“We build on foundations we did not lay.
We warm ourselves at fires we did not light.
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant.
We drink from wells we did not dig.
We profit from persons we did not know.
We are ever bound in community."

Rev. Peter Raible (paraphrased from Deuteronomy 6:10-12)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Voices from the Margin, Pentecostals, and Unitarian Universalists - some great upcoming events

Hello First Universalist readers,

There are a couple of upcoming workshops that relate to Unitarian Universalism and diversity. I'm be attending and hope some of you will join me. 

It's all happening the weekend of May 4, 5, and 6. 

First, Whitebear Unitarian Church is hosting the Rev. Mark Morrison Reed. Mark is the author of: Been in the Storm So Long, Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, and In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby.

On Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m., he’ll be reading from his book, Voices from the Margins. And on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm, he’ll be leading a workshop, on “The Perversity of Diversity.”

Also on Saturday, May 5, the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Sr. Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, in Tulsa, OK, will be speaking at Unity Church Unitarian in Saint Paul, about his experience with a multi-racial congregation (you may remember that a Universalist Pentecostal African American Church church merged with All Souls several years ago.) He’ll be talking about the merger of these two churches, how it has changed them, impacted their worship life and more. This is from 9-12 on Saturday. (Here's an article about All Souls in Tulsa.)

Right now, I am planning to attend the Friday reading, as well as the workshop at Unity. (I do hope a contingent of First Universalist folks might attend the Saturday workshop at Whitebear.) If you're interested in going, let me know!

1 comment:

Andrea Johnson said...

Thank you for writing the sermon here. There are so many great quotes. I love the Hafiz poem. I also notice how when you talk about being held by a love so big it won't let us go etc., I think of God. Grace and abundant love is what God is to me.