Don’t miss your chance to participate in Adult Religious Education and Spiritual Development (ARESD) offerings that begin this month. There is still time to sign up for any of the following programs.

Charlotte’s Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge — Begins Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.:

Based on a model used successfully in other communities, Charlotte’s Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge (Jan. 18-Feb. 15) “is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.”

According to the website, participants will read, watch, or listen to at least one resource per day, out of a provided list, with topics including “understanding bias, affordable housing and homelessness, legal system inequities, privilege and allyship.”

UUCC member Karen Bringle will host three Zoom discussions (Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18) throughout the challenge for participants who would like to share their experience with others. For more information and to sign up for the Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge, click on this link: https://www.uwccequitychallenge.org/. To participate in Zoom discussions throughout the challenge facilitated by Karen Bringle, please send an email to aresd@uuccharlotte.org by Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Transgender Inclusion Course — Begins January 25, 6-8 p.m.: Developed by Transforming Hearts Collective, this six-week course consists of presentations by co-leaders Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, who have extensive experience in anti-racism, gender identity and social justice issues. The sessions explore gender roles and patriarchy, the role of spirituality in transgender lives, how differences between trans culture and mainstream culture can contribute to trans exclusion in congregations, and how to become a Beloved Community and create a trans-affirming culture shift in our congregation. According to the curriculum website, “this course is for everyone from novices on trans identity to those with decades of life experience.”

UUCC members David Flynn and Ron Spake will facilitate discussions. The class begins on Monday, January 25, and will meet every Monday until March 8 (with no class held on February 15). Because the lectures are pre-recorded, participants have two options for viewing:

1) watch each video on their own at their convenience; or

2) watch via Zoom with the facilitators from 6-7 p.m. on each class night. A discussion session for all participants will be held from 7-8 p.m. after each viewing.

The Transgender Inclusion course is open to high school students and adults. To reserve your spot and receive a Zoom invitation, please send an email to aresd@uuccharlotte.org by Sunday, Jan. 24.

If you have any questions on any of these offerings, please contact Sharon Baker at bakerwriter@yahoo.com.