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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