NEW RE Class: Turning Points in UU History

Starting July 7 join us for Turning Points in UU History, a six-session exploration of
turning points and controversies in our history that will delve into the complexities of
these historical moments, how they shaped Unitarian Universalism, and how they relate
to our faith today. Each session will reflect on the sides involved in the controversy,
putting participants in the shoes of those who lived through it. While there is some
overlap in content between this series and other UU history sessions Adult RE has
offered, Turning Points in UU History will take historical understanding to a deeper level
to the moments when we struggled to define who we are as a movement. The series will
be led by Jim Kelley assisted by Frank Casper and Kim Green, all long-time UUCA
members.

Jim Kelley received an MA in History from Georgia State University in 2015, where he
wrote his thesis on “Theodore Parker: Transcendentalist, Abolitionist, and White
Supremacist.” He has pursued his studies focusing on the history of Unitarians and
Universalists and recently published a biography of the first Unitarian minister in Atlanta,
Rev. George L. Chaney, in the dictionary of UU Biographies (www.uudb.org). Jim has
previously taught courses at UUCA on UU History 101 and The History of UU’s and
Race.

Frank Casper is a lay minister emeritus and has delivered sermons in UU congregations
all over the mid-South area. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of
Detroit/Mercy and a Masters of Theological Studies from Boston University School of
Theology. Frank has taught classes at UUCA in philosophy and religion and has taught
for both OLLI and SUGA on religion and popular film.
Kim Green has worked alongside Reverend Marti Keller, Reverend Anthony Makar, and
Reverend Taryn Strauss to provide meaningful services and courses that speak to the
African American experience. Kim graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse
School of Communications and has served as an entertainment journalist and celebrity
ghostwriter for over 20 years. At UUCA, she has served as an OWL instructor; leader of
the UUCA Women's Writer's Group; conceived the Women's Writing Conference,
"Getting in Touch with the Source"; and created an anthology of women writers, giving

over 50 women their first published work. Kim is a freelance writer and writing coach
with her companies, WORDS, LLC and Blank Page Consulting.

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