Opportunities and Reminders
Thanksgiving at First UU
Thank you Jennie Ray!
Rumor has it that somewhere between 75 and 100 folks enjoyed turkey and all the fixings in Beach Hall for Thanksgiving dinner. Good company along with a talent show made the day all the more enjoyable. Much gratitude for all who organized and participated.
Sermon Follow-up and resources…
Thank you Kelli!
Our Congregational Life Coordinator, Kelli McNeal – a recent seminary graduate, gave her first First UU Columbus sermon last Sunday. She did a great job helping us to more fully understand our first UU principle and that EVERY person has inherent worth and dignity.
On Sunday, I spoke about the White Ally Toolkit, which was written by David Campt. This toolkit aims to “shift the work of changing hearts and minds of racism skeptics away from people of color and onto white allies.” In this toolkit, Campt argues that the Backfire Effect, one’s instinct to double down on their beliefs when presented with facts counter to their understanding, makes it quite difficult to have a conversation when you know facts won’t work. To help us start to have conversations, Campt recommends five steps to help reframe the conversation:
1. Discuss, don’t attack
2. Listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately,
3. Show respect
4. Acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion, and
5. Try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews.
***Middle Hour…Middle Hour…Middle Hour***
and after second service too!
COOKIES • CoA Service Project • Bookstore • Fair Trade