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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

35/47 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050, (973) 674-0010.   (Just off Main Street, just a block from Scotland Road.   Off-street parking.   Directions )

Upcoming Services & Other Events

last updated November 14, 2017


tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, November 27th, 6 PM -- Building Solidarity Potluck, in Parish Hall.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, December 10th, 5 PM -- Protagonists of Hope -- Robert Sember

On June 6, 1976, school students in Soweto refused to participate in a system that was educating them to be oppressed. This uprising set in motion the forces that would eventually topple the Apartheid system. That year, our presenter, Robert Sember, was 13 years old - the same age as many of the students who led the struggle. What he witnessed that year taught him that while we might not have chosen the histories into which we are born, we can be protagonists of the future. Robert will discuss what he has learned from his experiences in South Africa and the US about what it means be a protagonist of hope.

Robert Sember is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at The New Schoolís Eugene Lang College and a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation where he focuses on how changes to the U.S. health care system affect the lives of people with mental health and addiction needs. Born in 1963 in South Africa and raised under Apartheid system, he was active in the war resistance and gay rights movements. After arriving in the United States in 1989, he joined social movements here, and contributed to public health interventions and research concerned with the HIV/AIDS crisis. Robert has taught at Columbia Universityís Mailman School of Public Health, where he also served on the Center for Evaluation and Technical Assistance and the Secretariat for the International Working Group on Sexuality and Social Policy. He is also currently on the faculty of the University of Amsterdamís Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society and is a member of the international art collective, Ultra-red, founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by AIDS activists, sound artists, and musicians. As a member of Ultra-red, he has worked with museums, art and educational institutes, and community organizations across the world.


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