In the Space Between Spirit and Letter of the Law

Written by kennywiley // September 15th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Kenny Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker, CO, reflects on how the legal reforms of the Civil Rights Act have – and have not – changed American culture, and how Black Americans have had to adapt to change still not made in this post originally appearing in his blog, “A Full Day“. We welcome Kenny as a regular contributor to the Blue Boat! – Ed. How Long is 50 Years? My Civil Rights Trip Through the South June 24, 2014 Kenny Wiley “Darnell! It’s so good to see you, honey. Give me a hug.” My plate of collared greens, cornbread and two kinds of casserole still minutes away, I had…

Opening Our Closets

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 3rd 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Why Wait for Spring to let the light shine? Ash Bechkam reminds us that we all keep truths about ourselves hidden away from others, and that learning to liberate oneself from the fear of those truths being exposed is a key for living authentically, in direct communication with others and without apology for living our truth. Why it matters? Because to Let Love Reach Out, it is good to reach in with love, too. Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) strongly support the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” – it’s the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism (read all 7 Principles). The Seven Principles informs the work the UUA on issues…

Bias Through Association

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 20th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments

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Implicit Association Tests Reveal Unconscious Biases “It may not be surprising to learn that most people in the United States — 80 percent of whites — harbor a pro-white bias. Perhaps more surprising is that a large minority of blacks — 40 percent — hold a pro-white bias.” (From The Bay State Banner). Researchers at Harvard University‘s Project Implicit have have found that biases come from implicit associations we all hold, and that even when we are intentional in our relations with others our attitudes and behavior are driven by un- or subconcious ideas and associations we hold. Not surprisingly, some classes of people benefit from these biases, whereas others are penalized. (Read how Project…

Reaching Out by Calling In

Written by Jeremie Bateman // February 14th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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Day 28: Making the Middle Way Together I was a relatively new employee at the UUA when the Standing on the Side of Love campaign was launched. Over the last 5+ years, I’ve had the opportunity to see the it grow and change and reach out in ways I don’t think people could have imagined. When watching news coverage of rallies and events, I sometimes play “spot the yellow shirt.” Try it some time – it happens more often than you might think. On this fifth annual Standing on the Side of Love Day, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on what I’ve seen and today’s post over at the SSL blog brought something…

The Seeger Saga Continues

Written by Carey McDonald // January 31st 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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The passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger has offered a chance to revisit the themes the 1950’s and ‘60’s when Seeger made his mark on American culture. Practically every news outlet (including this blog!) has paid homage to this remarkable man, and I’ve heard of dozens of UU congregations who are planning to use Seeger in their services. But more than how we honor one man’s legacy, the discussion of Seeger’s passing is a microcosm of cultural and generational perspectives. For lots of us, especially those who identify strongly with the protest ethos of the ‘60’s era counterculture, this is truly a time of personal grief. Seeger’s life was interwoven with Unitarian Universalism, his…

Prisms

Written by Jeremie Bateman // January 31st 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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DAY 14: Interfaith Perspective For me, stories are an absolutely essential part of my faith. As has come up each year during 30 Days of Love, I grew up Roman Catholic and spent much of my high school and college years around Franciscans. When I think about stories that have impact for me, many of them are stories of Francis of Assisi. The story of Francis embracing a leper – who he had previously ignored, avoided and had been taught to despise – reminds me to push past the cultural messages, personal fears and other barriers that keep me from recognizing the worth of each person and acting on the recognition. The story of Francis…

Privileged to Be Here

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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Where inequality exists dialog is hard.   We re-post an excerpt of this opinion piece by Francie Latour on the work of the comedian louis C.K. addressing White Privilege.   Some Can Laugh Point of View by Francie Latour   Wise guy – Wrapped in louis C.K.’s stand-up material are powerful insights on race.     About 27 minutes into “Chewed Up,” his 2008 special recorded at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, the stand-up comic Louis C.K. starts apologizing for being so negative. After all, he admits, he’s got a lot going for him. “I’m healthy, I’m relatively young, I’m white — which, thank God for that [expletive], boy,” he says, in one of his classic bits on…

Questionable Reflections

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 1st 2013 // Issues and Trends, Thanksgivukkah // no comments

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Humor about Identity… Oil in Water or Watery Wine? Even when acting with intention to be respectful of the many ways in which we are different, we also love to laugh (in fact laughter is considered as being essential to good health). Unfortunately, humor is complex, different for everybody and often at least a little offensive to be effective. In the  “documentary series” Funny Business, Rowan Atkinson claims that people can be funny in three ways: by behaving in an unusual way, being in an unusual place, or being the wrong size.[*] We’ve collected some example of Thanksgivukkah humor that tries to straddle the line between tastefully offensive and just not okay. Watch, read, laugh,…

Remembering to End the Repetition

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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11/20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20 annually) is an important part of the life of transgender communities around the world. It is also increasingly being recognized by allies in LGBT organizations, faith communities, and other fields. Transgender.org has verified and listed 68 Transgender murders committed since November 21, 2012. A remembrance of these lives lost will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.   How to Observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance: Resources from Standing on the Side of Love of the UUA. Find a Transgender Day of Remembrance event near you. Transgender Day of Remembrance FAQ and observance guide. (From the Transfaith website) This toolkit is intended to…

Sharing and Working it Together for All

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 22nd 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // one comment

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Multicultural Ministries 2013 Sharing Project This groundbreaking project is designed to solicit input from Unitarian Universalists (UUs) (whether or not they are part of a congregation) historically marginalized by ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, and/or ethnicity about their unique experiences and ministry needs within Unitarian Universalism.     If you identify as – ·         Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or otherwise have a sexual orientation or gender identity/expression that doesn’t conform to cultural norms ·         A person of color, a multiracial/multiethnic person, and/or someone with racial/ethnic/cultural heritages are marginalized today ·         A person whose visual, hearing, mobility, psychiatric, intellectual, and/or other physical abilities (including chemical sensitivity and food allergies) make it difficult to participate fully…