Services for July 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
theme: Crossing Borders
“Our challenge is to learn to reach beyond the confines of our personal social and cultural experience. This is what I mean by learning to ‘cross borders’. We particularly need to learn to cross the borders of race, culture and social class.”
— Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President (UU World, Winter 2011)
July 6th: “Is ‘Classism’ in Our Dictionary?”
Unitarian Universalism strives to be an anti-oppressive and multicultural religion, with on-going conversations about issues of race and gender. Class, however, is rarely mentioned, and of all the “—isms” we typically consider, classism isn’t even a word in most dictionaries. Yet the interlocking nature of oppressions requires that class be addressed if our journey toward wholeness is to be successful.
Note: Be sure to look up “classism” in your preferred dictionary. Is it there?
July 13th: “Religion, Reason, and the Future of Pluralism”
Is religion a singular structure, or is it a plurality? Are religious moderates enabling extremism, or are they challenging it? What about religious progressives? Is difference to be suppressed as a threat to safety and security, or is it to be lifted up as a source of sympathy and beauty? Can we reach across our differences without erasing them? Is a human commonwealth of justice, equity and compassion in our future?
Rev. Andrew is pleased to share the pulpit with Hussam S. Timani. Dr. Timani is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University. His research interests include theologies of religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. Dr. Timani is co-editor of two book projects on immigration theology and interfaith liberation theology, and is a frequent speaker on Islam and inter-religious dialogue.
July 20th: “One Man’s Opinion that Transformed a Community”
Social Action is a Unitarian Universalist core principle. Andrew W. Cooper lived that value whether he was fighting Jim Crow in the 1950s, demanding voting rights in the 1960s, or from the 1970s through 1990s requiring dignity and respect for North America’s largest black community in Brooklyn, NY. Wayne Dawkins, who grew up there, wrote a biography of his mentor. Brooklyn, the former place to avoid, is now a destination, and Wayne will explain why Cooper (1927-2002) made a difference.
A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Wayne Dawkins has been a member of the UUFP since 1998. He was a long-time member of the Community Church of New York – Unitarian Universalist. Wayne is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University and is writing a new biography of civil rights godfather and immigration reformer, Emanuel Celler.
July 27th: “#YesAllWomen”
The predictably standard debate about gun violence and mental illness following one man’s murderous rampage near Santa Barbara in May was disrupted by a public outpouring of personal experiences thanks to Twitter. The hashtag #YesAllWomen was tweeted over a million times within a few days, drawing attention to our culture of sexism, misogyny and violence against women, and changing how we as a society understand ourselves.