Dear UU Church of the Brazos Valley
In 2020, the Commission on Institutional Change published Widening the Circle of Concern, calling for a deeper exploration of our shared Unitarian Universalist theology. For many of us, a belief in our interdependence runs deep in our theology. Congregations could not live out their missions without the collaboration of lay and professional religious leaders.
We need each other. And as witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic—which caused a nearly complete shutdown of all gathering spaces, including our congregations and communities—you cannot keep us apart.
So, I invite you to join me on December 11 and 12 for Compass, a national, virtual event brought to you by the UUA. Compass offers workshops, worship, stimulating talks, music, and the chance to connect with UUs from across our Association as we explore how our theology of interdependence can help us navigate the paths of liberation together.
Exploring the important questions, not in abstract, but through our shared experiences. Small group exploration will help us fine tune our compass towards our hearts’ work of creating a heaven here on earth, using a process you can replicate in your own UU community.
Taking a deep dive with the Article II Study Commission to explore the UU values that connect us. This is your opportunity to hear an update from the Commission and to contribute to the conversation.
Gathering for worship with Rev. Bill Sinkford, Aisha Hauser, Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, and Karishma Gottfried.
Words and music from Rising Appalachia (Trio), including a concert filmed solely for this event and only available to Compass attendees.
Insights shared by author, artist, educator, and activist Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and epidemiologist and professor Dr. Robert Bednarczyk as they discuss how interdependence shapes their work in different disciplines.
Reflections from a UU panel that includes Rev. Mykal Slack, Katie Resendiz de Perez, Alec Parish, and Mya Wade-Harper.
Inspiring music from the talented leadership of Compass Music Director Amanda Thomas.
Registration fees range from $25 to $60. Your registration gives you access to this exclusive content beyond the weekend. The videos will be available for a period after the event for use in your congregation’s worship service or other gathering.
I hope you will join us on this journey! Jessica York
Jessica York is Director of Congregational Life at the UUA. A native of Birmingham, AL, she previously served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham as director of religious education before joining UUA staff.