Join forces with family, friends and neighbors for the 32nd annual Citywide Spring Cleanup!
When: Saturday, April 21 | 9-11:30 am
Why: Each year, hundreds of volunteers gather across Saint Paul for the Citywide Spring Cleanup to pick up garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow.
Who: Individuals and groups of all ages come together to help beautify the city of Saint Paul.
Where: Cleanup sites are located throughout the city. SUPC is hosting the Summit University cleanup site at Central Village Park (457 Central Ave W). Other locations nearby Summit University include Midway Peace Park, formerly know as Parkland on Griggs (Intersection of Bigelow Ln and Griggs St) and Frogtown Farm Park (662 N Victoria St).
How: Participating is easy! Register below, and then drop by any time between 9-11:30am on Saturday, April 21 to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then, head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice.
We look forward to seeing you on April 21!
Racial Justice Movie Night
QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family
Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., Unity Church-Unitarian (733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, www.unityunitarian.org)
Join Unity Church members and friends for an ongoing film series to further our growth in the understanding and challenging of white supremacy and structural racism. Popcorn will be served and there will be time for conversation after the film.
The New York Times review begins: "Barack Obama is not the subject of Quest, Jonathan Olshefski’s new documentary, an intimate and patient portrait of a North Philadelphia family. But the film, which begins and ends with presidential elections — Mr. Obama’s in 2008 and his successor’s eight years later — is shadowed, in some ways haunted, by his presence and his temperament. At one point, he appears on television, in the wake of the massacre of school children and their teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. 'These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods,' he says, referring to the places that have been devastated by gun violence. 'These children are our children.'”
Book Fair at Obama Elementary School
Purchasing books for your own children and friends is an easy way to support the scholars at Obama Elementary school. Obama’s Scholastic Book Fair will be open on Thursday, March 15, between 6:00-7:15 p.m., and located just inside the front door on Holly Avenue. A percentage of book sales is returned to the school library.
USED BOOK SALE: Unity Church-Unitarian (733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, www.unityunitarian.org )
All proceeds benefit Unity’s youth ministries.
Saturday, March 24: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$5 Fill-A-Bag on Sunday from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Better Angels: Bridging the Red/Blue Divide in Communities
Wednesday, March 28, 7:15 p.m., Unity Church-Unitarian (733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, www.unityunitarian.org)
We may live in the most divisive time since the 1850s. In this session you will see how people with very different political viewpoints can come to understand one another beyond stereotypes and find common ground. You will learn a couple of specific skills for talking with loved ones on the other political side. And, you will have a chance to link up with the Better Angels local and national effort to show how we can have sharp political differences without denigrating and demonizing one another. Bill Doherty is a Unity Church member, University of Minnesota Professor, and co-founder of Better Angels, a nonprofit aiming to depolarize America.
Call for Artists
The Unity Church Art Team is now seeking artists to exhibit in the Parish Hall gallery during the 2018-19 church year. The application deadline is May 1. More information and the application form can be found online at: www.unityunitarian.org/parish-hall-artists.
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