining their lived wisdom with that of Compass’ theme of interdependence, this conversation will surely be a highlight that will invite all into a yearning for deeper and more expansive ways of being with one another along our paths to liberation.
  • Article II Study Commission Square
    Reflection with the Article II Study Commission. It is said that one of the core theological values shared by Unitarian Universalists is Love. As such, the Article II Study Commission was charged in 2020 to let the transforming power of Love guide them in their work to discern how we articulate and enact such a force in our local communities. Join the Commission during Compass as we reflect, share, and imagine how Love could be embodied and proclaimed in our interdependent paths toward liberation. This conversation is how we provide input to what will become our Principles and Sources.
  • Worship with Visionary Leaders. Let us gather as one community as we explore the depths of our spirits along the journey to liberation. Guiding us in worship are a number of visionary leaders including Jessica York, Amanda M. Thomas, Aisha Hauser, Sarah Jebian, Rev. Bill Sinkford, Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Karishma Gottfried, and many others. Come, let us center and connect with one another as we honor the mystery of the interdependent web of creation.
  • Caucus Discussions. An opportunity to reflect within identity groups to regroup and tend to the accountability required for interdependence.

Register now and join us this weekend! The fee is on a sliding scale from $25-$60. Don't miss your opportunity to attend. Learn more at the COMPASS event page.