For our annual service to celebrate the unique and sacred Unitarian Universalist place that is The Mountain - the UU Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC - we will have as a special guest speaker Laurel Amabile, who is part of The Mountain staff.
Apathy, Anger and Action: The White Response to a Racist America - Allen Coon - Sunday, February 19, 2017
Allen Coon is currently a student at the University of Mississippi studying public policy leadership and is a senator of the Ole Miss ASB organization. He will be discussing the importance of righteous indignation and productive white anger as a response to systemic hate. He also intends to discuss white apathy and the value of personal critique as a white ally in the struggle for racial justice.
The service on Feb. 12 is a fully intergenerational service. The children will not have separate RE classes that morning! The service will be a story, with some of the familiar elements of our services woven into the story. Y'all come!! It will be fun! The opportunity to do intergenerational services is really valuable. It is an opportunity for parents and children to have a shared experience of worship on Sunday morning. It is an opportunity for children to be with their parents and see their parents and the adults they know in the context of worship. And in this context I am using the word "Worship" in a Unitarian Universalist sense...the root of the word is worth, and worship is where we lift up what is of greatest worth. For me today, what is of great worth is the connection of dear people who care for one another and treasure religious freedom. It is being connected to something greater than myself. And through this community I find my inner compass that has been pretty stressed these last weeks.
From the beginning of the congregation we have had intergenerational services and we are glad to be drawing from these deep roots!
Y'all come! It will be fun!
"What is going on at Standing Rock? Why Should UU's Care?" In November and December Edie Love traveled twice to North Dakota to stand with the people of Standing Rock. She will share her experiences of being there as a Chaplain and witnessing first hand the challenges and the solidarity of those who responded. She will speak on her experiences as well as on the bigger issues of colonialism and abuse of native peoples. A Candidate for UU Ministry, Edie Love continues her work with the homeless population in Memphis! We are grateful to have her visit UUCO again!