As part of our commitment to being engaged in the world beyond our walls, and in particular in the local community, 1U regularly takes part in interfaith activities.
Many of our community service and social justice activities give us an opportunities to work with interfaith projects or to partner with those in other faith traditions. You will find many of those listed elsewhere.
Below are some of the upcoming activities with a distinctly interfaith orientation. Some are series and others are one time events. Note that specific 1U involvement is noted in red. Watch the weekly update email and Sunday bulletins for updates.
One Tuesday a month September 2013 through May 2014, at The Holocaust Center
This collaboration between the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Holocaust Center is a follow up to last year’s successful Religion 101 series. Each month features representatives from three different traditions who will engage in lively conversation with each other and the audience regarding a predetermined question. Full schedule and topics are here. (Note: Three panels will feature representatives of Unitarian Universalism and Rev. Kathy will serve as the Moderator for 3 panels. We often carpool from 1U.)
Religion 201 Prep Series
Second Tuesday of the month, September 2013 through March 2014, 7:15 to 8:30 at First Unitarian in the Community Room (Room 18 of the Enrichment Center)
Each month, we will have a session at 1U to engage the material scheduled for Religion 201. Rev. Kathy will offer brief overviews of the traditions that will be participating. Then we will engage in the conversation amongst ourselves about the question of the month. While these sessions will stand on their own, they will also deepen the experience of those who then decide to attend the Religion 201 session. On those months when Unitarian Universalism will be on the panel, it will be a chance for the representative to hear from other UUs before taking part.
Monthly Interfaith Discussion
Second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Adventist University of Health Sciences on Florida Hospital’s main campus
Participants in this discussion group, which has met for over a dozen years, end their time together each month by choosing and engaging topic for the following month. The next topic can be found in the month recent newsletter of the Interfaith Council which can be found here. Rev. Kathy, as well as several other 1U folks, frequently attend, and would welcome your company. We often carpool from 1U.)
Tuesday through Sunday, September 17 – 22, various times and location, Winter Park & Orlando
While you may be interested in many of the films in this festival, one of the final films shown will be followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
Saturday, September 21. 10:00 – 4:00 pm, at Spirit of Joy, Orlando
This workshop is for all people, from any walk of life, ages high school and up. The workshop will teach specific tools for communicating peacefully with one another, and being able to disagree without being disagreeable, even on the hottest political, social and relational topics. Note: A concurrent event for school children grade 3-8 is available as is free childcare for younger children.
Sunday, September 22. 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at Northland; A Church Distributed, Longwood
A Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) Workshop: Learn how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Utilize resources in your congregation
Hate Crime Prevention Forum
Monday, September 23, Evening, at First Unitarian Church, Orlando
Members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as civil rights and other community organizations gather to deepen our shared understanding. To read about a recent such workshop in Daytona, click here.
Rev. Kathy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The Exec meets monthly to learn what is going on the community, to plan joint activities, and to build relationship. The Exec includes representatives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha’i, and Unitarian Universalism. (Note: While the Exec does not have formal representation for the Free Thought community which includes atheists, agnostics, and humanist, it is in conversation with the community and has collaborated various projects.