UUI is the church of the warm heart, open mind and helping hands. We are a welcoming congregation, celebrating everyone--so whoever you are and whomever you love, whether you worship many gods, one God or no god, whether you walk in on little feet, roll in or stroll in--you are welcome here!
Sunday, April 21, 10:30am:
"Where Are You Planted?"
by Jamie Hinson-Rieger
For this special Earth Day/Easter service we will talk about what restoration means in the context of our earth. There are many components to our ecological crisis, but one of them is spiritual. How have the spiritual values of our contemporary culture contributed to the challenges we face? What would a life-giving and life sustaining spirituality look like? In what values do we need to ground our lives if we seek to be a part of healing our planet? Special music by the UUI Choir.
Building the Beloved Community
from our Board President, David Jackoway
Unitarian Universalist identity is shaped in large part by the stories we tell about ourselves. African Americans have had a significant role in our faith since the beginnings of Unitarianism and Universalism, and frequently attempts by black leaders to play a more prominent role in our movement were blocked. But the history of black UUs has not been told. At the MidAmerica Regional Assembly last weekend we were reminded we need to learn the complete story of our history and of the mistakes that were made in the past.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed has been at the forefront of correcting the narrative of African American involvement in Unitarian Universalism. A good place to start is by reading his article in the Fall 2017 issue of the UU World entitled “The black hole in the white UU psyche.” He has published several books on this topic including Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, and Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, all of which are available at the UUA Bookstore or at Amazon.
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