2019 President's Council Fall Retreat: Boston Seaport, MA
We had a wonderful gathering during our 2019 President's Council Fall Meeting at the UUA Headquarters in Boston, MA with President, Susan Frederick-Gray, Executive Vice President, Carey McDonald and Director of Stewardship and Development, Lauren Smith.
We began on Thursday, November 7th spending the evening together for a Welcome and Dessert Reception. On Friday November 8th we met for a full day of reporting and a visit from our guest speaker Clint Smith III. Saturday, November 9th we gathered again for a full day at the UUA Headquarters and later dinned at Miel located in the InterContnetal Boston Hotel. During our last day together on Sunday November 10th we gathered for Sunday Service led by the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray at First Parish Church in Brookline, MA.
President's Council Featured Special Guest
We were honored to have as our Featured Special Guest.
Clint Smith's Bio:
Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is currently an Emerson Fellow at New America and has previously received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. He is a National Poetry Slam
Champion whose writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, and The Paris Review.
His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. His debut narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.
To learn more click here to visit Clint Smith's III website.
Featured Presenter for UU the Vote with UUA's Organizing Strategy Director
We also had the pleasure of having Organizing Strategy Director,The Rev. Ashley Horan introduce UU the Vote.
Ashley Horan's Bio:
The supervising the team of organizers and strategists who shape the UUA’s prophetic witness and public facing justice work through campaigns such as Side With Love, Love Resists, Green Sanctuary, the UU College of Social Justice, and more. Before coming into this role in August 2019,
Ashley served for five years as the Executive Director of MUUSJA – The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (Minnesota’s UU State Action Network,) and for seven years as core staff for Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity, a small-group ministry program for congregations committed to confronting racism and white supremacy culture.
To Learn more abot how you can get involved with UU the Vote please visit our site at: https://www.uuthevote.org/.