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THE QUEST – VIRTUAL Pre-Service Discussion Group

July 26, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, repeating until September 20, 2020

The Quest is now VIRTUAL!

Join us on Zoom Sunday mornings at 9:30am to 10:30am before the 11am online Sunday Celebration Service on facebook live.

To join the discussion you will need to pre-register by emailing Zoe at UNY click here – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Sunday mornings before service, join us for a pre-service discussion group “THE QUEST”. The group is led by different Unity of New York teachers each week. The weekly discussions are based on a chosen book or topic.* All are welcome and encouraged to join the discussion and although the readings are recommended, no one is required to read the book being discussed in order to participate in the group discussion.   Join us for some fellowship before service and meet up with like-minded people on the spiritual path.

The book that is currently being discussed is “Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America”

Ground Rules & Guidelines

we are currently using in the Quest


It’s okay to speak about issues that others bring up, but we avoid sharing about the personal details of what anyone says



What is said here stays here.


Be aware of how much time you’re using to speak so others can talk too.


Listen with an open mind. Don’t rush to react. Take in what’s been said.



Rather than getting lost in a long personal story or changing the conversation to a completely different topic.


We focus on issues rather than specific politicians for example.


Rather than trying to jump to our intellect, or to avoid a feeling some other way, we encourage you to feel your feelings as part of a Divine process of healing


Allow yourself to not know. Consider you may be in error. Feel a feeling without needing to get rid of it. Breathe through it.


For more on The Beloved Community and Dr. King’s philosophy visit:


Unity Worldwide also has a resource page called STANDING TOGETHER which is excellent

Here is a link to a powerful valedictorian speech where Francine shares about her experience of racism. https://nextshark.com/valedictorian-addresses-racism-from-classmates/

An article that is relevant to our conversation is “What Is Owed “  by Nikole Hannah-Jones it is the New York Times Magazine dates 6.28.20. Here is the link:



Here is the Link mentioned about the YouTube Video on the Confederacy by Jeffrey Robinson

This is a good conversation on Race – podcast by Krista Tippett from On Being..
Music video shared at the top of class 7-26-20:
Shine by Tobe Nwigwe: https://youtu.be/uoIUnlFoySI


Here is a book which just came out that is a good resource for this discussion especially when we get to the last chapters that talk about next steps: https://www.makechangebook.com/

Video suggestion:“Africa’s Great Civilization” on PBS

Book suggestions:

“White Fragility” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Video Discussing the book “White Fragility”: https://youtu.be/45ey4jgoxeU

“The Afro-Latino Reader” Edited by Miriam Jimenz Roman and Juan Flores

Video of “The Mask” by Dr. Maya Angelou:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HLol9InMlc&t=212s

Dr. King’s Philosophy: https://thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy/

Ted Talk – “We Need to Talk about Injustice”: https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice/up-next?language=en

Poem by  Lindsay Young
Maybe your lane is protesting.
Maybe your lane is counseling.
Maybe your lane is art activism.
Maybe your lane is surviving the day.
Do not feel guilty for not occupying every lane.
We need all of them.
Poem by Mable Collins, Light on the Path, 1885
Seek out the way.
Seek the way by retreating within.
Seek the way by advancing boldly without.
Seek it not by any one road. To each temperament
there is one road which seems the most desirable. But
the way is not found by devotion alone, by religious
contemplation alone, by ardent progress, by self-
sacrificing labor, by studious observation of life. None
alone can take (you) more than one step onward.
All steps are necessary to make up the ladder.
This is a whitepaper I [Scott Hutchins] co-wrote a couple of years ago about improving the shelter system: https://www.picturethehomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/PtH_White_paper5.pdf
Two online opportunities to delve deeper:
Middle Collegiate Church – Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis- Jacqui Lewis middlenews@middlechurch.org via middlechurch.ccsend.com – On Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET, Erika Banks will lead “The Call Within: Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out.”  $20 covers both dates.
Kathy Grant’s new class beginning on ZOOM Tuesday October 6th – November 17th 6:00 – 7:30 PM – Conversation Skills – tools for listening from the heart, creating connection, and providing a safe environment for dialogue in tough, emotional situations.  SEE Credit. Email Zoe to sign up.
Daily Word Justice March 1, 1945
Book suggestion From Adrienne Williams Myers : Caste::The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Isabel Wilkerson published Penguin RandomHouse
Book suggestion: No Name Street by James Baldwin
There is a section in the NY Times section “Further Reading” where writers share books that have informed their perspectives on race and racism in America.


July 26, 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
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