Chablis Dandridge, born to a 17-year old single mother and raised in Newark, NJ, had many lessons early on about the harsh realities of life. By 18, he had dropped out of school, suffered 4 gunshot wounds, was paralyzed from the waist down, fathered two children, was institutionalized for mental health concerns and found himself living in and out of jail. While in prison, Chablis received a college degree and Paralegal Certification, learned Spanish, focused on prison reform advocacy and community outreach work, and authored 5 books. Today he lives in Charlotte, NC, speaks publicly on human rights and works tirelessly on recidivism and youth reformation programs.
Date/Time: Sunday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82455378963
Meeting ID: 824 5537 8963
Thursday July 16,2020- 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topic: "Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice", TEDxRainier
Presenter: Dr. Megan Ming Francis, Political Scientist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington
Dr. Francis asks; "why does the killing of unarmed blacks continue to happen?" She makes an urgent case for a new approach to these tragic deaths, explaining that we need to look at the deeper causes of systemic racism rather than settle for easy fixes.
Check future editions of the Boonitarian Blasts for details.
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 6:00PM
CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall: "How To Explain Racism to Kids"- Two Parts: CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with Sesame Street to present a Town Hall discussion designed for parents and children (grandparents and grandchildren) about coming together and Standing up Against Racism. Link to both videos through CNN.com (Sesame Street Town Hall-Racism). Please watch in advance. Discussion on Zoom using ID and Password above. Children invited to be a part of the discussion also. Led by Rachel McKinney.
Topic for June 25, 2020- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" (click on this link to watch). Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools speaks to the presence and impact of white privilege that plays in our everyday lives as a hypothetical line of justice. Please watch TED TALK Prior to our Zoom Meeting.
View the current issue of the Boonitarian to find upcoming service and covenant group Zoom links. See you there!
Stories have connected people in all cultures since ancient times. Traditionally, stories were passed down by word of mouth. Connie Green will tell stories on Sunday mornings (starting 4/19/20) at 10:00 to our religious education children and and friends. She will include stories from a variety of cultures that convey important life lessons or sometimes just a laugh. Please join with the meeting ID: 374-719-0281. https://appstate.zoom.us/j/3747190281
Looking for More? Check out the Church of the Larger Fellowship
Quest For Meaning is a ministry of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. Click here to explore the website.
CLF gathers each week in global spiritual community to worship live together. Join us Sundays around 7:45 PM Eastern Time. Worship will start at 8 PM. We are here for you. When you are ready, enter the CLF online sanctuary (will open the zoom room). Click here to learn more and register to attend the Sunday CLF service: https://www.questformeaning.org/worship/#event=38294512
Additionally, The Church of the Larger Fellowship offers recorded homilies you can watch anytime. Click here.
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