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Mission: Started in 2019, the 'Unity Group' focuses on the UUAA community, offering intellectual and cultural programs representing a range of religious perspectives, in an effort to expand interfaith and intercultural understanding. The group presents programming that reflects our UU principle of respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We are especially interested in presenting under-represented voices at UUAA. Events might include intercultural music or dance, speakers and more. If you have suggestions for Unity Group programs, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Huron & State Street Church BannersHistoric Huron & State Street Church World Faith BannersBackground: The “Unity Group” is named in honor of a proud part of UUAA's history, the very successful Unity Club” started in 19th century Ann Arbor by our then minister, Rev Jabez Sunderland. The Unity Club held public meetings with a variety of speakers on issues of the times. The program was said to bring people into a stronger sense of community and fostered positive interfaith dialog in Ann Arbor.

 

Upcoming Programs

 

For Fall/ Winter 2019 our series theme is 'Dialogue Across the Divide'

Keep checking this page -- additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Sunday, August 25th: 'Refusing to Be Enemies'
Laurie White and the Zeitouna Group

Co-sponsored by UUAA's Unity Group and UU Justice in the Middle East Group

A viewing of the documentary "Refusing to be Enemies", followed by a brief Q&A about the film with the filmmaker Laurie White and another member of "Zeitouna", a group of Michigan women, half are Jewish and half Palestinian. For over a decade they have modeled their approach to listening to others, remaining in conversation and good relationship, even in the face of profound disagreement.

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Sunday, Sept 22nd: 'Conflict Management: Talking Across the Divide'
Reese Havlatka, UM Office of Student Conflict Management

Co-sponsored by UUAA's Unity Group and Shared Ministries Team

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Sunday, October 27th: 'UU Multicultural Outreach and Ministry'
Quiana Perkins, UUAA Social Justice & Pastoral Care Coordinator

Co-sponsored by UUAA's Unity Group and Challenging Racism Group

 

 

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Past Programs

May 19, 2019-  A talk and Q&A by Professor Victor B. Lieberman, Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Asian and Comparative History at the University of Michigan. An historical and contemporary overview of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on a course that he teaches at the University of Michigan, a course popular with students of quite diverse ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds. His talk considered the origins of the conflict, self-images and grievances held by the two sides, and barriers to resolution.