Unitarian Universalists (UUs) affirm and promote seven principles:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
When you engage with a UU who is working for justice, you will find these principles expressed in both word and action. That is who we are.
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Support farmworkers and other low-wage workers in the greater Portland areaLast Updated on 2016-02-13 12:51:03Join UUs from West Hills, First Unitarian and the UU Community Church of Washington County in supporting farmworkers and other low-wage workers in the greater Portland area.
Every Friday, from 9 am to 1pm, help with the Benefit Advocacy Sessions for low-wage workers who are members of Western Farm Workers Association and are having trouble making ends meet or understanding financial transactions. The Volunteer takes on a case and finds solutions for problems such as rental agreement negotiations, medical bill advocacy, reading and understanding of notifications, etc. Sometimes it is as simple as making a phone call or an appointment by an English speaking person and getting the correct information. To volunteer, please contact Leecia at WFWA 503- 681- 9399 between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm any day to schedule your time. Western FarmWorkers Association, 725 SE 7th Ave, Hillsboro,... More »
Theology and Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2016-02-13 12:49:38
Before the Healthy Climate Bill Rally in Salem, Oregon on Feb 3, 2016,Rev. Marilyn Sewell, Minister Emeritus at First Unitarian Church of Portland, preached at the Prayer into Action Interfaith Service. After hearing her, people kept asking me, "Can you get a copy of her remarks!" Well, even better, click below and you can hear her again, (or for the first time, if you weren't able to be there). A must watch for UU climate change activists.
Rev. Katie Larsell
Link to video of Tim DeChristopher's recent talk at UUC on climate justice and the Delta 5 trialLast Updated on 2016-01-19 23:17:15Tim DeChristopher gave a talk at University Unitarian Church in Seattle on Saturday, January 16, 2015, on "The Power of Civil Disobedience: Awakening Our Spirits to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis." Topics included the recent Delta 5 civil disobedience trial, the necessity defense for civil disobedience, the spiritual dimensions of the climate justice movement and of civil disobedience, jury nullification, and related topics in the climate justice movement. You can watch a video of his talk, followed by the complete question and answer session, at the following link:
Tim DeChristopher is the young climate activist who went to federal prison for 21 months for bidding and winning fossil fuel mining rights that he was unable to pay for at a federal auction even though the auction turned out later to be... More »
Uncertainty and Solidarity: Reflections on Shutting it Down with Black Lives MatterLast Updated on 2016-01-08 22:08:42I was there last Wednesday, at the Black Lives Matter protests at the Mall of America, at the airport, and on the light rail.
I was there last Wednesday with my 12 and 7-year-old daughters.
I was there because we were there a year ago—our first visit to the mall with 3,000 of our closest friends. As my older daughter pointed out when I was wavering on my decision to go, “It’s our holiday tradition, Dad! On Thanksgiving we protest Walmart. At Christmas, we go to the mall with Black Lives Matter!”
And, I was there because in this season of Christmas, I believe that there is almost nothing that is more in the spirit of the man whose birth Christmas celebrates, than standing for justice with people at the margins who are fighting for their freedom.
It was the most Christian thing I could think to do and I’m not even Christian (though as a seminary student,... More »
Amid heated rhetoric, choose love over fearLast Updated on 2015-12-16 22:29:05Originally published December 13, 2015 in the Seattle Times.
In this time of heated rhetoric, political posturing and heartbreaking violence, we have choices [“Trump’s call for ban pushes GOP toward chaos,” Page One, Dec. 9].
We can succumb to fear. We can build walls, fences and make policies that protect us from the outside, from those who are different from us. We can raise our voices and shout, “Keep out! I’m afraid.” But the real cost of a defense built out of fear is not in dollars or even in lost opportunity to expand our diversity; it is in the callousness, cynicism and hatred with which we embalm our hearts.
The other choice is one of love and generosity of spirit. It is the opposite of scarcity and fear. Love says our hearts have the capacity to be challenged, to risk being welcoming and to dare to live in a world filled with people who... More »
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