Wednesday, January 10, 7 p.m.
Presented by Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie (North UU Congregation, Lewis Center, Ohio).
In this free webinar, we first ground ourselves in the primary theologies that support the Unitarian Universalist quest for justice (including specifically: interdependence, inherent worth, and democracy as a religious principle). Then we examine some highlights (and a few lowlights) in our history to reflect on how to be even better religiously conscious agents for change today. We also pay special attention to our need for collaboration in this work with other faith traditions – from Buddhism to Christianity and beyond.
Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie is Minister of the North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, OH, Director of the UU House of Studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and author of Children of the Same God: Unitarianism in Historical Relationship to Judaism and Islam. Unitarian Pirates of the Caribbean: Historical Adventures in UU Polity is forthcoming.
Full webinar title: Informed Action: The History and Theology of Unitarian Universalist Approaches to Social Justice.
The webinar is free, but please register so we can send you a reminder and Zoom online connection information.
Register here: https://uujo.wufoo.com/forms/zth769a0ihrdfo/
This webinar is part of a series titled “Building the Beloved Community,” a Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) webinar series to help strengthen social justice ministries. The webinars will take place from January through June on the second Wednesday of the month (except for May, when it will be the first Wednesday).
There is no cost for these Webinars, but we ask that you please register so we can send you reminders and Zoom online connection information. You do not have to be in Ohio to participate.
Register here: https://uujo.wufoo.com/forms/zth769a0ihrdfo/
Questions? Ask Rev. Joan Van Becelaere at email@example.com.
Here are descriptions of the remaining webinars in the series:
Webinar: Renewing Our Justice Ministries
Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Presented by Rev. Joan Van Becelaere (Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Exec Director) and Samuel Prince (Oberlin UU Fellowship, Oberlin, Ohio, and a co-chair of the UUJO Board).
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish.” In this free webinar, we will explore the importance of strong focus/vision for justice ministry and how it grows from and connects to the congregation’s larger mission. Note that the session webinar will not dictate any pat answers, but it will outline how congregations can discover this focus and vision for themselves. Examples of focus/vision work from other congregations will be highlighted.
Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is a part time Congregational Life Consultant for the Central East Region and the part time Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio. She brings over 10 years of congregational consulting and coaching experience to this webinar. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Samuel Prince has served as co-chair of the Oberlin UU Fellowship Board and in several other congregations as chair of both Adult Religious Education/Faith Development and the Anti-Racism Team. He has also served on the UUA General Assembly Planning Committee and currently serves on the UU Funding Panel.
Webinar: Justice Ministry with Teens and Children
Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Presented by Rev. Lane Campbell (MRE at First UU Church of Columbus, Ohio).
Whole congregational justice ministry needs to include our youth and children. In this free webinar, we need both practical ideas as well as theological and spiritual understanding of the importance of multigenerational justice ministry. This session will highlight the antiracism ministry of First UU Columbus as an example.
Rev. Lane Campbell is the Minister of Religious Education at First UU Church of Columbus. She has experience with organizing LGBTQ youth and providing pastoral care to children and families. She is especially interested in creating programs that foster a sense of UU identity, that build relationships between adults and children, and that bring people of all ages together to answer life’s difficult questions and celebrate the world around us.
Webinar: Practical Organizing Skills for UU Congregational Justice Ministry
Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Presented by Gary Davenport (UU Church of Youngstown, Ohio, member of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Board).
Effective justice ministry requires solid support from all members of the home congregation. This session will focus on how to strengthen congregational support in addition to how to recruit, train and organize volunteers for justice work. The session will also discuss the importance of collaboration with other UU congregations and non-UU groups.
As a professional community organizer, Gary Davenport organized resident campaigns to hold lenders accountable for properties in foreclosure throughout Ohio. In his capacity as a Commissioned Lay Ministry candidate for the Central East Region, he offers trainings in community-organizing skills. He also serves as coordinator of the Social Justice Ministry at First UU Church of Youngstown.
Webinar: Making it All Work: A Case Study in Renewing Justice Ministry
Presented by Rev. Tim Temerson, Carol Temerson and Scott Piepho (UU Church of Akron, Ohio).
This free webinar is a case study of how one mid-sized church successfully revisioned, renewed and reorganized its commitment to justice ministry. Rev. Temerson and the team will share the congregation’s journey as it found its justice ministry focus, developed support and strength for the work, and engaged in building partnership with immigrant rights organizations and relationships with local immigrants that made it possible for the church to unanimously declare itself a Sanctuary.
The UU Church of Akron was awarded the UUA’s Bennet Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action in 2015. The church now proudly stands in solidarity with immigrants living and working in northeast Ohio. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, including legal research on asylum cases, assistance with social and cultural celebrations, attending rallies on behalf of immigration reform, and teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as well as citizenship and GED classes, the congregation stands on the side of love with immigrant families.
Webinar: Anti-Racism and Spirituality: Fostering Healing Capacities within Justice Ministries
Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Shelly Tochluk (Mount Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles and AWARE-LA).
Connections between spirituality and activism are evident within many social justice movements. Often unconsidered, however, is how race plays a role in our beliefs, actions and collaborations. In this free webinar, we will ask: How do we pay attention to spirituality and race simultaneously in our justice work? This is required in order for us to heal ancestral and contemporary racial wounds and build sustainable multiracial coalitions for environmental, economic and political change efforts.
Shelly Tochluk is a Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary’s University – Los Angeles. She is a member of AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) and co-facilitates dialogues that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, privilege, and systemic racism. She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice.