“The Divided States of America” is Subject of May 9 Virtual Unitarian Service

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Jamestown Community College Professor of Political Science Dr. Greg Rabb is the speaker for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s virtual service on Sunday, May 9.
Jamestown Community College Professor of Political Science Dr. Greg Rabb is the speaker for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s virtual service on Sunday, May 9.

Dr. Greg Rabb, Jamestown Community College (JCC) professor of political science, is speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) virtual service on Sunday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. His subject is “The Divided States of America.”

Rabb notes that since even before its coming into being in the 18th century the “United States” was divided as a textbook example of a
colonial-settler society, it is more aptly described as the “Divided States.” The history of the “US” is one of managing the divide and not attempting to heal it: conflict management rather than conflict resolution. “My talk will be from the perspective as what the SUNY
Chancellor once described me as a ‘praca-demic’: close to 40 years of college teaching at JCC and numerous other colleges as an adjunct as well as over 25 years of Advanced Placement work training teachers across this country to teach AP US Government and Politics, combined with a lifetime of government service and political activism.”

A professor of political science at JCC, Rabb is also a national mentor and consultant to the College Board for the teaching of Advanced Placement (AP) in Government and Politics and an adjunct lecturer in political science at Buffalo State College. He has been president and councilman at large of the Jamestown City Council 2008-2017, a City of Jamestown marriage officer since 2011, and delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention from New York U.S. House District 27.

Rabb has received numerous awards for his dedication and advocacy for social justice and human rights, including the Sarah G. Metzger Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
in Teaching, the UUCJ’s T. Richard Parker Memorial Award for Social Justice, Jamestown Community College Faculty Award for Excellence, EMBRACE WNY Award, and multiple fellowships. Rabb did his undergraduate work at Canisius College, received an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Because of COVID-19 limitations, UUCJ Sunday services are currently virtual instead of at its 1255 Prendergast Avenue location. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link goes out as part of “This Week at UUCJ” on Friday afternoon, but you can request to join until the start of the service on Sunday.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.

You can learn more about the UUCJ at jamestownuu.org or on their Facebook page, facebook.com/jamestownuu.