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UUA Common Read: Two selections for 2017

Side-by-side cover images for 'Daring Democracy' and 'Centering'

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Common Read Selection Committee has chosen two books for this year’s program. They are: Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), and Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017).
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Special service by children of RVUUF

The children of RVUUF’s Religious Explorations program will present a service full of song, dance, theater and more, on Sunday, April 30. Experience the Chalice Lighting tradition of our littlest RVUUFians, hear how our elementary class expresses their vision of a peaceful world, and find diverse answers to the question, “What do our children believe?” With guidance from Lead Teacher Liz Bianco and Alison Duren-Sutherland of the Worship Team, this service was created for our community by the children themselves. Come take a look at our faith through their eyes.

Book sale and artisan market after April 23 service

Check out the RVUUF library’s book sale, and a small artisan market after the service on Sunday, April 23, in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Ann will have her organic homegrown canned goods, Maggie will offer her essential oils, Colleen will be selling her fabric gift bags and Marcia S. will display her jewelry. “Come see what your fellow talented RVUUFians do to recycle, re-purpose and reuse!”

UUA Board appoints co-presidents

The Unitarian Universalist Association has appointed three co-presidents — the Rev. Sofía Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer — to lead the UUA until a president is elected in June by the 2017 General Assembly. UU World reported that the UUA board also approved a “Presidential Transition Plan ‘to frame the brief tenure of the transitional team and help shape Unitarian Universalism into the future.’”

UUA President Peter Morales resigns

In a March 30 letter to the Unitarian Universalist Board of Trustees, UUA President Peter Morales resigned from office effective April 1.

In his letter, Morales cited an earlier note regarding the UUA’s hiring practices and lack of diversity in senior leadership: “In my hasty effort I created more hurt for those already hurting. I failed to lead appropriately. I reacted when I should have listened. I am deeply sorry.”

At UU World, editor Christopher L. Walton has compiled a timeline of events, with links to news articles, original documents and updates.

‘A Conversation About Race’

“A Conversation About Race” takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at RVUUF. There are a limited number of spots, so please sign up by April 3 with Diane Werich via RVUUF’s contact form.

This conversation utilizes the “Race Toolkit Project,” developed by the Racial Equity Coalition. The project is designed to bring people together to talk about “the difficult subject of race.” Facilitators have been trained on how to make this conversation as safe as possible.