Fourth UU JPD Racial & Social Justice Summit
Type of event: Training
Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA
Hosted by The Joseph Priestley District
Facilitators: Kerridwen Henry and Paula Cole Jones
Registration fee is $20, scholarships are available upon request.
Karen Scrivo, Ministerial Intern, UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland
Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, Assistant Minister of the UU Congregation of Rockville
Humanists and Unitarian Universalists (clergy, staff, lay leaders, members, & friends) who feel called to live and work for the truth that Black Lives Matter are invited to gather for our 4th summit “Self-Care & Loving Resistance: Carrying the Past, Attending to the Present, and Organizing for the Future”.
We will gather at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland from 9:30-3:30.
During our time together . . .
* ministers will share personal experiences with self-care and guide us through a self-care practice
- Karen Scrivo, Ministerial Intern with the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland
- Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, Assistant Minister of the UU Congregation of Rockville
* we will devote a full hour to exploring self-care in our racial identity caucuses
- one caucus for those identifying as people of color (including, but not limited to, those identifying as black or of African descent)
- one caucus for those identifying as white
As with past summits, we will share fellowship while eating box lunches provided by the local black-owned company, GIST Family Catering, and we will share music and inspirational words.
PLEASE INVITE OTHER UUs! We hope that at least two representatives from every UU congregation within commuting distance will participate. Because of the focus on self-care, we particularly invite clergy and people experienced in pastoral care or counseling to be part of this summit. If your congregation has a committee and/or staff member that focuses on racial justice work, it would be ideal for those representatives to be present.
Note from the organizers (Paula Cole Jones and Kerridwen Henry): We recognize that there is a range of opinions and a range in type of involvement when it comes to anti-racism work. If you are someone who would describe yourself as just beginning to learn about racism and to take action to dismantle it, you are very welcome to be part of this gathering. But we have not scheduled time to discuss or debate the truth that Black Lives Matter or to try to persuade people that racism is real, widespread, and expressed both individually and systemically. Our hope is that we can build on the sharing that has happened in previous summits – even if some people are coming for the first time – and focus on supporting each other in caring for ourselves as we resist oppression.
SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 7th – 5th UU Black Lives Matter Summit