SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

“Righteous Resistance: Protests, (Mis)Representation, and the Movement for Black Lives”

with Dr. Jonathan Cox

The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans by police has spurred an unprecedented level of protests and demonstrations in the U.S. (and around the world), calling for increased accountability for police officers and long-overdue reforms in policing and the criminal justice system. This conversation will address the increased national debate and proliferation of misinformation and misrepresentation of protests and protesters, in particular those associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

** NOTE:  you are encouraged to submit questions in advance to assist Dr. Cox in addressing what you most want to know.  Send to: programs@universityuus.org with “Oct 25” in the subject line. And, if you have time, please review our YouTube recording of Dr. Cox’s first presentation from July 19 easily found on our website.

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We are a "lay-led" congregation with a different speaker every Sunday morning.

Upcoming Services

November 1

"What is Truth"   

with Dr. Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington is a Pegasus Professor in the UCF Department of Physics, chair of the UCF Faculty Senate, and a member of the UCF Board of Trustees. His research area is exoplanetary atmospheres. Highlights include the first detection of light emitted by a planet orbiting another star and the discovery of the smallest nearby exoplanet. Joe's early interest in science was challenged by his church's gift of a bible in the second grade. Like many, he has struggled to find a consistent narrative that respects both scientific evidence and the benefits of prayer and religion. Joe will discuss the nature of truth and how science and faith systems assess, challenge, and communicate ideas.  Joe is also a long-time UUUF member.

 

 

We hear from a wide variety of academic, spiritual, and social justice speakers. Our Sunday Services are designed to illuminate different spiritual paths and strengthen our sense of self, family, and community.

Past Services

October 11

“Reflections on Columbus Day from an Indigenous Scholar”   |     Presentation Recording

with Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico

Since 1989, there have been movements across the US to celebrate Indigenous People's Day, honoring the Native Americans, their history and culture, instead of Columbus Day. Dr. Spears-Rico, a cultural anthropologist, indigenous scholar, artist, and mother, will share her perspective and her experience with this movement, including participating in the protests in St. Paul MN.


October 18

“Why We Gather”   |     Presentation Recording

with Rev. Tracie Barrett

Why do we gather on Sunday mornings?  Why it is all so important?  Rev. Tracie, a UU minister most recently with Tri-County UU in Summerfield, FL, shares her thoughts on our Unitarian Universalist faith and its meaning for us and for the world.

 

To see a comprehensive list of archived talks, please see our Past Presentations archive.

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UUUF Declaration of Support & Commitment to Anti-Racism Work

The University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUUF) condemns racism, police brutality, and white supremacy ideology in no uncertain terms. In accordance with our First Principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every human being,” we recognize our shared humanity and acknowledge the systemic injustice to which our black, brown, and Native American (BIPOC) siblings have been subjected for generations. We see you and we grieve alongside you.

The UUUF reaffirms its commitment to radical inclusion. We are dismayed by present conditions of racial injustice. We support and affirm every person’s right to peaceful protest. Many of these protests have resulted in violence and some have included rioting and looting. We do not condone violence or the destruction of property. We understand rioting as a symptom of oppression and injustice. Our goal is to heal the systems rather than merely treating the symptoms. We are committed to fully engaging in the hard work of anti-racism, including support of Black Lives Matter, and in making our community a safe and welcoming space for all.

UUUF Board of Trustees, October 5, 2020

 

Diverse Beliefs  •  Shared Values

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Our Lifespan Religious Education program teaches adults and children about the great faiths of the world, social justice, wonders of the natural world, and ethical decision-making.


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