To Be Continued: Beloved Conversations

Dear Ones,

The Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt, professor at Starr King School for Ministry and formerly one of the three co-Presidents of the Unitarian Universalist Association, frequently facilitates workshops and presentations. She nearly always begins by addressing the attendees as “Beloveds.”

Beloveds. Several years ago, before this congregation called me to be its settled minister, some members here participated in a UUA program called “Beloved Conversations.” I’ve never had the opportunity to be part of this program, myself, but I’ve heard it was a powerful experience. White people and Black people, having deep conversations with one another, learning about each other and each other’s culture.

Periodically, someone will bring up this experience, and wonder if we could do this again. Perhaps you’re looking for a next step, after experiencing the great series of services our Worship Team brought us this summer. In addition to a potential book group (or two), Beloved Conversations is available again in a new way.

Beloved Conversations is now available in a new form online, through the Fahs Collective at Meadville Lombard Theological School. The new version is in three phases. The first phase, called Within, is open for registration now. The second phase, called Among, is projected to roll out in Fall, 2021. The third phase will be called Beyond. At the Meadville website there’s a video with Dr. Mark Hicks and Rev. Kierstin Homblette-Allen explaining the new program, the phases, the fee structure, and how to register! Here’s the link for more information:

I’m registering for Beloved Conversations, and hope to develop skills to help this congregation be a better Beloved Community for all.

Thank you for being here, for being part of this Fellowship, and for staying connected! I love you. We will get through this. Keep breathing and stay safe, everyone.

Rev. Lori Hlaban