Witnessing the Reality of Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Reproductive Justice Tour Daily Blog: Day 4 After a hiatus, we continue our reporting of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations Reproductive Justice learning trip, held the week of June 16–21. –Ed. Reflection from Thursday’s Trip to Cleveland Our day started off with a bang! Following a 2-hour drive to Cleveland and lots of coffee, we arrived at Preterm, Ohio’s only non-profit abortion clinic. Preterm is a clinic that focuses on holistic care for women- meaning medical care alongside psychological and spiritual care. We heard from one of the women who works there as a patient advocate. She talked about the scope of what Preterm provides and some on the…

Youthful Leader

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 9th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Learn about Robert Jensen, graduate of the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary Class of 2013, from the selected excerpts of this profile piece by Aliyah Mohammed of the Fremont Bulletin  from the Mercury News. – Ed. Unitarian Universalist Present and Future “Washington High graduate hopes to combine passion for social justice and faith” The word “passionate” encapsulates recent Washington High School graduate Robert Jensen in a nutshell. When he speaks about his faith, about social work and the good he hopes to do in the world, his energized words come at such fast speeds that it seems like he is speaking in energized bursts… In his freshman year, Jensen, 18, got involved with the Gay Straight…

Showing + Sustaining Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 20th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Reproductive Justice Tour Daily Blog: Day 2 and 3 Love Reaches Out in many ways, and during the week of June 16–21 Blue Boat invites you to join high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations on their Justice Trip learning about Reproductive Justice. –Ed. This is us breaking off into groups to brainstorm ideas for our video project. *** As of today, we’ve listened to an astounding array of stories from a variety of different people. We’ve heard about more and more ways in which peoples’ lives have been affected by reproductive justice or a lack thereof. This may just be my own opinion, but it seems to…

Our Vision for Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 19th 2014 // Social Justice, youth // one comment

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Reproductive Justice Daily Blog: Day 1 Love Reaches Out in many ways, and during the week of June 16–21 Blue Boat invites you to join high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations on their Justice Trip learning about Reproductive Justice. –Ed. Our Vision for Reproductive Justice Abortion access for all Safe communities Comprehensive sex education for everyone No gender binary Easy access to resources End rape culture    Right to identify yourself as you see fit How do we get there? Raise awareness (protest) Engage decision makers Build awareness with youth in schools, on social media Build the next generation Petitioning Find places of influence (press) Target audience…

Love Reaches Out Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 16th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Current Theme, Ageless Idea Faith experience in America is changing, and the theme of General Assembly 2014 (GA), “Love Reaches Out”, responds to current studies of faith in America showing a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives, and for many that includes intentionally dismantling barriers of disenfranchisement or embracing the excluded. Love Reaches Out recognizes the activist potential of religious belief. At GA Love Reaches Out will invigorate the beliefs of Unitarian Universalist faith as vehicle spiritual fulfillment and social justice. The history of Unitarian Universalism as a force for good,…

Reproductive Justice Trip Daily Blog

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 15th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Love Reaches Out in many ways, and during the week of June 16–21 Blue Boat invites you to join high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations on their Justice Trip learning about Reproductive Justice. –Ed. Greetings from Columbus, Ohio! And WELCOME to our Reproductive Justice Trip Daily Blog! Over the course of a week in June, the high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations will be learning about reproductive justice right here in our home state of Ohio. We will be hearing from local activists, learning about what exactly reproductive justice is, and collecting personal stories from people in our community…

Transcend Boundaries with Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 11th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA, UUA // no comments

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Post Your Answer > Spread the Meme Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Standing on the Side of Love and support the theme of General Assembly 2014, “Reach Out in Love”, click on the image to answer any of these questions: How do you reach out in love? Who do you stand on the side of love with? What is your faith on fire for?   Your response will be collected on the tumblr site “onthesideoflove.tumblr.com“, available for all to see, and for everyone to understand what is possible when we “harness the power of love to fight oppression in the world”.    

Economic Discrimination Starts at Home

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 9th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Mass Incarceration, Housing Discrimination  and Poverty are Linked Jamelle Bouie explains how systematic economic discrimination designed to deprive minorities the possibility of creating wealth through home ownership in the United States creates neighborhoods mired in poverty and unemployment. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Economic Justice The Unitarian Universalist Association rejects Racial Injustice The Unitarian Universalist Association believes in Social Justice Better understand the roots of Mass Incarceration and the racial dynamics of poverty by reading “How We Built the Ghettos” on The Daily Beast.

Infuse the Ether with Your Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 3rd 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Unbounded Love Standing in the Side of the Love (SSL), the interfaith public advocacy campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), celebrates 5 years of community activism, social networking and media outreach, equipping people across the nation to counter fear and make love real in the world at General Assembly (GA) in Providence. Whether you will be there or not, we want you to be a part of this celebration of harnessing love’s power to stop oppression – here’s how! Add your love note now to the collection we are making at SSL with our handy form by clicking here. Your note will be shared at GA and on social media for all the world…

This Rising Tide May Just Wash Us Away

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 28th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Scientists Confirm Inevitable Sea-Level Rise Like the tip of the fabled iceberg, the now confirmed inevitable rise of sea-level over the coming years hides social injustice that the Unitarian Universalist Association labors to undo. Just follow the causal chain to understand what rising sea-level means, then find out what the UUA is doing about it and join in. Use this interactive slider to see what sea-level rise looks like. The UUA Promotes Environmental Justice The UUA Fights for Economic Justice The UUA Establishes Immigration Justice The UUA Works to Build Peace in the World UUA Statements for Social Justice   Learn more about the effects of global warming and climate change: Visit – Climate Central…