Yom Kippur Breakout Groups

Wednesday, October 5
These sessions will be hosted in-person and streamed from the First Unitarian Church across the street from CRC.

1:00 pmShima Rostami of Gateway Human TraffickingYes, In Person and StreamedCRC Sanctuary
2:00 pmJD Mass,PsyD, author of Race for What?: A White Man’s Journey & Guide to Healing Racism from WithinOur age appears increasingly polarized, leaving many to ask- what might be done to further heal relations between black, white and brown people? Can we open our hearts, minds and souls, and ask ourselves just what exactly are we racing for?Yes, In Person and StreamedCRC Sanctuary
2:45pmGuided watercolor exercise led by Rabbi Karen BogardJoin Rabbi Karen for a 45 minute guided watercolor exercise capturing the themes of Yom Kippur and moving into a new year.  All supplies provided.No, in person onlyCRC Library
3:00pmJewish Responses to The Enduring Reality of Impermanence- Rabbi Dale Schreiber, CRC MemberRabbi Dale will share ancient Jewish coping responses to the paralyzing reality of life before there was a BIG PHARMA solution to anxiety, intractable pain, deep despair, and hopelessness. The Jewish story is more than lists of instructions. The Jewish story speaks to the history and nature of human existence, particularly when threatened.No, in person onlyFirst Unitarian Church- Fellowship Hall
3:00pmSpiritual Movement Workshop -Sarah Anne Patz, CRC memberIn this movement meditation we invoke caring, tending, and deep listening to the innate intelligence of our bodies. We will use the Authentic Movement form and draw on our personal Yom Kippur experience to illuminate our movement’s creative resource, psychological narrative, and spiritual practice.No, in person onlyFirst Unitarian Church- Chapel
3:15pmVoting Rights ChavurahThe CRC Voting Rights Chavurah will outline the three areas of their current work to defend the democratic process from legislative attack in Missouri, solicit your ideas on these subjects (destroying the initiative petition process, limiting access to and opportunities for voting in our elections and registering and encouraging voters) and what you might do to help in one or more of these areas.No, in person onlyFirst Unitarian- Sanctuary
Shima Rostami

Speaker Bios:

Shima Rostami is a Researcher and an Intern for SCCAT (St. Charles Outreach Coalition against HumanTrafficking). She is a doctoral student at Lindenwood University. She obtained her Masters in Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University and her Bachelors of Science in Islamic Jurisprudence and Law- Tehran, Iran.

JD Mass

Bio for JD Mass: Growing up within a black community, witnessing racism firsthand, activist JD Mass, PsyD, tells of his successes and missteps in building powerful alliances with melanated people.  JD’s parents chose to raise him in the only diverse community in St. Louis where he was able to witness and experience racism and cultural differences.  It sparked an inner desire to understand why we created such a world. JD has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, starting a tennis teaching organization with his college coach.  Shortly after graduating with a degree in finance, he played a pivotal role in structuring Nelly’s early business ventures, including Apple Bottoms Jeans and Derrty Entertainment. JD followed his time with Nelly by joining the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem to learn community building based on health, peace, and sharing. In 2017, JD achieved his doctorate in Organizational Psychology and became heavily involved in white antiracism groups in Los Angeles and later in St. Louis.  This work in anti-racism reflecting on what he learned throughout his journey inspired him to write “Race for What?”  A wise thinker and guide, JD dares white folks to stay the course to finally correct the harm of racism and help create a humane world.

Vaccination and Masking Requirements:
Vaccination is requested for attendance at all events.
We will not check vaccination status upon entry to the building.
Well fitting masks worn over the nose and mouth are required for all individuals in attendance for the duration of the service. For Children’s Services, all children over two years of age should be masked. Masks will be optional for those participating in pre- and post- service receptions where food and beverage are provided.

Parking will be off-site in nearby lots with shuttle service to and from CRC. Valet parking will also be available for those with mobility challenges. View updated parking information here.

Seating Policy
We urge members to arrive early to assure satisfactory seating. Although the saving of seats is discouraged, members may save up to four seats until 15 minutes before the scheduled start of services.

Childcare is not available for these breakout sessions.


Wed Oct 05 2022


1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Hybrid Event
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