Community UU Congregation
4:00 - 5:15pm every Sunday afternoon. Come one! Come all! And invite your non-UU friends to come join us.
All class offered via Zoom:
Or telephone 646-876-9923, and enter meeting ID: 289 850 7899
TODAY -- Sun Apr 19, 4:00-5:15pm
"Practice of the Week: EveryDay Sacred." Read the post about this practice HERE. Try some the practices described. Then join the class to share our experiences and reflections. How can we live in a way that honors our deepest values and our place in the grand scheme of life? How can we make every day sacred?
NEXT SUNDAY -- Apr 26, 4:00-5:15pm.
"Practice of the Week: Don't Be So Predictable." Suppose you were less bound by your story of who you are, and more open-ended about discovering every day who you are today? Read the post about this practice HERE. Then join in the class to explore questions about how life can be more free -- even in the midst of chafing constraints imposed by the pandemic.
Sun May 3, 10, 17, 24:
Four-part Exploration of this year's UUA Common Read: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.
2015 Recipient of the American Book Award
2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.
Order the book from the UUA bookstore, HERE -- of from your favorite book source.
The four classes co-facilitated by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Jeff Tomlinson
Sun May 3, 4:00-5:15pm: pp. 1-55 ("Introduction: This Land"; "Chapter 1: Follow the Corn"; "Chapter 2: Culture of Conquest"; Chapter 3: Cult of the Covenant").
Sun May 10, 4:00-5:15pm: pp. 56-116 ("Chapter 4: Bloody Footprints"; "Chapter 5: The Birth of a Nation"; "Chapter 6: The Last of the Mohicans and Andrew Jackson's White Republic").
Sun May 17, 4:00-5:15pm: pp. 117-177 ("Chapter 7: Sea to Shining Sea"; "Chapter 8: 'Indian Country'"; "Chapter 9: U.S. Triumphalism and Peacetime Colonialism").
Sun May 24, 4:00-5:15pm: pp. 178-236 ("Chapter 10: Ghost Dance Prophecy: A Nation Is Coming"; "Chapter 11: The Doctrine of Discovery"; "Conclusion: The Future of the United States").
About the book:
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
With growing support for movements such as the campaign to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples' Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is an essential resource providing historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. In An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: "The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them."
Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.