Healing the Divide
Date(s) - 09/05/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Healing the Divide — Sunday September 5, 1:00 to 2:30 on Zoom
Healing the Divide is a UUCPA group which formed after the 2016 elections to ask 1) what do we not understand about others with more conservative viewpoints and 2)  what can we learn that will help us communicate even across wide differences in belief.
As we return from our summer break, our topic for the next three months will be the book by Valarie Kaur entitled See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.  Conveniently, the book is divided into three major sections:

Part 1: See No Stranger: Loving Others  (September)
Part 2: Tend the Wound: Loving Opponents  (October)
Part 3: Breathe and Push: Loving Ourselves  (November)

The “love” that Kaur advocates is not romantic love or selfless Christian love (Kaur is a Sikh, and is not a pacifist).  Instead, she speaks of revolutionary love – the choice to enter into wonder and labor for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves.

Unfortunately, the Santa Clara Library system appears to have only one copy of the book available. The book can be ordered through Amazon or your favorite book store, though you might want to pre-order the paperback edition that will become available on Sept. 7. You can prepare for our first meeting by watching her TED talk:


Although that 20-minute video necessarily compresses her message,  it is an exceptionally good introduction to her approach to healing the divide.

Zoom information will be provided on heal-the-divide@uucpa.org a day or two before the meeting.  If you are not a member of that email list, you can request to join by sending a message to heal-the-divide+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Hope to see you there!

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