Social Justice

Issues of Social Justice

  • LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition

    by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gender creative and sexually non-conforming youth and teens–all those who are queer, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and a hundred other wonderful self-proclaimed identities, My heart breaks for you. This is not the future I wanted for you. This is not the future I have been fighting for. But I also know you are strong and I want you to have the information you need to survive. Because I need you to survive! I haven’t seen a “this shit is real” missive to you yet, so here’s what I’ve got. I don’t think it’s helpful to sugar coat this. Yes, you and…

  • How Your Youth Group Can Support Standing Rock

    by Jaidyn Bryant and the 2017 General Assembly Youth Caucus Staff   So, Trump was elected president. Black, Latinx, Muslim, Native, LGBTQ communities are under continued attacks. What does that mean for Standing Rock? It means that the threat to Native sovereignty will continue. That degradation of our environment will escalate. Trump and many people in his cabinet will personally profit (because of their investments) if the Dakota Access Pipeline is successful. The Dakota Access Pipeline puts the already polluted Missouri River at a major risk for for even more pollution. In an effort to transport oil 1,200 miles east from North Dakota to central Illinois, the DAPL will disturb sacred lands and burial grounds,…

  • For Dealing With the Again and Again and Again

    again.  it happened again on Monday, news spreading on social media today. this time he was a therapist trying to help his autistic patient.  this time the “gun” was a toy truck.  this time he survived the shooting. again. beloveds it is all too much and has been too much.  it was too much when George Zimmerman was acquitted of Trayvon Martin’s murder and the #blacklivesmatter hashtag came into being. it’s been hundreds of years of again and again and too much. so if you need something today, something to deal with the again, here are a few offerings, gathered with love. for those who need to just stay with the pain for now, here is “a…

  • Fiercely UU: Sitting in for Democracy

    Fiercely UU is a blog series where Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. – Ed.  Our Fifth Principle and Sitting in for Democracy by Laura Williamson Last month I sat on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with 300 others singing, chanting, and eventually being arrested, to send a message to Congress: amend the Constitution to get big money out of politics and restore the right…

  • Hallowed Growth in NOLA

    New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey bees housed in hives on the lot buzz by, and a bench constructed between cinder blocks doubles as a flower planter. Inside a modest greenhouse, a hodgepodge of reclaimed bathtubs support an aquaculture, growing fish and fertilizing plants symbiotically. David Young, the man behind this and many other community gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward, is taking me and seventeen other Juniata College students on a tour. Spending our spring break in New Orleans for a week of interfaith service and learning, we have just finished our first day of…

Issues of Social Justice

Eliot Unitarian Chapel Helps Youth Wake Up to Race

February 10th 2016, one comment

In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Colleen Lee speaks up ab...

We Can’t Keep Our Children Safe

November 25th 2015, no comments

Fear, safety, protests, and supporting the movement for Black lives When my daughter Moira was born ...

Reflections in Shade of the US-Mexico Border Wall

September 28th 2015, no comments

“What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?” ...

Whiteness and Apocalypse

August 28th 2015, one comment

By guest blogger Amelia Diehl . -ed I am so grateful to have been able to attend the Unitarian Unive...

Spiritual Practices For White Discomfort

August 17th 2015, 25 comments

So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about th...

We Show Up for Justice in Different Ways

August 13th 2015, no comments

August 9th, 2015 marks the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s extra-judicial killing in Ferguso...