Chalice Camp: Identity and Justice

I’m excited to share news of our 2020 RE Summer Program, Chalice Camp: Identity and Justice. So relevant for our time, we will talk about integrity and courage. Our Sunday morning camp will cover self-identity, difference, the historical and recent background of racism and resistance movements that fought and continue to work to dismantle oppression.

What would camp be without arts and crafts? Decorate your own tee shirt, assemble your own identity mosaic, make your own Femo beads and embellish your own star fish. Sounds like fun. We make it easy by assembling the supplies. All you have to do is register for Chalice Camp—it’s free—and come to church on July 12 to pick up your supplies. I will ship or drop them to your home if you can’t make it on Sunday, July 12.

As you can imagine the materials take time and money to assemble so we really do need you to register. That way we will know how many to make. It’s simple: Each child’s name, age, address, grade in Fall of 2020, your cell phone & email and each child’s T-shirt size 6-8, 10-12, 14-16. Email the information to RevJudy@ocuuc.orgby July 5.

It is heartbreaking to know that children as young as two and three years-old begin to understand that being white and having blue eyes is preferential. Whether white or a person of color we need to resist this powerful message from our culture and replace it with an even stronger narrative in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. As a white person I have more responsibility to overcome conscious and unconscious bias.

Here are some resources as we work on this together.

An annotated list of children’s books complied by the Association of California School Administrators https://content.acsa.org/articles/26-children-books-on-race-racism-resistance.

UUA adult program The Journey Toward Wholeness https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/documents/congservices/araomc/jtw_1996-2002.pdf

Teaching Young Children to Resist Bias: What Parents Can Do National Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.cccpreschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Teaching-Children-to-Resist-Bias4.pdf

“Racism attacks the very sense of self for children of color... Racism also teaches White children a false identity of superiority and distorts their perceptions of reality. Thus they are not equipped to fairly and productively interact with more than half of the world’s humanity.

Recognize that, because we live in a racist and biased society, we must actively foster children’s anti-bias development.

Provide books, dolls, toys, wall decorations (paintings, drawings, photographs), TV programs, and records that reflect diverse images that children may not likely see elsewhere.”

10 Ways to Nurture Tolerance http://www.pmct.org/articles/tolerance2002.html and Teaching As Social Justice Work: Anti-Oppression and Anti-Bias Work, UUA curricula and programs: https://www.uua.org/racial-justice/curricula Let’s take up this healing work.

Rev. Judy