Jesus Lucero is the Greater MN and Faith Coordinator of OutFront MN, the largest LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy group in Minnesota. He will present an overview of current pressing issues including intersectionality and conversion therapy, and also help us work to model inclusive practices, update our sense of how UU members can be allies, and how we can plug into the movement work.
Photographer Monica Bryand presents a gorgeous slide show of birds she has photographed within our state for the Audubon Society of Minnesota. This multi-year effort is part of the tracking of the effects of climate change on bird populations in the United States. Monica will discuss where she photographed various species, and talk about the stresses that put them in danger for decline.
Today we celebrate the season with our annual Thanksgiving potluck. Before we eat we will spend some time sharing what makes each of us thankful. Please watch for a sign-up sheet for bringing food to share, or just come -- all are welcome!
Many of us come from other religious traditions, yet we live in sometimes intimate kinship with both our community and the rest of the world. What does it mean to "belong" to the Lake Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists? Does everyone who visits belong, or do we place limits on what it means to belong? Are we the "welcoming congregation" we aspire to be? These are the kinds of questions we will explore in this program led by Lake Fellowship member Matthew Tift.
Join us for a special program during which Lake Fellowship member Sharon Dana will interview fellow member Beatriz Aguerrevere about her native Venezuela and her thoughts about what has happened to her country since she emigrated decades ago.
Today, Marnie Karger will lead a program exploring this month's theme of Belonging through a look at our history with slavery. We'll listen to an episode from the 1619 Project and discuss the points author Nikole Hannah-Jones presents about our identity as Americans and our efforts to support democracy.
Today we welcome Dr. Ellen Kennedy as our guest speaker. Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive Director of World Without Genocide and adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will speak about the rise in hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees, blacks, and other minority groups. She will discuss conditions that influence the increase in hate speech, violence, and membership in alt-right and other hate groups; and the distinction between incitement and free speech.
Today, Terry Anderson will continue our conversation around the theme of Expectation.
Today, Lake Fellowship member Marnie Karger will lead a program exploring our monthly theme of what it means to be a people of Expectation. We'll explore what expectations can help us accomplish, what they may keep us from doing, and just how easy it is to forget how much we expect from one another, until something doesn't work out well.
Today, we welcome Bruce MacKenzie from Better Angels. Bruce, a member of Better Angels, will be speaking about the polarization we are experiencing in our country, its causes, the concerns it creates, and some steps we can take to be part of a solution. Better Angels is a non-profit, bipartisan organization that is working to address polarization in the U.S.