Being an Ally: Race, Racism and Social Justice

But actual allyship and advocacy rarely involve a sustained sense of positive emotion. They exist perpetually in the “emotional ambivalence associated with [critical thought and action].” Being an ally calls for embracing a different type of emotion – that of discomfort, which another scholar, Berlak wrote was not just unavoidable but also necessary. And by discomfort what I mean is feelings of confusion or fear — What if I look like or live my life like the people we are organizing against? I am socioeconomically privileged. I’m a man. I’m straight. I’m white. I’m Christian. I am a citizen of this country. I am someone who can exercise their civic rights, like the right to vote, easily. What if the people I consider my family, friends, or community look and live like the people we are organizing against? Is my presence as an ally or advocate wanted here? Do I belong in this space? Do I belong in this movement? What role is it possible for me to play?

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Congregational Meeting — December 2016

Our next congregational meeting for Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 11th following the service. The meeting agenda is included below, as well as the minutes from our May meeting and our proposed vision statement. This is an exciting time at Northwest as we consider our vision and how to move that vision into action. I […]

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Grief is grief and loss is loss

Just as pets offer us love, companionship, and other valuable lessons while they are with us, they also offer us valuable opportunities to learn to deal with loss and grief in healthy ways. Grief is grief and loss is loss. No matter the scale it’s all consuming, and those small windows of experience help us perceive larger vistas. Perception gained from weathering the loss of a pet develops a muscle for compassion which helps us empathize with folks experiencing things we cannot yet imagine — and that compassion makes the grief more manageable for those grieving.

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Pride Parade 2016

UU’s from all over the metro Atlanta area met downtown on Sunday, October 9, to participate in the biggest Gay Pride Parade in the southeast US. Our contingent of yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” t-shirts brought loud cheers, smiles and high fives from many people lining the streets of the parade route. Signs that declared UU’s belief in […]

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August 6: Highbeams Bring High Energy Folk Rock Performance to Hungry Ear Coffee House(TM)

Don’t miss the August 6 program by Highbeams, a trio of brothers who play emotive, high energy Folk Rock. Since their first show on New Year’s Eve 2012, the band has captured audiences all over the Southeast with their warm, personable stage presence and rich three-part harmonies. Highbeams trio comprise Adam Pendlington, Ian Pendlington, and Stephen Quinn. You can see their photos and […]

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