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Webinar Series "Unitarian/Universalism's Colonial Legacy: Are We an Imperial Faith?"

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Type of event: Webinar

Sponsor: UUA International Resources Staff Group

This fall, the International Unitarian/Universalist Joint Working Group (Unitarian Universalist Association International Office, the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, and the UU Partner Church Council) will host a multi-part webinar series that poses the question: Are we an imperial faith? We invite you to join us to explore how we might respond to this question and its implications.

Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists have sustained and participated in systems of colonialism throughout our history and continuing to this day. Learn about our U/U history of global engagement, how that legacy plays into current relationships, and how we can move towards dismantling imperialist systems in our faith and beyond.

This webinar series will be hosted by Rev. Sara Ascher, Rev. Roger Bertschausen, Rev. Alicia Forde, and Rev. Fred Muir.

Please note: This series is geared towards a U.S. audience and will focus on the specific historical context of U.S. Unitarian/Universalist imperialism that needs to be reckoned with by its own descendants.

The 5-session webinar series will be held via Zoom from 7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern every Thursday starting September 10 through October 8, 2020. Participation will be limited to 25 people; please sign up below to participate. We look forward to engaging in stimulating conversation with you.

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Thanks for signing up for the 5-part webinar series “U/Uism’s Colonial Legacy: Are we an imperial faith?” presented by the International Unitarian/Universalist Joint Working Group.

To make sure this experience is as meaningful as possible for all participants, please make note of the following pieces of information:

  1. The webinar series is limited to 25 participants so that conversation can be in-depth. Because of the limited attendance, all who are registered are expected to participate in all 5 sessions (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Thursday, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, and October 8, 2020.)
  2. There may be a few short reading assignments before certain sessions. We expect you to read them before the session begins and you will receive any assignments with plenty of time for you to do so.
  3. The Commission on Institutional Change report has been a resource to us as we prepare this series. Participants’ familiarity with the report would be helpful, but is not mandatory.
  4. We are planning to record the sessions and post them on our website after the series is complete. Any portion that includes participant conversation and/or personal sharing will be trimmed from the public recording and will not be posted online.
  5. This webinar series will delve into an evocative topic and as such we have the following expectations for participants’ behavior throughout all sessions: (Adapted from the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong)
    1. Be fully present with your heart and your head
    2. Commit to the process—bring confidence and humility
    3. Let all voices be heard—make space/take space
    4. Support one another in respect and care
    5. Confidentiality: share your learnings, not others’ stories
    6. Remember that intent and impact are not the same thing
    7. Help us stay focused: Use the bike rack to store topics to return to later
    8. Get curious, not furious…when times get rough, turn to wonder

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