Social Justice, October 2018

Literature, Film and Drama Contingent: 
The Labor Day weekend LFDC meeting found members and guests full of appreciation – for MAUBs (moments of awareness of unconscious bias) and the closer attention many of us now pay to our thought processes regarding people and situations; for the work of author Tim Wise (who was in the Bay Area for two sold-out events, alas!), especially his talent for factual details, in addition to great writing that helps us understand the state of our nation; and for the comedic-bordering-on-caricature work of Spike Lee’s movie, The BlackKKKlansman. (For true “caricature,” see The Birth of a Nation, which was originally called The Clansman).

Julie Rogers took a vote for next month’s Fishbowl Conversation, and the winning topic is “Disability.” On October 7, we will have three schools of fish: Those whose disability is visible; those who have an invisible disability, and those who are temporarily able-bodied and able-minded. Please contact Julie ( if you are interested in participating in the Fishbowl. She will send questions ahead of time to each school, so participants will have fish food for thought.


All members and friends of UUCB are urged to participate in this year’s Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) Harmony Walk, which gives us the opportunity to build community while raising money for GRIP, an organization that does wonderful work providing shelter and resources for homeless families, plus three meals a day for hungry and disenfranchised people in and around Richmond. The Walk, plus a 5K run for younger participants, starts around 10:45 am on Saturday, October 27, from Nicholl Park, MacDonald Ave and 31st street in Richmond.  Visit the Social Justice Table for more information.


The Social Justice Council invites you to join us on Saturday, October 13, at 7 pm for a FREE screening of the film HUMAN FLOW by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei.  After years of house arrest, he was given back his passport two years ago and re-located to Berlin. He then visited 23 countries within a year, filming refugees in camps around the globe.  FYI: This event coincides with Parents Night Out!!!  Childcare hours have been extended to 9:30 PM.

The doors open at 5:30 PM: Art-Making with Sylvia Parisotto; Story-sharing with our guests; and light refreshments.



Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?