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The capacity to welcome and meaningfully include people of all genders in our ministries and congregations requires reflection on our own experiences and engagement with ideas possibly new to us. As UU religious professionals we hold many different personal identities and our personal and professional knowledge of and experience with the diversity of sexuality and gender is varied. This workshop is designed to enable us all, to increase insight, empathy, and skills whatever our starting point

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When: 5/1/19-5/3/19
12:00 PM
Where: White Eagle Conference Center
2910 Lake Moraine Road
Hamilton, New York  13346
United States
Presenter: C.B.Beal
Contact: Stan Sears
(607) 227-2479

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Gender Justice: Engendering Justice

 

Presenter: CB Beal, M.Div.

Dates: May 1-3, 2019 UUMA/LREDA Retreat

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The capacity to welcome and meaningfully include people of all genders in our ministries and congregations requires reflection on our own experiences and perceptions as well as engagement with information and ideas that might be new to us.  As UU religious professionals we hold many different personal identities and our personal and professional knowledge of and experience with the diversity of sexuality and gender is varied. The Chapters asked for this workshop topic, indicating the collective depth of commitment.

This workshop is designed to enable us all, both personally and collectively, to increase insight, empathy, and skills from whatever our starting point. The starting point for this experience is we ourselves.

We will explore:

  • our own understanding of gender and how we have experienced the world (and how that has shifted over time.)
  • the traditional binary understanding of gender as well as a broader, fluid, non-binary understanding, and practice holding both at once .
  • how gender oppression is experienced by cisgender women and transgender/non-binary people and how that is amplified by intersections of oppression (e.g. black cisgender women, queer cisgender women, disabled transgender men, non-binary, queer, poor, disabled people, etc.)b
  • both healthy masculinity as well as what has been called “toxic” (damaging to a masculine person as well as those around them) masculinity.
  • what we need to know and do, personally and collectively, to be radically inclusive in our professional lives.

 

The end point will be a personal plan of three actions to take that will increase effectiveness in welcoming people, meeting their needs, and meaningfully involving them in a way that moves us all closer to a just world.

And all of this will involve reflective sharing and bearing witness, delight and joy, curiosity and consent, privacy and collaboration.

CB specializes in facilitating learning experiences that involve issues of marginalization, oppression, and privilege; helping participants hold the complexities of our lives in perspective, and co-creating a safe[r] brave[r] space within which people can be challenged to learn and grow.

They are a frequent presenter and consultant in congregations and schools in the northeast in Preemptive Radical Inclusion, safer communities/congregations, and supporting gender creative and transgender/non-binary children and youth in schools and youth-serving organizations. They are an Our Whole Lives trainer and trainer of trainers and teach Awesomely Awkward sexuality and consent education to elementary and middle schoolers around Massachusetts.

They were the full time Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence for 16 years.

CB is a non-binary/genderqueer, queer, mostly able-bodied person

…who was an Outstanding Citizen to their community in the North Country in 1979.

 

That may well have been the last time.

True Story.

You can find out more about CB at their website, JusticeAndPeaceConsulting.com

If the universe bends toward justice, it is because we accept responsibility to do the heavy lifting.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

Day One: 

1:00-1:45 Check-in and registration
2:00-2:30 Introductions and context for retreat 
3:00-4:45 Check-ins (in collegial groups – separate)
5:00-6:00 Conviviality / Rest - Happy Hour small wine
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Notice, Bear Witness: What was I taught about gender, how do I bear my experience, how do I bear witness to others
8:30-9:00 Worship (c/o LREDA) Kimberly – 
9:00 Relax & Connect

Day Two: 

7:30-8:00 Contemplative Space (quiet in worship space)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Worship (c/o UUMA)
9:30-10:45 Bear Witness, Change the Game: Our Puritan inheritance. Breaking paradigms. Breaking them again.

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Notice, Change the Game: Sex and Gender, Dawn and Dusk.
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Small Group Conversations –  (Jan Gartner lead one)
3:00-4:30 Program:  Bear Witness, Build Trust:
What goes unnoticed is brought into view

4:30-5:30 Free Time; optional worship – Christian communion (Jennifer Hamlin-Navias and Kimberley Debus) 
5:30-6:00 Conviviality / Rest
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Collegial Conversations*
8:30-?? Everyone’s Got Talent (fun & fellowship)

*Topics solicited from group

Day Three: 

7:30-8:00 Contemplative Space (quiet in worship space)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Program: Build Trust, Change the World:
Ally, advocate, accomplice.
10:15-11:45 Business Meetings
11:45-12:00 Closing Worship
12:00 Lunch

 

 

 

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