Message from the Minister

In April Tapestry members will be invited to begin discussing a proposed 8th Principle. The text of the principle is “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Many congregations across the country are voting to adopt this as an addition to the 7 Principles. Tapestry is just beginning to explore that possibility. You can learn more at The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism .

In a similar vein, over the past several years we have had various educational opportunities to explore racism and unconscious bias. Some of us have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests and other advocacy efforts. It is likely that those types of opportunities at Tapestry will increase as we engage in deeper conversations around race. I am excited to be a part of that movement within our community, and I will do everything I can to support the passionate leaders within our congregation.

Last month I attended the New Day Rising conference on anti-racism and multiculturalism in our congregations. It was a truly inspiring day. The thing that sticks with me most was the statement that change happens at the speed of trust. Fighting racism and deconstructing or unconscious biases is difficult, slow work. Creating real change and building beloved community requires building trust. My message is to you is not to slow down or postpone anti-racism work. It is needed here and now. But I hope we move forward with this work in a way that has room for grace and invites everyone to the table. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you dismantle racism and build multicultural beloved community? One trusting relationship at a time.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Seminars

 
“On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal”

by Naomi Klein

April 5, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now,” to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of “climate barbarism,” this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. With reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented “ecological conversion,” Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. Join at

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“News of the World”

by Paulette Jules

May, 2021

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States”

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

June, 2021

Selected as a UUA Common Read for 2020, this book offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. With growing support for movements such as the campaign to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, this book provides historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. Dunbar-Ortiz artfully challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. Available at the UUA Bookstore.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent rev@tapestryuu.org .

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