ReeseHavlatkaPolarizationIn a 9/22/19 workshop on Conflict Management, Talking Across the Divide, Reese Havlatka led 50 participants thru exercises in managing difficult dialog.


LaurieWhiteZeitouna350On 8/25/19 filmmaker Lauri White led a Q&A after a screening of "Refusing to Be Enemies" , a presentation in the Unity Group's "Dialog Across the Divide" series.


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. .

Background: 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 - Curiosity, Conversation, Covenant

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

(Keep checking this page for additional programs)


Sunday, October 27th, 1-2:30pm, Fahs Chapel: 'UU Multicultural Outreach and Ministry'

Quiana Perkins, UUAA Social Justice & Pastoral Care Coordinator

All congregants are encouraged to gather to hear Quiana Perkins provide an update on the Multicultural Outreach projects in progress at UUAA--  Come learn more about our local participation in BLUU (Black Lives of UU), DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries) and the UUAA's POC (People of Color) gatherings.

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


Sunday, November 17th, 1-2:30pm, Fahs Chapel: 'Michigan Poor People's Campaign - Work in Washtenaw County and Beyond'

Rev. Joe Summers, Eric Krawczak and John Hollingworth, Michigan Poor People's Campaign

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

Sunday, Nov 24th: 'Conflict Management: Talking Across the Divide II'

Reese Havlatka, UM Office of Student Conflict Management

In September, Reese Havlatka gave a very enthusiastically received workshop on conflict management (see below). Reese very graciously offered to return and continue this work together. You do not need to have attended the September workshop to come to part II. A summary will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.

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

*You can download the materials from the September workshop using these links:

    The presentation slides, including references

     Handout on culture based perspectives on conflict.


Past Programs

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

Conflict can be hard--and right now, it feels like there is a lot of it. You are not alone in struggling with this! We will hold time and space for each other to understand what we believe about conflict, how we tend to respond to it, and what we might be missing as we search for practical and just ways of engaging across differences. Being socialized in white supremacy culture means that certain conflict resolution approaches are elevated over others. This workshop offered several opportunities to explore this socialization and how it contributes to division and polarization.

Due to popular demand, a Part II will be scheduled in the near future.

You can download the materials from the workshop:

    The presentation slides, including references

     Handout on culture based perspectives on conflict.



August 25, 2019: '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" was followed by a Q&A 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.

You can view the documentary "Refusing to Be Enemies" following this link.


May 19, 2019: A Contemporary Overview of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Professor Victor B. Lieberman

Prof Lieberman is a 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.