8th Principle Task Force

The mission of the 8th Principle Task Force is to implement anti-racism tools and practices toward institutional cultural change that best supports “a journey toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural ‘Beloved Community’ that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions.” This work is clearly more important than ever.

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants nurture multicultural community and work against racism. The weekend commitment is worth every minute. $160/participant (includes cost for trainers, meals, and materials). Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Workshop: January 18-21 (Fri., Jan. 18, 6:00-10:00 pm; Sat., Jan. 19, recessed for Women’s March; Sun., Jan. 20, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Mon., Jan. 21, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), All Souls. Register here.

Other Racial Justice Events

New Day Rising Conference: Identifying Your Congregation’s Next Steps in the Struggle with White Supremacy Culture. Join with Central East Region staff and UU congregational leaders for this day of learning, growing, and rising. Hear from each other about what has worked and why, assess your congregation’s next fruitful and faithful step, and see some of the great resource options available. Sliding scale fee of $20-$30-$40. You may request a waiver for a $10 fee as needed on the registration form. Lunch in included. Childcare available at $5/child, but must be requested in advance. Sat. Jan. 26, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Register here.

All Souls Reads: White Fragility. What might whites need to understand better about themselves to effectively engage in countering white supremacy? How does the challenge of countering white supremacy differ for People of Color? Come listen to experienced activists discuss the themes in Robin D’Angelo’s NYTimes’ bestseller, White Fragility. Panelists will include Jenice View and Rebecca Parker. A three-week reading group will be formed following the panel discussion for those who wish to read and discuss the book with others. Sun., Feb. 3, 1:00-2:00 pm. No registration necessary.

Discourse in the Time of Discord. Learn how to identify straw men, red herrings, the bandwagon, and other logical fallacies. Equipped with the “hard” tools of logic, rhetoric, and critical thinking, we’ll also look at the “soft” skills of discourse so often missing in our politics and personal interactions. Led by Stacy Gilbert. Sundays, Feb. 10 & 17 (dates to be confirmed), 1:00-2:30 pm.

  • Class 1: Ethos and Logos - the Elements of Critical Thinking; Identifying Logical Fallacies
  • Class 2: Pathos - Empathy and Discourse; the Art and Science of Dialogue

Beloved Conversations: Teaching Hearts and Minds to Open for Multicultural Change

“Thank you for telling me something I didn’t want to hear. You’re helping me return to the real intentions of my heart.” - Beloved Conversations participant.

Beloved Conversations is a multi-dimensional learning process that brings people together for deepening conversation, relationship building, reflection and learning that strengthens our collective capacities to dismantle racism and become more whole. If you’ve taken Jubilee Anti-Racism training, this is a great next step. If you’ve been engaged for a long time in resisting white supremacy, this is an opportunity for an approach that integrates spirituality and justice-work. If you are new to anti-racism and multi-cultural community building, you will find a community of learning and support that will encourage your growth.

For more information, contact Rev. Rebecca Parker (rparker@allsouls.ws). Fee: $40. Retreat: Feb 22 -23 (Friday evening through Saturday) led by Dr. Mark Hicks. Small group sessions: Choose a Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening group when you register.