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Our September, Service Theme is Expectation.

 

September 1 | 10:00am You and Me, Together What does it mean to choose spiritual community? What expectations come with that choice? Often, the spoken ones are just the beginning.

September 8 | 9:30am & 11:30am The Tide Is Rising. So Are We. Ingathering for All Ages & Annual Water Communion On this first Sunday of the two-service season, we gather, we sing, we recommit ourselves to our shared spiritual journey. We invite you to bring a small container of water from a source with meaning to you, or, to draw on the water we will have on hand. We will combine these waters in a ritual to honor the life-giving power of beloved community. 

September 15 | 9:30am & 11:30am Sweet Spot How do we find balance in our expectations of others? Is there a sustainable course to meet all our neighbors expect of us?

September 22 | 9:30am & 11:30am Adjustment When what we expect isn't what comes, when heartbreak and disappointment follow, can we learn to adjust ourselves and our approaches to new chapters of truth? Can we resist our own rigidities when our perspectives change and our circles grow?

September 29 | 9:30am & 11:30am Expecting Safety In an uncertain world, we consciously or subconsciously cling to ideas about what provides us safety. Join us this Sunday as we begin exploring this theme, and how its impacts our relationships to others, individually and within community.

 

 



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Unity Group Series - Curiosity, Conversation, Covenant: The Unity Group has scheduled programs on the 4th Sunday of each month following the services (in the Fahs Chapel) addressing the theme "Talking Across the Divide":
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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

Conflict can be hard--and right now, it feels like there is a lot of it. You are not alone! 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 offers several opportunities to explore this socialization and how it contributes to division and polarization, including: 

  • a conflict styles inventory and a short guided meditation for participants to understand more about how they respond to conflict
  • a values and needs exercise to understand positionality in conflict
  • an overview of non-violent communication strategies for engaging in conflict from a lens of empathy 
  • time to explore explicitly how our socialization and identities inform conflict resolution (e.g., What does it mean for me as a white person to engage in conflict with others on X topic? How does being white show up in how I respond to conflict/what I believe about conflict/how others respond to me when we are in conflict?)

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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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Sunday, November 17th: '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