Sermon: Social Justice as the First Principle in ActionLast Updated on 2014-08-13 15:51:16Rachel Lewis delivered this sermon July 27, 2014 at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church.
While preparing to speak to you today, I found myself going back to the foundations of what justice work is and what it means for us as Unitarian Universalists. I think that in the context of our church, we often think of committee work, organized actions to change policy, and other service projects and congregational events, but generally social justice is approached as a question of what we are doing and not as a spiritual calling. In past talks on the topic, a definition has been offered that justice is the righting of wrongs. While I think that is part of it, I would challenge each of us to think of justice more generally as right action, whether there is a wrong to correct or not. It is the continuous, pro-active pursuit of right relations with all people and right action in all... More »
Giving is the Easy Part: A sermon distinguishing humanist aid from humanitarian aidLast Updated on 2014-08-05 22:27:42Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Emma Rockenbeck. I have been a part of this community since before I was born, and it is with great joy that I return here to share the stories of my travels. Before I get started, however, I would like to thank all of the fathers who were able to make it here today, and wish them a happy fathers day. My own Dad is in Victoria, BC, ocean kayaking and drinking high tea with my Mom.
I have been gone quite a while. This year I participated in the Thinking Beyond Borders Global Gap Year. I cannot share all of my adventures with you today, but I would love to find the time to talk to each of you more about my experiences. This morning, I want to share with you an important life lesson I learned, and how I came to my understanding of it.
I was born an activist. Getting angry at the injustices in the world and wanting to fix... More »
Training to help you use the NetworkLast Updated on 2014-07-07 13:33:19Reserve you space today for a Network Training
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NWuuJN Website 202: Advanced Posting (links, images, downloads, etc.); Self-Publishing and Approving others' postings.
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Bring your questions, ideas, colleagues and a desire to both learn and... More »
Faith Development for All Ages: Consider a Monthly Justice SundayLast Updated on 2014-06-21 13:21:15For UU faith leaders summer is a time of renewal and planning for the coming year. If you're looking for ways to bring all of your congregation together across ages or put more practice in your faith development, working across the age barriers on one project is a great way to bring the whole congregation together.
You can have one focus for the year or a different project each month. For two years at the congregation I served in Columbus, OH we tied our projects to the Harry Potter Alliance ("The only weapon we have is love.") That really drew in the preteens through young adults. Of course, involving your justice and education committees in planning is key.
Your format depends on the shape of your Sundays. You could work on projects and presentations during Sunday School and come together after worship as a whole community to do more. This can lead naturally to the... More »
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