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This year’s General Assembly in Spokane will be pivotal for Unitarian Universalism.
Are you ready?
We’ve been planning for months for the deeper work we are being called to do together this June, and we’ll be doubling down on our presence at GA this year - with 14 people from the ARE Leadership Collective coming in support!
The ARE booth (#341 - right alongside DRUUMM) will be “Collaboration^3” - and we’ll be partnering with more groups than ever before in advocacy, outreach and movement-building! ARE members will be called to do a variety of solidarity actions during their volunteer time commitment (sign up to volunteer with ARE). We'll have lots of resources, activities, cool ribbons, fun prizes - all designed to engage folks more deeply in disrupting white supremacy in our faith - and you might just find Dr. Shelly Tochluk there too!
To prepare ourselves well, we’ll be hosting two online conversations via Zoom to connect with ARE members & white allies. Want the “real inside scoop” of what ARE is planning? Join us for one or both!
Wednesday 6/5 - 8pm EDT Monday 6/10 - 9pm EDT
If this is your first GA and/or your first time volunteering with ARE, these calls, as well as reviewing last year’s GA report are a great way to get oriented before the wild rush begins in Spokane. An info video for ARE volunteers and folks who can’t make these sessions will be posted here afterwards.
While weARE@GA join us for our off-grid events too! You can RSVP via facebook - or right here on the ARE sign-up genius. We'll also be livestreaming whatever we can from our facebook page so you can check in there if you miss out.
We’ve scheduled 30-minute Zoom debriefs on Wed. 6/19 - Sat. 6/22 at 1pm PDT primarily for offsite ARE participants to keep them connected to what’s happening on the ground. Onsite attendees are also welcome to attend - the more, the merrier!
Sunday’s debrief will be at 3pm PDT, shortly after the exhibit hall closes.
Monday, July 1st, 6-7:30pm PDT, we’ll be hosting a full GA debrief via Zoom so we can include more participant feedback in our GA report.
Don’t miss your chances to participate with the UUA Commission on Institutional Change while at GA! We’ll have more information during our online prep conversations, but you can find details and signups for the CoIC here. For those who missed the online focus groups in the last few months, it looks like there will be more opportunities in Spokane.
Want to volunteer with ARE? Won't be in Spokane, but want to support ARE's GA outreach? Have questions? You can catch ARE GA co-coordinators, Laura Bollettino and Carolina Krawarik-Graham anytime at theTeam(at)uuare.org
Stay tuned for updates and see you in Spokane!
During regional in-gathering time slot on Wednesday, we are calling on all UUs with a passion for building an anti-oppressive anti-racist culture in their faith communities to gather for a networking and information session.
Exact Location: Convention Center - Room 302 A&B
Please note: DRUUMM's room is nearby and is a dedicated Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) caucus space.
Please be respectful and do not enter unless explicitly invited in.
LOCATION: CC 202 ABC (YA@GA room)
TIME: 3:00 PM is correct. It is misprinted in the Program Book
Prejudice is not only a way of thinking and perceiving, it also lives in our bodies. This workshop is for white folks to learn a couple somatic practices that expose and help combat white fragility, and grow capacity to act in solidarity with IBPOC (Indigenous, Black,People of Color).
PLEASE NOTE: While, this workshop is open to everyone, it will center the voices and experience of young adults and is sponsored by YA@GA (Young Adults at General Assembly).
Facilitators: Ray Hommeyer and Cassie Withey-Rila
Please attend both!
Utilizing more collaborative models is key to countering oppressive forces found at the very core of our ‘operating systems’ and within congregational life. In this session, we explore the basics of how organizations have used consensus decision-making to successfully disrupt white supremacy and reorient toward power-sharing.
Consensus takes too long! Isn’t modified consensus just agreeing on some stuff and voting on other stuff? I’ve seen consensus be oppressive, too. It would never work here. We tried it once; it was awful. Together, we’ll unpack common misconceptions, pitfalls, and roadblocks when implementing this transformative, more equitable model.
Amy Smith, Jim Krawarik-Graham, Lori Stone Sirtosky, and Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom V
Has the social justice committee in your congregation hit a wall? Have you felt conflicted or confused about how to move forward? Are there disconnections within the community that need repair? This workshop will consider frameworks that help make sense of why alternate routes of engagement are both necessary and useful in order to both repair and renew white people’s engagement on issues of race. The program will also identify multiple resources and calls to action that can engage white youth and adults.
Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Mount Saint Mary’s University - Los Angeles
Davenport Grand - Grand Ballroom C
Get a PDF of the event flyer.
After Shelly's workshop, she will be available in the exhibit hall at the UUA Bookstore to sign books, including Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice and Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It.
Shelly’s work is particularly well-suited to draw in white people who are reticent, disengaged, or feeling conflicted about racial justice efforts. Most recently, she is speaking out about how white nationalists are targeting white youth. She sees an important opportunity for white people to organize themselves, both youth and adults, to disrupt white nationalists' tactics and draw people further into anti-racism. She would love to connect and share ideas. Stop by to learn more!
Tochluk is an educator, with a background in psychology who spent ten years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. She now trains teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as a Professor in the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. Tochluk's personal dedication to confront issues of race developed first through her participation with UCLA’s NCAA Division-1 All-American Track and Field 4X400 meter relay team and later through her inner city teaching experiences. Shelly currently works with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles). With this group, she co-created a workshop series that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism.
Learn more: http://shellytochluk.com/
CC Exhibit Hall, UUA Bookstore
The annual meeting of ARE's membership is open to members and anyone interested in our activities. We'll share ideas about how to build a stronger movement to disrupt white supremacy in Unitarian Universalism and talk about what we've already got planned in the coming year. Join us!
For folks staying Sunday evening who volunteering with ARE during General Assembly this year, let's get some dinner and debrief!
What happened at GA? How did we do? What will we change?
Join members of the ARE Leadership Collective via Zoom for a full debrief of UUA General Assembly in Spokane.
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