Action Items and Notes
Initial (3/8/10) Brainstorm for Connecting Regional UUs for Social Justice Issues.
Sorted ideas from our Brainstorm:
· Connecting people with a common interest in shared action and impact.
· When I take a stand, I not only take a stand as who I am, but also as who I am as UU.
· Easy, effective ways to connect UUs with each other who know/want help and those who want to know/want to engage.
· Create visibility for UU – UUs sponsoring – want to see our names out there; banners and such. So people connect UUs with Peace and Justice, human rights, sustainability, blast our names.
· UUs (including newcomers) can connect to and support UU action locally.
· Collaboration across congregations.
· Have our mission visible.
· New (and old members) living their religion in all there SJ work.
· A visible presence of UUs in action.
· Not just us but everyone.
· Being UUs in integrated action together in our local and regional communities.
· At Eastshore, they have such a large number of people that they can do everything within their own congregation, but a smaller congregation is just too small.
· People who want to engage aren’t hearing about events/issues.
· Folks who might naturally support/work together, don’t find each other, except by chance.
· Folks who know don’t have an easy way to inform those who don’t.
· Good ideas and good projects don’t spread.
· Lots of untapped potential!
· Folks feel limited (as well as burdened) by the focus of their own congregations’ SJ work.
· New folks who want to get involved as UUs in the community don’t know where to begin.
· New folks who want to know more about being a UU only have their congregation and UU World.
· We work as individuals who also are UUs rather than feeling like we are working as UUs.
· Those w/ knowledge or events that could make a difference don’t have an easy effective way to reach other UUs.
· Right now people don’t find each other.
· Sometimes congregational action is difficult; there are splits within congregations regarding what the best thing to do might be. Connecting across UU congregations would provide a way for UUs to support each other.
WHAT might help:
· Each congregation lists key people and their passions, then folks could connect.
· A collective or consortium
· A clearinghouse.
· Take a stand as a UU for an issue.
· A Listserve – Oh… then revitalize the existing PNWD Social Justice Listserve.
· We can put on events together. Central news/information sources.
· Web-based clearinghouse and event registry
· Web information and dissemination sites.
· When we send out our flyers/newsletters, we link to that information on a common website that includes other related events/info.
· Biannual fairs/events
· Tables at PNWD
· If we work together we can become very visible.
· We can put on events together.
· We could use and promote a Process that clarifies projects and leads to success - Eastshore’s project sheet and minimum requirements (5 committed people)
· Use PNWD to make sure we are reaching all congregations/UUs.
· At UUA – Congregation for a wide fellowship, there is a social justice training workshops thing, maybe could be adapted for districts,
· Local/regional actions/UU events
WHO might help or have info to help:
· PNWD for lists of congregation and more (their focuson “congregation only” would need to be worked around)
· Church of the larger fellowship helps people in outlying areas – how do they do it??? Check out the WEB. Use Church of the Wider Fellowship for connecting ideas and resources (web?)
· Talk to the Quakers and others… what works for them.. They have a longtime dedication to peace..
· Also… want to connect with other folks for other issues e.g., other organizations…… would want
· Washington UU voices for justice at the state level.
· UUs for Just economic community (national level)
· Individual churches can help… Ministers’ can promote it.
· Jacko tenHove (on Bainbridge, WA) is an example of seeding the ministries. (Barbara will)
· Membership Committees – new folks getting connected.
· Dan is from Oregon (Ashland) – he will bring others’ from Oregon next time.
· We need to reach everyone at some point.
· You can accomplish a lot in an area if you get a critical mass of people together. However… sustainability is an issue. Have to narrow down to what you are capable of doing.
· It’s easier to work with people you know; how do we make it easy to work when you haven’t met face to face? This is where congregations do have an advantage.
· Not everyone has easy access to computers/internet.
· Privacy issues for folks participating on the Internet (home numbers, etc)
· Need to address how we can make sure those not in Puget Sound area get connected, too.
· The PNWD and UUA focus on congregations (e.g., congregational polity and congregation oriented connections/service). The current structure limits the vitality of our movement; there is an as yet untapped potential in just being UUs in action in the community together…. Integrated action. Community based ministries believe/use this, maybe that gives us a lever. UUs need to change how we do things if we become a larger movement.
Beginnings of a plan:
· We could use and promote a Process that clarifies projects and leads to success - Eastshore’s project sheet and minimum requirements (5 committed people).
· This meeting over the phone is what we can do, right now; but we could think about SKYPE so we can see each other.
· Continue this conversation – Make this call regular.
· Get a few ideas going (perhaps from these below, that we discussed)
o a mock-up of a multi-user, multi-topic, easy to use website
o revitalize PNWD listerve for social justice.
o registry of folks interests and contact info
– then advertise an event to talk about connecting… show folks how to use it. Set up home stays, if needed.
· Gathering of social justice minds in an event/retreat (Edmonds would like to organize/host), to connect, meet face to face, advocate, advertise, trade info and interests and support. (Like PNWD Religious Education used to do.) Include…
o How we might connect
o What we are up to.
Quick (incomplete) list of issues that folks could connect around
· Ethical eating
· Tax equity
· Clean elections (public financing)
· Financial regulation/Wall street
· Equal marriage
· Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
· Education pre enlistment
· Veterans advocacy
· Empower young people to be talking w/ one another
· Youth presence
· Death w dignity
· Death penalty
· Climate justice
· Committees of Conscience
· Social justice
· Social concerns
Who we are:
· Dick Burkhart – (Rainier Valley UU congregation) – near Seattle
· Cindy Creager (Edmonds UU) – near Seattle
· Daniel Guy - Rogue Valley, in Oregon,
· D. D. Hilke (Woodinville UU) – near Seattle
· John Hilke (Woodinville UU) – near Seattle
· Barbara Powers (Edmonds UU) – near Seattle
· Doug Mackey –(Olympia Unitarian congregation
· Join us Monday, April 5 at 9:05 pm – Dial 1-218-844-3366; pass code 887#
· Discuss our ideas with folks/orgs you know; bring ideas (and people) to the group as appropriate.
· Discuss this idea with other folks from Oregon.In Process
· Bring some new (Oregon) folks to the group.In Process
D. D. Hilke:
· Send out group list and contact info. DONE
· Send out notes for 3/08/10 call. DONE
· Send out subscribe info to group for PNWD Social Justice Listserve. DONE
· Send notice of our work to PNWD Social Justice Listserve. DONE
· Develop a mockup website for connection and invite review by group. (Doug to help) In Process
· Send out information to folks re:
o Memorial to Life DONE
o Afghan Youth for Peace event. DONE
· Assist DD with Website mockup.
· Discuss idea with Jacko Tenhov; how can ministers support this effort. In Process
(Previously titled 2010-03-08 Minutes - Social Action Organizing Call)