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"Eco-Womanism: At the Intersection of Courage and Faith" with The Rev. Dr....

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First Unitarian Church of Oakland

685 14th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

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What is Symposium?

A tradition founded by former SKSM Provost Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé (1952-2016), Symposium is an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff, trustees, and community members. This “urban retreat” serves as a day of study, dialogue, food, art, music, community-building, service, and celebration of the Spirit of Life, as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.


Our Honored Teacher

This year we are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Melanie L. Harris!

Dr. Harris is American Council of Education Fellow at the University of Denver and Founding Director of African American and Africana Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. She is the first African American woman to earn the rank of Full Professor at TCU. Dr. Harris is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, including Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics and Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths. She teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Theology, Inclusive Excellence, and Environmental Justice.


An explanation of our Sliding Scale Fees (source: Hadassah Damien's work at ridefreefearlessmoney.com)

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • receive public assistance
  • have immigration-related expenses
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • are an unpaid community organizer
  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part time by choice
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.

The sliding scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While we ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right.

For students who wish to attend but are not taking for academic credit please follow the sliding scale fee for the general public.

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