Description: Beloved Conversations

  • Name: Beloved Conversations
  • Authors: Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • Publishers: Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • Year of last revision: 2022
  • Format: The format of Beloved Conversations originally involved in-person retreats with Fahs Collaborative staff, with small groups that continued past the retreat. During the pandemic the Collaborative launched Beloved Conversations Virtual which includes large- and small-group learning in cohorts and identity groups online.
  • Oppressions addressed: Racism
  • Where to find it: Online or by calling 312-445-9221
  • Virtual option? Y
  • Optimal group size: varies
  • Retreat-compatible? The in-person version, when available, often includes a retreat.
  • Solo-compatible? Someone can sign up for Beloved Conversations Virtual as an individual, though it's best for congregational groups to do together.
  • Number of sessions: 6 sessions over 12 weeks
  • Length of sessions: 90 minutes
  • Level of understanding (beginner/intermediate/advanced): ranges from beginner to intermediate
  • Age groups: It has historically been designed for adults. In 2022, Beloved Conversations is piloting a new program for BIPOC and multiracial families including children and youth.
  • Intended audiences: UU congregations and individual UUs
  • Facilitator qualities/training: n/a
  • Recommended modifications to fit UUA common framework: none
  • Additional comments: This program is under regular review and revisions to keep current with evolving needs, understandings, and pedagogy for anti-racist multicultural change in Unitarian Universalist contexts.