Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY

UUA Webinar Series

The MidAmerica UUA Region is proud to announce a series of webinars that are being done in collaboration with the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance. This six-part series is free, held on the second Tuesday evening each month from January to June, and UUCL has reserved a classroom for group viewing. Anyone interested in Social Justice is invited to participate.  

To participate on your own, go to https://www.midamericauua.org/resources/justice for more information.

Please join the Executive Director of the Minnesota UU Justice Alliance, Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer, Pastor Danny Givens as they help our congregation prepare for better social justice work.

UUCL will host viewings of these webinars as they occur.

Breaking Down the Silos: An Assessment Model for Social Justice-Rooted Congregations - PART 1/2
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 07:45pm - 09:00pm

What do we do when the Green Sanctuary team and the Racial Justice Task Force and the Housing Advocacy Group and the Immigration Ministry all seem to be in competition with one another for members, resources, and visibility? Without an intersectional analysis—seeing how all systems of oppression are interlinked—we can get caught in patterns of “siloed” social justice work in our congregations that can make us less effective, or even cause harm. In this two-part webinar, we will explore a framework for deeply integrated, system-wide social justice work in the congregation, and think about how to move from single-issue teams toward a more holistic way of living out our commitments to justice.

In Part I of this webinar, we will present a praxis-based model for assessing our congregations’ current social justice work, how well integrated it is within all areas of congregational life, and what best practices for deeply-rooted, system wide justice commitments might look like. Participants will be introduced to the model, and encouraged to “audit” their congregations following the webinar.

Breaking Down the Silos: An Assessment Model for Social Justice-Rooted Congregations - PART 2/2
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 07:45pm - 09:00pm

In Part II of this webinar, participants will share findings about their own congregations’ social justice work through the lens of the assessment model presented in part one. We will then talk about processes and strategies for fostering change and moving toward system-wide integration of justice principles and practices in all areas of congregational life.

And Each Day We Mean One More: Organizing 101 for Congregational Justice Leaders
March 13, 2018 07:45pm - 09:00pm

Secular organizing often has a different set of vocabulary, practices, and strategies for justice making than those with which our congregations are usually familiar. In this webinar, we will draw from the wisdom of non-faith-based organizing and activism, and examine how these tools can be powerfully and relevantly translated into the congregational context. Topics will include practices such as asset mapping, power analysis, one-to-ones, base building strategies, agitation, and more.

From Charity to Solidarity: Developing Accountable Partnerships with Theological & Spiritual Humility
April 10, 2018, 07:45pm - 09:00pm

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations struggle to make deep connections with neighboring communities and organizations, especially across lines of race, class, and theology. In this webinar, we will explore strategies for building relationship and identifying shared values and interests with community partners, and creating powerful coalitions that can make a real impact in combatting oppression and working for collective liberation. We will also explore concepts of theological and cultural humility, with concrete examples of practices that can make us better equipped to be sensitive, collaborative co-conspirators in interfaith, multicultural partnerships for justice.

Justice-Making as Faith Formation: Social Justice Ministry with Children & Youth
May 8, 2018, 07:45pm - 09:00pm

From a young age, our children and youth are learning what being a Unitarian Universalist means—not just in theory, but in practice. In this webinar, we will talk with experts in the field of religious education and faith development about how justice-making can be a primary pedagogical tool and spiritual practice for children and youth in our Unitarian Universalist congregations. We will pay special attention to faith formation and identity development for children and youth of color, as well as LGBTQIA+ young people.

Executive Director of the Minnesota UU Justice Alliance, Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer, Pastor Danny Givens will help all our congregations prepare themselves better for social justice work.

A Strange Power to Spring in Us: Building Resiliency & Spiritual Grounding for Justice Makers
June 12, 2018, 07:45pm - 09:00pm

“I’m just too burned out to lead this project anymore.” “You’re making me feel ashamed for being privileged.” “I come to church to find comfort; all this social justice stuff is too political!” Many of us have heard some variation of these themes in our UU congregations. How can we meet people where they are, while also helping people find spiritual sustenance and energy in the work of social justice? In this webinar, we will talk about ministering to resistance, burnout, shame, and apathy with the goal of growing and sustaining resilient leaders who are in it for the long haul.