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Monday, February 18, 2008

This week at C*UUYAN's funding cut.

James Loewen, the sociologist and author of Sundown Towns, describes how you can research your town's history to see if your community used to exclude African Americans intentionally. Such research can be a first step toward racial reconciliation — and a good way to respond to the 2007 General Assembly resolution, "Truth, Repair, and Reconciliation." From the archives: David Whitford reported on a Cincinnati church's reconciliation with the family of a black Unitarian minister they had refused to help in the early decades of the 20th century. Paula Cole Jones describes reconciliation as a spiritual discipline. Historian Dan Carter reviews Loewen's Sundown Towns.

In the news, Jane Greer and I report that the UUA will stop funding C*UUYAN (the Continental UU Young Adult Network) at the end of June. The young adult network, which was founded in 1986, had already cancelled its two summer conferences for 2008 and is planning its own revisioning meeting just prior to the General Assembly in June. We report that plans are underway to combine the UUA's two staff groups serving youth and young adults into a single office beginning sometime after July. UU World will report on the controversy surrounding the future of YRUU, the continental youth organization, in the near future.

Sonja Cohen tracks the week's Unitarian Universalists in the media.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 18 February 2008 at 11:43 AM

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Jessica Bennett:

February 19, 2008 09:46 AM | Permalink for this comment

The Loewen article on sundown towns is an illuminating look at a shameful part of our history--thanks for sharing the link. Over at Beacon Broadside, we have a related piece by Sherrilyn Ifill on the history of lynching and racial banishments, which she contributed in part to highlight the PBS Independent Lens broadcast of Banished, a film about three towns that violently evicted their black residents. It airs beginning tonight in most areas.

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