then join us april 27th FRom 1:00 to 5:00 in portland
We will gather for a half-day training ahead of the Pacific Western Regional Assembly at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland. This amazing program will provide a deep dive into expanded sanctuary and immigrant justice engagement through Love Resists. There will be time and space dedicated to gathering, networking and sharing ideas around issues specific to our passions - such as climate justice, economic justice and racial justice. And stick around! Immediately following this workshop, representatives from the UUA's Commission on Institutional Change will be on hand for a one-hour discussion and Q&A session on the newly released report! This event is a collaborative effort of all of the following organizations:
below are some of the highlights to look forward to
JOIN US TO EXPLORE EXPANDED SANCTUARY!
Sanctuary has evolved to encompass more than just physical Sanctuary to include rapid response (Sanctuary in the Streets) and short-term Sanctuary - both grounded in a justice accompaniment approach. We’ll discuss leveraging our privilege, amplifying impacted voices, and better ways of organizing congregations to accompany immigrants through the justice system. While learning about Sanctuary, participants will also learn equity-related concepts critical to lessening unintentional harm when trying to do good, including cognitive dissonance, the gap between intention and outcome, the need to approach justice work with humility, and how to respond after making an oppressive mistake.
CYNTHIA GOOD. Cynthia holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Diversity Executive®, author, and internationally recognized speaker. Her work focuses on nurturing diversity in positions of leadership, service delivery, and service receipt; an inclusive institutional culture and climate; cultural humility in individuals and their organizations; and measurably more equitable institutional outcomes through strategic planning grounded in a social justice framework. She specializes in ensuring that equity-minded processes and programs address the intersectional impact of multiple systems of privilege/oppression.
KATIA HANSEN. Katia Hansen is the President & CEO of UURISE - Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education, and a congregant at Palomar UU Fellowship in Vista, CA. She has worked on issues related to immigration and human rights for over 20 years, including anti-human trafficking work in Lithuania and in Thailand. Katia has been with UURISE since its formation in 2007, and since 2015 serves as the President & CEO where she blends her education and experience as an attorney and social worker to advance justice and human rights for immigrants and refugees. With a mission of advancing justice and human rights for immigrants and refugees, and through an empowerment model, UURISE provides direct legal immigration services, education, and organizing and leadership opportunities.
PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY. Rev. Paul Langston-Daley identifies, recruits, and engages congregations and other groups to deepen their justice and human rights work and involvement with UUSC in a variety of ways. As UUSC’s senior program leader for justice building, Langston-Daley grows the capacity of UU congregations to pursue sustained, systemic social change work.
Caucus with Others
Join UUs from your state and across the Pacific Western Region as we explore successes, obstacles and opportunities in advancing justice around issues you are passionate about working on. Sign-up for an issue and have some time to discover ideas and find ways to collaborate and support each other moving forward!
Stay for the First Briefing by Members of the UUA's Commission on Institutional Change
From 5:00 to 6:00pm, the Commission on Institutional Change was appointed by the UUA Board of Trustees in June 2017, charged with long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism. The Commission will analyze structural racism and white supremacy within the UUA between now and 2010. Please join Dereau Farrar and Leslie Takahashi for a conversation about the Commission and a chance to give input into the work.
More about the Commission's work, including their latest report focused on the tensions and events around the Southern Regional Lead hiring decision in spring 2017, can be found here:
Please don't miss this opportunity to join UUs from across the region in sharing resources, support and joining in deepening our understanding on immigrant justice. This promises to be a great program and it's entirely FREE!