I feel like a a wet blanket (or maybe, given the weather here, like a wet Northwest winter day) saying what I'm about to say, as all over America people brine their turkeys,...
Earth Month Events from Earth MinistryLast Updated on 2017-04-12 14:36:34
Earth Month Events:
· Learn about two exciting new resources at Earth Ministry’s Spring Gathering on April 8. We will be introducing a streamlined version of Earth Ministry's Greening Congregations Toolkit and explaining our new Colleague Connection program that will support the good work you are already doing in your community. All are welcome, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Earth Ministry is partnering with Seattle University to celebrate Interfaith Earth Day onThursday, April 20. This open house lunch-hour fair will feature live music, mindfulness meditation, and interfaith earth justice conversations in addition to Earth Ministry's Actions Center full of opportunity's to get involved... More »
Onward from Here: Combatting White Supremacy Within Unitarian UniversalismLast Updated on 2017-04-12 01:59:07Recent weeks have included important and necessary conversations within Unitarian Universalism about the ways white supremacy has and continues to show up within our faith tradition. We are neither unique nor absolved from doing the hard and urgent work within our faith community to transform into the spiritual home we aspire to.
Courageous leadership from women of color like Christina Rivera and Aisha Hauserhave brought us to an important next step on our journey. A time that mandates exploration, navigation and transformation to grapple with the ways white supremacy continues to be perpetuated by our institutions like the UUA. Black Lives of UU wrote a statement on UU & UUA power structures and hiring practices we highly recommend you review.
We know that wherever we are - geographically and politically - our congregations are navigating the waters of white supremacy. We have an... More »
Letter From UUA Leadership on Resignation of Rev. Peter Morales Last Updated on 2017-04-07 17:48:49March 30, 2017
Dear Unitarian Universalists,
We write this having learned from our President, the Rev. Peter Morales, his intention to resign from his leadership position in our faith. We honor him for his service to our Unitarian Universalist movement. We hope that his difficult decision will open a new way for the work of racial justice in our own house.
We want to apologize for the way our leadership at the UUA has fallen far short in building the diverse Associational office that the core values of our faith demand. In addition, we understand that our responses and silence in response to recent public statements have layered harm upon harm.
We take very seriously the question of how our policies, practices, leadership and culture systematically center and advantage white people within Unitarian Universalism. We acknowledge that it is past time for us to examine more deeply than... More »
What Does it Mean to “Bear Witness” as Part of our Spiritual Practice? Last Updated on 2017-03-19 03:21:30
UU College of Social Justice Study Guide
To bear witness to the large injustices of our world means allowing ourselves the time to see with clarity, to seek a larger vision. We take to heart the paradoxical Buddhist instruction: “Don’t just do something, sit there!”
This reversal of our normal urge to leap into action reminds us that sometimes the leap is one of avoidance. To leap into “fix-it” mode is often a way to deny the intense discomfort of being face to face with the pain of injustice, caused by systems and institutions that are vast and complex.
The first step in seeing with clarity is to allow ourselves to feel the whole range of emotion we encounter: sadness, regret, guilt, confusion, compassion, and grief. The willingness to stay present to the pain and to resist the fix-it mode allows us then to bear witness in another way. It lets... More »
Act Globally Winter 2017 - Engaging with Global Unitarian Universalism in ActionLast Updated on 2017-02-28 20:16:49
Activism and Theology were made for each other. Today, Faithful #Resistance is so urgent, and so too is the need for theological reflection - as a source of both power and resilience.
· Power- because clarity about our deepest values and commitments, their sources and their pathways, fills us with confidence that the ground we stand on is solid and makes us yet more reliable in the movements we join.
· Resilience - because the struggle is long, with moments of success and excitement countered by losses, injuries, and despair. Theological reflection will hold us steady in times of fear and pain, ever reminding us why the struggle matters and how the long arc of history is bending towards greater justice when that is hard to... More »
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