Gather, Inspire, Launch!

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Gather, inspire, and launch your social witness action! The Commission on Social Witness invites you to the Fall Social Witness Convening in two parts. Attend both sessions to find out about all the statements and actions!

Part One:

Wednesday, October 6

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Session 1 — “Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities”

Guest speakers:

  • Shige Sakurai and Alex Kapitan, lead authors and members of TRUUsT (Transgender Religions professional Unitarian Universalists Together)
  • Michael Crumpler, UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director
  • Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona (UUJAZ)
  • Guest from the Arizona LGBTQ+ Legislative Working Group

Session 2 — “Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy”

Guest speakers:

  • Donna Scheidt, lead author & member of UUSJ’s Democracy Action Team
  • Fred Van Deusen, Convener of UUSJ Democracy Action Team
  • Min Choi, Esq., Reeb Voting Rights Project
  • Nicole Pressley, UUA Organizing Strategy Team Field & Programs Director
  • Lisa Garcia-Sampson, Executive Director of ‘Forward Together’, the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina

Part Two

Wednesday, October 13

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Session 1 — “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage.”

Guest speakers:

  • Bob Murphy, Sally Gellert, and Terry Lowman, lead authors and members of UUJEC (Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community)
  • Carey McDonald, Executive Vice President of the UUA
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Partnerships & Coalitions Organizer

Session 2 — “Undoing Systemic White Supremacy: A Call to Prophetic Action”

Guest speakers:

  • Carey McDonald, Executive Vice President of the UUA
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Partnerships & Coalitions Organizer
  • Members of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective Board
  • Members of the Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries Steering Committee
  • Members of the Allies for Racial Equity Leadership Collective

All UUs are invited to these meetings, and no prior experience or knowledge is necessary. You may review the statements in advance if you are able. The statements are linked above. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Zoom accessibility features are outlined here at this link. In addition, the meeting will include minimal optional breakouts in order to promote meeting usability for all.

For questions, email socialwitness@uua.org

More information: https://www.uua.org/action/process/csais/fall-social-witness-convening