The Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, June 22, 2017

Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture "What Does it Mean to Be White? Seeing the Racial Water Post-Civil Rights" Thursday June 22nd, 1:30-2:45

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.

Dr. DiAngelo will offer two workshops. More information here. 


1. MISSION

The purpose of the Fahs Lecture is annually, at the General Assembly of the Uniatrain Universalist Association, to present a speaker on the topic of religious education to this wide and diverse gathering of lay and professional Unitarian Universalists. Each year, the Fahs Lecture Committee seeks to invite an individual whose life and work has shown a commitment and understanding of the meaning, the depth, and the challenges of religious education. The speaker's role is to address some aspect of the sacred work of "leading out" learners of all ages , "educare", to help us have deeper understandings, higher visions, and renewed inspirations for this ministry.

The Fahs Lecture is named in honor of Sophia Lyon Fahs, the religious educator who in the middle of this century shaped the course of Unitarian Universalist religious education. Her insights - including the notion that children develop religious understanding from their interaction with the world - revolutionized how we teach.

2. HISTORY

This annual lecture held at the UUA General Assembly each year, was begun by members of the Board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association in the early 1970s, following a tradition of notable lectures. Dr. Eugene Navias reports that previous to the Fahs Lecture, "the Religious Education Department once had major speakers at General Assemblies and their Unitarian predecessor, May Meetings, and that LREDA regularly had speakers at its annual dinner at GA. One of the most notable speakers at one of these events in the years before the Fahs Lecture started was Cody Wilson, Executive Director of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. His lecture at the LREDA Dinner in 1971 drew much positive attention and was later published by the UUA R.E. Department and distributed through the UUA Bookstore.

"The big move with the Fahs Lecture was...to have a lecture on a topic that had some import to liberal religious education at a prime time at the GA - to rank along with the Ware Lecture. ...a $1,000 grant [was] received from the Unitarian Sunday School Society to fund the first lecture."

HISTORY OF THE SOPHIA FAHS LECTURE AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION

YEAR

SPEAKER

TOPIC

PLACE

2016

Rev. Nate Walker

"A Nation of Religious Minorities"

Colombus, OH

2015 Susan Katz Miller "Complex Religious Identities in the Interfaith Classroom in the 21st Century" Portland, OR
2014 Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed "What did UUs teach children during the 1940s - 50s that led them to join the civil rights movement in the 60s?" Providence, RI
2013 CANCELLED    
2012 Louise Derman-Sparks "Bending Toward Justice: Race, Immigration, and Religious Education" Phoenix, AZ

2011

Dr. Mark Hicks

"Religious Education for People of Color"

Charlotte, NC

2010

Dale McGowan

"Parenting Beyond Belief"

Minneapolis, MN

2009

Rabbi Sandi Sasso

"Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children"

Salt Lake City, UT

2008

CANCELLED

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2007

William J. Doherty

Home Grown Religion

Portland,OR

2006

The Rev. Richard S. Gilbert

“Growing People of Prophetic Fire” (related text version)

St. Louis, MO

2005

Elissa Bishop-Becker

“The Grief Spiral: The Transformative Power of Loss”

Ft. Worth, TX

2004

Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

“From Hospitality to Shalom – Pedagogical Strategies”

Long Beach, CA

2003

Jerome Berryman

“Godly Play:Finding Our Spiritual DirectionThrough Creativity”

Boston,MA

2002

Beverly Wildung Harrison, Professor Emeriti, Union Theological Seminary

“Sophia Fahs:Freedom in a Colonizing Culture”

Quebec,QC

2001

Thomas Groome, Professor of Religious Studies, Boston College

“Postmodernity and Religious Education”

Cleveland, OH

2000

Elias Farajaje-Jones, Professor of Theology at Starr King School for the Ministry

"Meditate, Liberate, Educate."

Nashville,TN

1999

Dr. Ronald Cram,
Executive Director of the Religious Education Association

“Beyond Tolerance: Racial Dialogue in an Era of Expanding Religion “

Salt Lake City,Utah

1998

Bernice Johnson Reagon
educator, musician

"In Search of the Sacred"(cancelled)

Rochester, NY

1997

Byrd Baylor, author

"Being in Charge of Celebrations"

Phoenix,AZ

1996

Marie Fortune
Director, Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

"Doing Least Harm: A New Approach to Sexual Ethics"

Indianapolis, IN

1995

Roberta M. Nelson
UU Minister of Religious Education

"Persistent as the Myriad Light of Stars"

Spokane, WA

1994

Thomas Owen-Towle
UU Minister

"Putting the Child into Our Midst"

Fort Worth, TX

1993

Charles Foster
Professor of Religious Education, Emory University, Atlanta

"Rainbows and Mosaics:
The Multi-Cultural Future"

Charlotte, NC

1992

Doris Dyke
professor, Emmanuel College,University of Toronto

"Women: Nurtured and Abused by Religion"

Calgary, Alberta

1991

William Jones
UU minister, Director of Black Studies, Florida State University

"Primer on Oppression: Liberals' New Agenda"

Hollywood, FL

1990

John DeFrain
Professor of Family Science,University of Nebraska, Lincoln

"The Quality of Strong Families: A Primer for Unitarian Universalists"

Milwaukee, WI

1989

Robert Keegan

"Growing Young Hearts and Minds Toward Justice"

New Haven, CT

1988

Mary Elizabeth Moore

"Telling Stories and Crossing Boundaries"

Palm Springs,CA

1987

Henry Hampton
executive producer,
"Eyes on the Prize"

"Little Rockthrough a Big Window: Reflections on Media and Movement"

Little Rock, AK

1986

Carter Heyward
Episcopal priest and Professor of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School

"Reflections on a Feminist Spirituality for Justice"

Rochester, NY

1985

William R. Jones

"Moral Decision Making: Implications for Unitarian Universalist
Religious Education"

Atlanta,GA

1984

Joanmarie Smith
Professor, Methodist Theological School

"Ecumenical Spirituality"

Columbus, OH

1983

Claire Fisher
Aurilia Reinhardt
Professor,Starr King School for Religious Leaders

"Another Way: Morality and Gender"

Vancouver, BC

1982

Maria Harris
Andover Newton Education
Theological School

"Sisterhood, Silence and Religious- Silence-Awareness-Mourning-Mutuality as ways of Learning and Understanding"

Brunswick, ME

1981

Suzanne Benton
accomplished sculptor, mask maker, actress & storyteller

"Women Myths and Masks"
new perceptions and understandings of women and myths of the Old Testament

Philadelphia, PA

1980

FAHS Night - instead of a lecture

an opportunity to create an autonomous association of people interested in life-long religious education

Albuquerque, NM

1979

Jean Houston
Director of the Foundation for Mind
Research; President of Association of Humanistic Psychology

"Theology and the Metamorphosis of Mind"

East Lansing, MI

1978

Denise Levertov
writer, Professor of English, Tufts

"Acres of Clams and What They Are Saying"

Boston, MA

1977

Zella Luvia
Professor of Psychology, Tufts

"The Changing Worlds of Men and
Women: NewOpportunityor Loss?"

Ithaca, NY

1976

Barbara Brown
leading expert on
biofeedback research

"Changing Concepts of Mind and Spirit: Coping with the Mind Revolution"

Claremont, CA

1975

Gail Thain Parker
President, Bennington College

 

Minneapolis, MN

1974

Mary Daly, author

"God, the Father"

New York, NY