UUCT Sunday Service Gathering via Zoom

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Join us this Sunday November 29 via Zoom for connection and spiritual centering.


After 400 Years of Indigenous Resistance, Where Are We Today?

Guest in the Pulpit: Rev. Gary McAlpin

Since the first Congregationalists (many who would become the UUA) landed at Plymouth Rock, Indigenous people all over this continent have been trying to survive and be as successful as their peers in dominant culture, in spite of the racist and genocidal policies of the colonizing countries. Instead of just looking at the past injustices and literal genocides, let’s also explore what is happening right now and what we can do to help bring our Indigenous communities into our own denomination’s sphere of social justice and becoming a true beloved community of all people.

Reverend Gary McAlpin was raised mostly with his maternal grandparents in Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, with his grandmother being a strict Baptist and his grandfather a traditional ceremonial Cherokee. Gary has an undergraduate degree in Cross-Cultural Services, an MDiv with emphasis on Native American Pastoral Care and a Masters in Clinical-Counseling Psychology with concentration in Indigenous Psychology and Inter-Generational Trauma. Gary was in the USMC for four years, serving during the Iran-Contra conflict of the 1980s. Gary has served in several different denominations as a missionary, church planter, chaplain, and pastor, both adult and youth, as well as serving as a therapist for 12 years in mental health settings, mostly with adolescents and families.

Gary and his family live in the heart of the Cherokee Reservation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where Gary has a UU community ministry called Sweetwater Foundation and assists in local congregations. Gary is also a ceremonial leader in one of Cherokee Nation’s traditional ceremonial grounds, continuing on the traditions of his ancestors. Gary has been invited to numerous gatherings to speak, including the United Nations Indigenous People’s Permanent Forum, keynote speaker for numerous Diversity conferences and camps especially concerning Indigenous rights issues, social services and environmental justice. Gary has also participated and led many world-wide gatherings of Indigenous people concerning Indigenous rights and decolonization. The confluence of environmental racism/degradation, building/restoring community and anti-racism work is a central emphasis of passion and ministry for Gary, especially making this a bridge between UUA congregations and the world outside their walls.

Our Share the Plate this Sunday is for our UUCT Music Program.  Half of the money collected this Sunday will go to this social justice partner.  Click here for the three ways you can give.

Our Zoom Sunday Service starts at 11:00 am

Also feel free to stay on after the service for more discussion at our Online Social (Half) Hour where, with the help of suggested questions for reflection, we’ll gather in breakout rooms to connect and deepen with each other!

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