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Plymouth 400th Remembrance at GA 2020

To know where we are headed, we must be in touch with our theological and historical roots. A major focus of the 2020 General Assembly (GA) will be partnership with Indigenous leaders in the Northeast to explore how to co-exist in right relationship with one another and the land we occupy. We will deepen our understanding of Unitarian Universalism’s role in European settlement, 400 years since our direct religious ancestors on the Mayflower landed in Plymouth and began the colonization of what is now New England. GA will delve into our theological and historical roots, bringing those threads into the present day and acting in solidarity with Indigenous communities. 

This work is connected to the 2012 Responsive Resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and the 2016 Business Resolution “Thanksgiving Day Reconsidered”. The 2016 resolution calls on all Unitarian Universalists to “enter a time of education, careful reflection, and healing, during the years 2016-2021, and that special attention be given to the suffering, indignity, and loss that native peoples have suffered since the early 1600s”. 

Great intention and effort was put into creating meaningful programming on this topic, centering Native leadership and preparing for this General Assembly in relationship with the original peoples of New England and Turtle Island.

An Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) is also being submitted on this topic. By no means will this initiative be over at the end of the General Assembly. With that said...

Consider attending the following GA programs and side events to engage in this journey of learning and faithful decolonization:

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Transforming & Ending the Colonial Paradigm with the InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC)
TUESDAY, June 23rd, 9-12 p.m. PT / 10-1 MT / 11-2 CT / 12-3 ET
Info & Registration HERE 

The Condor & The Eagle Documentary Screening & Discussion
SUNDAY, 6/28 at 3 PT / 4 MT /  5 CT / 6 pm ET
This program will be entirely bilingual (English & Spanish) & is free for all with a sliding-scale suggested donation of $1-100 ($25 avg).
All attendees must PRE-REGISTER. You can also co-host as a congregation


THE DESTRUCTIVE LEGACY OF COLONIALISM:  The Earth is crying out for all her creatures - Three-part series:

  • #605 Covenants and Colonialism
  • #606 Decolonization and Earth Justice
  • #616 Settler Colonialism and Genocide

#601 1620: Beyond The Mayflower, A Path To Atonement
#612 Ramapough Lenape: Rightful Return To The Land 
#615 Setting The Table: Strategies In Organizing And Decolonizing 
#617 Spirituality: A Narragansett Perspective 


#204 Colonialism’s Impact On Palestinians And Indigenous North Americans 
Thursday, 6/25, 7 a.m. PT / 8 MT / 9 CT / 10 ET

#218 Actions Of Immediate Witness (Aiw) Reflect & Share
Thursday, 6/24, 4:30 p.m. PT / 5:30 MT / 6:30 CT / 7:30 ET
A time to discuss the “Address 400 Hundred Years of White Supremacist Colonialism” AIW (and others)

FRIDAY, 6/26, 1 pm PT / 2 MT / 3 CT / 4 ET (1 hour)

  • #316 Theological Grounding For Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • #319 Hospitality, Reparations, & Our First Principle


#410 Reparations: Rooted In Repair 
Saturday, 6/27, 7 a.m. PT / 8 MT / 9 CT / 10 ET (1.5 hours)

#508 Moving Towards Truth, Healing And Reconciliation
Sunday, 6/28, 12:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 MT / 2:30 CT / 3:30 ET (1.5 hours)

#513 Indigenous Resistance: NoDAPLPolitical Prisoners Create Climate Justice
Sunday, 6/28, 12:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 MT / 2:30 CT / 3:30 ET (1.5 hours) 


GA Welcoming Celebration
WEDNESDAY, 6/24, 4:30 p.m. PT / 5:30 MT / 6:30 CT / 7:30 ET
The welcoming celebration centers Indigenous/Native UU voices as well as Jessie Little Doe Baird, Vice-Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council

Settler Colonialism and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
Featured Speaker: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
THURSDAY, 6/25, 9 a.m. PT / 10 MT / 11 CT / 12:00 PM ET
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Ethic Studies at California State University. She is author or editor of 15 books, including ​the award-winning and 2019-2020 UU Common Read selection An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Her most recent book is Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. Forthcoming in 2021 from Beacon Press is Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion.

Service of the Living Tradition
THURSDAY, 6/25, 3 p.m. PT / 4 MT / 5 CT / 6 ET
Rev. Danielle Di Bona (Wampanoag) will be delivering the sermon for the Service of the Living Tradition this year. 

Fahs Lecture: Reflecting on Teachings about Indigenous Peoples
FRIDAY, 6/26, 9 am PT / 10 MT / 11 CT / 12 ET
Jean Mendoza, Ph.D., M.Ed is co-adaptor of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People. Natalie Martinez, Ph.D., K’awaika-meh (Laguna Pueblo), is the author of the educator’s guide for An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People.

Indigenous Knowledge in a Time of Pandemics
Featured Speaker: Dina Gilio-Whitaker
SUNDAY, 9 a.m. PT / 10 MT / 11 CT / 12 ET (0.75 hour) 
Indigenous knowledge holds important philosophical Dina Gilio-Whitaker keys to transcending the ecocidal path the human race is on. Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’ “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019. Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Sunday Morning Worship
TWO SESSIONS: 10 am CT / 11 ET ; 11 am PT / 12 pm MT
The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities.


General Session V
Saturday, June 27, 10:30 am PT / 11:30 MT / 12:30 CT / 1:30 ET
Consideration of Actions of Immediate Witness

General Session VI
Saturday, June 27, 1 pm PT / 2 MT / 3 CT / 4 ET
Courageous Love Awards (honoring Water Protector Prisoners & Family)