Unfit Christian Presents First Fridays
Unfit Christian Presents First Fridays
Join the Unfit Christian Congregation, led by D. Danyelle Thomas (@UnfitChristian), for our 2021 season of First Fridays!
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Join the Unfit Christian Congregation, led by D. Danyelle Thomas (@UnfitChristian), for the 2021 season of our signature seminar series, First Fridays. First Fridays gathers our community for fellowship, fun, and deeper learning on spirituality, faith, sex, gender, race, and pop culture.
2021 Season Series
January | Black Indigenous Theology II
Panel: Kwame Pitts, Kenyetta Chinwe, Passuh Dany, Valerie Boyer
A continuation from our Final Friday seminar, our season opener Black Indigenous Theology II will continue to unpack ancestral veneration, Santeria/Lucumi, Ifa, and Voudoo with candid conversations with practitioners of many different walks beyond Christianity. We’ll answer your questions about witchcraft, Orisha, conjure, and how to reclaim the Christian faith as inherently Black.
February | What's Love Got to Do With It?
Romantic love is the one thing everyone seems to want but struggle to maintain - regardless of gender or sexual orientation. This session will dive into the ways religious teachings have negatively influenced communication, sensuality, pleasure, ideas of gender roles - everything that is the bedrock of solid relationships.
March | Give It Up, Turn It Loose: Understanding Lent
From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, the lenten season often greets us with commitments to give up certain foods and habits for 40 long days. But what if we treated it as a season not of temporary abstinence, but for giving over thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and people who no longer serve us? Join us as we discuss Lent from a new perspective.
May | Hot Girl Summer 101: Owning Our Sexuality
Hot Girl [Gender Neutral] Summer is upon us! After losing a season to COVID-19, this summer of indulgence is more necessary than ever! Join us for a candid discussion on God, sex, and pleasure as an act of worship. Note: this conversation will not encourage abstinence/celibacy for non-married people. We believe all sex and pleasure is holy.
June | Make Us Free: Celebrating Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Join us for an oral history of Juneteeth + learn new ways to celebrate the day with your family!
August | The Devil You Know: Unpacking Witchcraft
We're tackling all of your big questions about the occult, magick, ritual, and witchcraft in this session. This session will uncover magic and ritual in the scriptures and demystify native, indigenous practices that have been demonized by the church as sin and heresy. From tarot to spell work, this discussion is no-holds barred.
September | Is My Labor In Vain?: Black Wealth & Labor Inequality
Panel: The Unfit Christian Congregation Moderation Team
Live from the UCC Moderator Retreat, the Mod Squad will be tackling conversations around wealth building in the workplace and labor inequality at home. This seminar will cover ground on domestic labor in the home and the unique experience of Black women within it, financial labor in the workplace, and wealth building through real estate (home ownership and commercial).
October | Standing Between the Veil: Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and is held on November 1 and 2. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. Join us in our season closer as we discuss Black & Diasporic celebration of the day including building altars, making offerings, and preparing celebratory dishes.
Individual ticket prices are $25. Series Passes are $175. We also encourage those who can donate any amount towards a UCC ticket scholarship fund! Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.
10% of all proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice(IVRJ), an organization that builds and galvanizes an interfaith movement of progressive voices collectively working to construct new, progressive theological and ethical paradigms that affirm women’s moral capacity to make decisions that are in women’s own best interests, benefits their families, and contributes to the good of the broader community.
Eventbrite registrants will receive a Zoom link to the live digital gathering and replay links after each session. We look forward to having you!