February 4 “Seeds for the New Year”
What seeds are you planting for the new year? How are you weaving your magic into your relationships with others? How can we center beauty and goodness and love in all that’s ahead? Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt, President of the UUA, will give the pre-recorded sermon.
February 11 “Repentance and Repair for the Heart of a Nation” with Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker
There are collective heartaches we share as citizens, heartaches that long for healing. What is a nation’s responsibility to redress harms, and how does this relate to the possibility of forgiveness? Explore these questions with Rev Pippin as we witness sharing from the Racial Justice Team on The 1619 Project showings and discussions.
February 18 “Why We Gather and How” Chaplain Intern Anunnaki Marquez
To make UUFA truly welcoming to all marginalized communities, Anunnaki will explain how to become “radically welcoming” and how we switch from “ally” to “accomplice.” As we get to know one another more deeply, we can begin to see our fellow marginalized members as actual friends and a part of our UUFA family. This is when we can hope to cross that line to fight for everyone’s inherent worth and dignity, no matter our skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex traits, or physical being.
February 25 “The Limits of Age” with Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker and DRE Kahla Childers
Diverse perspectives, experiences, insights, needs, and abilities greet us across the lifespan of generations. Communities grow in spirit and thrive by weaving connections across the bounds of age, yet so much of our cultural experience in the modern era is of separation and othering across age. Join in a worship service that reaches across stereotypes and inspires connection beyond the limits of age.
Want to give a service a second listen or couldn’t make it on Sunday? You can find recent past services here.
Exploring This Month’s Theme
Are you seeking more ways to explore the theme of Justice & Equity? Consider reflecting on these quotes:
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. – Angela Davis
If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! – and listens to their testimony. – James Baldwin
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. – Desmond Tutu
I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means—except by getting off his back. – Leo Tolstoy
Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi
Here are some questions you may use as a prompt for conversation or for a journal entry.
- What was your family of origin’s relationship to “justice work”? How does that shape you today?
- Were you a child that wanted everything to be fair? Either way, how has that childhood relationship to fairness played out in your adult life?
- What personal or societal injustice has most shaped your life?
- What has most helped you heal from an injustice?
- When the enormity of injustice looms, what enables you to hold onto hope?
- What have you learned about balancing the competing desires to save and savor the world?