Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 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.
Register here: https://uujo.wufoo.com/forms/zth769a0ihrdfo/
Questions? Ask Rev. Joan Van Becelaere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Here are descriptions of the remaining webinars in the series:
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, 7:00 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.