Mar 29 - POSTPONED
Craig Brochman - Erasing Indigenous Identity with the Sixties Scoop
A powerful, personal & heart wrenching story. Craig was a Native child who was placed in foster care, then was adopted by a white family. He now works for the Mississaugas of Scugog island as a professional speaker, educating the public about native issues.
Mar 22 - POSTPONED
Rev. Carly Gaylor - Footnotes in Unitarian Universalism
Today we'll look at some of the stories from Unitarian and Universalist history that are less widely known. Like any history, UU history includes stellar moments, ones that we remember with pride, and challenging moments that we don't relish as part of our lineage, along with a good smattering of mundane ones, too. What do some of our untold stories tell us about who we were, who we are, and who we may yet become?
Mar 15 - POSTPONED
Katie Fortune - Sex Trafficking
Katie Fortune of the OneChild Network will be giving a short presentation on child sex trafficking. Her speech will examine how trafficking can happen, real stories of trafficked children, and how we as adults and members of the church can get involved to end this awful crime. OneChild believes in the right for every child to have a carefree and happy childhood and so we call on UUCD to fight for the inherent right to justice for these children and to join the fight in ending the trade.
OneChild is the first organization in the world empowering a movement of children and youth to take action against the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children through prevention education, advocacy and engagement, survivor care and survivor empowerment.
Sometimes the best of intentions yield unexpected and undesirable results. At the end of the day, intentions are important but impact even more so. We'll look at some controversial ways help is offered, especially across cultural differences, and examine our own intentions and hopes as we work for good in our community and world.
This thought-provoking presentation focuses on "mental health", and how the underlying (often unexamined) “stories” that we have and share about it are very consequential. We will discuss the pros and cons with the dominant (medical/pathology) narrative, and highlight other perspectives through which to understand the subject of mental health. We can be much more effective and helpful when we have more than one lens through which to understand the issue.
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