March 13, 2016

9:30 a.m. — Forum: Criminal Justice Reform, led by Cliff Johnson

After more than 20 years practicing law in Mississippi, Cliff Johnson joined the University of Mississippi School of Law as the first Director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. Professor Johnson oversees the Center’s litigation efforts, focusing primarily in the areas of civil rights, social justice, and human rights, and he supervises law students participating in the MacArthur Justice Clinic. Professor Johnson was a Fulbright Scholar at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden, where he taught Law and History of the American Civil Rights Movement and conducted research and lectured on the political and social challenges resulting from Sweden’s immigration policy and integration efforts. Annually, he returns to Stockholm to serve as moderator of an international symposium for human rights lawyers from developing countries. He is a member of the University of Mississippi’s Allies Program – a network of faculty and staff who visibly support students who identify as GLBT and works to foster a campus climate in which all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, may feel safe, supported, respected, and affirmed. Professor Johnson received his B.A. in Political Science, with high honors and special distinction, from Mississippi College in 1989 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1992, where he was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

10:30 a.m. — Coffee Fellowship

reading11:00 a.m. – Service: Reading as a Spiritual Practice?, led by Ann Maclaine

What is a spiritual practice for a UU?  How do our Six UU Sources inform our understanding of spiritual practices?  What is the difference, if any, between an every day activity or habit and a spiritual practice?  It is possible we have an ingrained spiritual practice but have never recognized it as such.  For me, it is reading.  What is it for you?

11:00 a.m. – Religious Exploration:

  • Chalice Children (ages 3-6): Love Surrounds Us – The Chalice Children will learn about our principles and their root in love.
  • U.U. Kids (ages 7-12): UU Identity – The UU Kids are exploring the people, ideas, and events that have shaped Unitarian Universalism.
  • YUUth (ages 13-17): Cosmos: A Personal Voyage – The YUUth will watch and discuss the original series covering a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe

Childcare is available from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Bunch

Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!

12:30 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting 

All members are welcome to attend. The Board will be addressing plans for the coming year.