“The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” with Henry Louis Gates

Last year, PBS aired a new two-part documentary with acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates. Here’s the description PBS offered for the series:

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, that traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.

Beginning Monday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., our Membership Coordinator, Kelly Greene, and Minister, Jay Leach, will offer a four-part class based on this series. We’ll view a portion of each episode together and then discuss it. This class will meet on Mondays January 24, 31, February 7 and February 21 (we will NOT meet on February 14—Valentine’s Day). All of these sessions will be offered on Zoom.

Participants are invited to come with open minds and hearts to this opportunity to better understand the essential role that the Black church has played in the Black community and to better appreciate the remarkable range of experiences that have been and are a part of the Black church.

If you are interested in participating in this four-session class, you can register here: https://bit.ly/BlackChurchJan2022.

Seeing Anew: Stories of Rediscovery — “Crip Camp”

“No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution.”

The Adult Religious Education and Spiritual Development’s monthly series, “Seeing Anew: Stories of Rediscovery,” continues on Tuesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. via Zoom with a discussion of the 2020 Netflix documentary “Crip Camp.” Participants are asked to view the documentary on their own before the virtual discussion.

“Crip Camp” tells the story of a groundbreaking camp for teens with disabilities in the 1970s and how some of the camp’s alumni were inspired to join the radical disability rights movement for legislative changes that ultimately led to the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

Directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham, with executive directors Barack and Michelle Obama, this film won the Independent Spirit Award for best documentary feature and the Peabody Award for documentary. It also received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature.

The post-viewing discussion on Zoom will be led by Mic Elvenstar and Cate Stroud, facilitators of the (dis)Ability Support and Advocacy Group at UUCC.

Register here: https://bit.ly/CripCampFeb1