Dr. Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson's work was featured in the chapter titled "Race" in the bestseller NurtureShock. She is considered one of the country's leading experts on talking with children about race. This OSU professor's research convinces her that avoiding talk about race in our homes and classrooms leaves our children vulnerable to the racism that permeates our culture. She has some recommendations about how to go about talking with children in ways that help children rather than leave them in the dark. She has published two practical papers—one for parents and another for teachers.
You can compare race with another topic people often have difficulty discussing with children: sexuality. We all know that refusing to discuss sex leaves children confused and concocting stories. My goal is to make First UU a place where we support parents in developing healthy attitudes about both sexuality and race.
We took the first step my first year with you when we started the middle school class called Race To Justice. Jeane has started to spend time with that class and she told me how impressed she was with the level of discussion, the teaching team, and the youth. Great thanks to Dave Gill, one of the teachers in that class. He read NutureShock, and realizing that Jeane was at OSU, he contacted her. This is the level of commitment we have in our Sunday School.
Our next step is to offer a conversation with Jeane on Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Invite your friends, regardless of their religion. This is a special opportunity to get some of your questions answered about talking with preschool through elementary children. If you like, we can also form a practice group to support one another as we take bold and sometimes scary steps. Families that attend the 11 AM service may want to bring your lunch. The RE Council will supply lemonade and tea. Childcare will be provided.
Mark your calendars now for this important event!
Director of Religious Education
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
Raul and Judy Cardenas have been married for eight years, with three children: their daughter, plus two sons from Judy's previous marriage who call Raul "Papi." The Cardenases are like many American families except that except that Raul was born in Mexico and faces deportation in April— their family will soon be torn apart unless you help.
Despite the fact that he is married to a U.S. citizen, and the father
of another U.S. citizen, Raul is an undocumented worker and is
scheduled to be deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in
April. There is currently no pathway to legal U.S. residency for him.
Please sign the petition to halt the deportation of Jose Raul Cardenas Gonzalez of Denver. Keep the Cardenas family together.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus.
On Saturday, March 19, Mr. Khan will speak at the 7th annual Amy Interfaith Lecture Series at the Church of the Master, United Methodist in Westerville.
Schedule of Events:
The Amy Lecture Series was established by the children of Dr. Bill and Flo Amy in honor of the ministry of their parents. Dr. Amy was professor of World Religions at Otterbein University from 1962–1978 and 1993–2005.
The March 13th Racial Unity Service was remarkable not only for the diversity of its participants (people of many races, cultures and religions were there) but also for its emphasis on the need for people of faith to work on justice. The messages focused on anti-poverty, comprehensive immigration reform, interfaith and anti-racism work.
We are energized!
"The road builds us as we build the road." Sarvodaya saying.
Here's the link to the poem.