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April 2021 Sunday Service
“I’m Not Color Blind--Are You?
A Privileged White Man’s
Experience of Race”
Instead of giving a talk I plan to lead a discussion on race relations, as embodied in our personal lives. I led such a discussion at my Northwoods UU Fellowship last January, to good reviews. Here are the questions to which I would like attendees to respond, as they wish:
1. What were your experiences with race growing up in your neighborhood and your home?
2. Did your community ever experience turmoil over a race issue?
3. Have you had, or do you have, a good friend of color? How did race influence the relationship?
4. Have you ever been the only white person in a room or gathering? What was that like?
5. Have you ever seen overt racism in your workplace?
6. You go to store to buy a new smart phone. When you arrived there is no one ahead of us in line. There are two service kiosks, staffed by two equally presentable and professional young women, one Black, the other White. You have to approach one or the other. Which one do you choose?
7. When did you first understand the concept of White privilege?
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Joint Service with
First Unitarian Society, Milwaukee
Join Aly Tharp and Rev. Dena for our Earth Day service as we consider becoming biophiliac (a lover of life) on a deeper level. Big systems are changing right now. What is Earth becoming?
What is the human relationship to Earth becoming? Unfortunately, we must shift from working to stop climate change to learn how to adapt to climate change. How do we do that well as lovers of life?
Aly Tharp is the Program Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), manages the denomination-wide Create Climate Justice initiative, and is a member of the UUA Organizing
Strategy Team. Aly lives in Austin, TX, and is a member of the Wildflower UU Church. Aly is also an arts and cultural organizer and food activist, working in her free time as a core volunteer with the Festival Beach Food Forest (an edible and medicinal landscape on public parkland), as Secretary of the Board for the Serefina Food Pantry, and as a cook for the ATX Camp Support coalition.
Poetry in the Political Space:
Voices of Protest, Resistance andEmpowerment
“Poems are lifesavers when your boat capsizes” wrote Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his book-length poem Americus, Book I. Especially now in this time of global distress across so many issues, poetry is welcome as a powerful art form at protests, rallies, and even inaugurations. However, poets all over the globe have been using their voices to protest, resist, and empower for a long time. Their works continue to expose grim truths, raise our consciousness, and unite us for action. The impact of their messages demonstrates why poetry is needed and sought after in moments of political crisis—when our boats capsize.
To honor National Poetry Month Jean Biegun will share works of poets who have spoken out against oppression and injustice from long ago to now and from far away to here among us. Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship generously named her their Poet Laureate from 2013-2019 (she has a beautiful LUUF water bottle to prove it!). She also helped launch poetry in Manitowoc County through public performance programs such as Poetry: Alive & Well & Living in Manitowoc! and regular open mic venues at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub. Though relocated to California, she still participates in the Lakeshore Artists Guild Art As Poetry As Art project every year