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SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES FOR SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 15, 11:00 am
Share the Plate with Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, celebrating more than 30 years of service to the community, has as its mission to provide food, hope, and encouragement to help nourish the hungry and food insecure in our community. They collect, sort, store and distribute food and basic essentials to more than 190 nonprofit agency partners such as food pantries, churches, homeless shelters and other organizations who directly feed the hungry, in Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Lafayette counties. Every dollar donated provides ten meals. You may learn more at www.breadofthemighty.org. For our September 15 service, all undesignated offerings will be given to Bread of the Mighty.

Sunday, September 29, 11:00 am Service
Being White in America in 2019 is the topic of the Sunday service, with guest speaker Charlotte Kendall. Many of us who are white live, unaware, in our world of white privilege, white supremacy and white fragility, like the goldfish unaware of the water. We mean well, therefore we feel we can't be racist. We need to work on ourselves, with other white people, if we truly want to be allies to people of color.

Sunday, September 29, 1:00 — 4:00 pm, Workshop
Being White in America: Intentions and Actions is the title of this afternoon Workshop.
As a follow-up to our Common Read of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo at UUFG last spring, Charlotte Kendall will speak in the 11:00 am service and then offer a workshop in the afternoon.

In the whole group and in small groups, we will expand on the sermon and examine ourselves in relation to race, racism, and being authentically aware of our attitudes and behaviors when in the presence of people of color. Written materials, videos and a list of resources will be presented. The aim is to bring participants to the point where they understand the impact of their inherent racism and learn how to move beyond it when regarding and interacting with people of color. A member of the Orlando UU church, Charlotte presented a similar workshop at SUUSI (Southeastern UU Summer Institute) this summer.

Lunch will be provided to workshop participants at no charge, in the Common Room starting at 12:15 pm. At 1:00 pm, we will move into the Phillips Social Hall for the workshop.

So that we will have enough handouts and food for lunch and snacks, please let This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it know by September 15 that you will be attending the workshop.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 6: Social Justice Activities Fair, following service — featuring tables with information about the social justice work of the Congregation. Visit each table to enter a drawing for a gift certificate from the UUFG Book Cart!

 


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