Spring Seminar Programs & Schedule

Not Registered For Spring Seminar 2021?

Seminar Theme Panel Live Stream

Check out the UUA Office at the UN's Facebook page this Saturday at 5:30pm Eastern for a live stream of the Seminar Theme Panel.

"Ensure Food Security in a World of Changing Climate"

Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT | Streaming Live on Facebook

This panel conversation will include experts and activists from the United Nations and affiliated organizations with specialized knowledge of global food security, forest preservation, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, and intergenerational youth-focused engagement. This program is a highlight that most connects the Spring Seminar with the work of the United Nations.

Presenters

  • Steve Chiu (Moderator): Representative, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Hawa Diallo: Chief, Civil Society Unit, United Nations Department of Global Communications
  • Charles McNeill: Senior Advisor, Forests and Climate, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Aly Tharp: Program Director, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
  • Caroline Wimberly: Senior Campaign Manager, 50by40 / Food and Climate Alliance

Other Opportunities to Engage With "Food Equity & Sustainability"

For those who are passionate about this year's theme "All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability," but aren't able to participate in the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, check out more ways to engage with the theme.

colorful logo for the "UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar" Online April 9-11, 2021 entitled "All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability"

2021 Seminar Schedule

For registered attendees, a full program guide website will be shared including further details about the programs and presenters.

Friday, April 9, 2021

  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Hang-outs hosted by Planning Committee (optional) - Bring your meal along!
    • Youth-only space
    • Young Adult-only space
    • Elders-only space
    • Multigenerational space
  • 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM EDT
  • Meet & Greet for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color) Attendees
  • 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
    Virtual Musical Interlude
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
    Welcome Ceremony & Worship: "Gathering Around the Welcome Well"
    Come together in community! Here you'll learn key information about how to participate in the Seminar. Join us for an introductory worship where we center ourselves spiritually in our goals for the seminar.
  • 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM EDT 
    Intergenerational Small Group Session 1: "Ground" in our place within the food web and food system.

Saturday, April 10, 2020

  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM EDT
    Morning Worship: "Tending the Sparks of Change"
    You’re invited to a worship which will focus on transformation and our connections.
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Keynote Presentation and Live Q&A: "Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty"
    Virtual Keynote presented by Soul Fire Farm. Learn how we can help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our local and global community. More on the Keynote & Presenters!
  • 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM EDT
    Break
  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
    Optional break activity: Guided Writing Meditation
  • 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
    Intergenerational Small Groups Session 2: "Connect" how food injustice is impacting our communities, and where food justice is healing our communities.
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Break
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Workshop: "Race, Colonization, and Climate: Community-Building Through Identity-Based Caucusing"
    This session is a call to invite all people to join hands and gather to reflect on the current moment of food and climate inequality, exchange our aspirations and learn how our UU values can strengthen our commitments to the intersections of race and colonization with food equity and climate justice. We are honored to have Paula Cole Jones (All Souls Church, D.C) and Rashid Shaikh (First Parish in Cambridge, MA.) lead in this caucus. This workshop will include both a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and a white caucus space and will end with internal reflections and a short discussion with all participants to share new perspectives and ideas.
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
    Break
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
    Theme Session & Discussion: "Ensure Food Security in a World of Changing Climate"
    This panel conversation will include experts and activists from the United Nations and affiliated organizations with specialized knowledge of global food security, forest preservation, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, and intergenerational youth-focused engagement. This program is a highlight that most connects the Spring Seminar with the work of the United Nations.
  • 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM EDT
    Workshop on Engaged Justice: "Covenantal Organizing for Today’s Movements"
    Effective organizing is transformative for everyone involved. We’ll discuss organizing frameworks that provide multiple points of entry that welcome all into our movements for justice. Through the lens of our UU faith, we will consider how all are called to deepen their spiritual grounding through collaborative justice work. Presented by UURISE
  • 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM EDT
    Break
  • 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
    Game night/karaoke

Sunday, April 11, 2020

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
    Sunday Worship Service: "Sustaining the Breath of Life"
    In our final worship together, we will remind ourselves of our learning throughout the weekend and focus on bringing our knowledge into our own communities moving forward.
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Break
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT 
    Workshop: "From Passion to Action: Effective Community Engagement"
    How can congregations help change our food systems so that they can be both sustainable and equitable? During this workshop, participants will hear from Dr. Karambu Ringera, founder of International Peace Initiatives and Tiriji Foundation, who will share stories about her phenomenal work in Kenya around food sovereignty and land care as a pathway to healing and regeneration. Join this workshop to learn how to engage your congregation or community from passion to action in the context of climate justice and food equity.
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
    Break
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM EDT
    Intergenerational Small Groups Session 3: "Equip" ourselves for continuing the work of climate justice, knowing we each have a role to play.
  • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Break
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Workshop: "Rooted in Action: Reaching Toward Justice"
    Join our Sunday workshop, in collaboration with the UU College of Social Justice and the UU Ministry for Earth, that will give us a framework and opportunity to take action for food justice. Exploring food access and production in our communities, we’ll use the metaphor of a tree to map out injustice: what are its roots (systems) and what are its branches (impacts)? Then we’ll join action breakout circles together, getting a chance to try out justice work that is both strategic and meaningful.
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
    Closing Ceremony
    This final session of the 2021 Intergenerational Seminar will give all participants a chance to reconnect in community, in commitment, and in joy! Song, play, and intention will guide the close of these meaningful few days together, carrying forth all attendees toward a year of action for food equity and sustainability in the months ahead.