March for Environmental Justice on 9/21

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 18th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Join Thousands in NYC, and Many More Around the World The Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund, as part of its role as a leading force in Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), will be in the People’s March for Climate Change this weekend in New York City, with the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and more than 15 (and counting) other Unitarian Universalist (UU) affiliated organization or congregations. Learn more about the UUCEF   Read the statement from UUA President Peter Morales Read the previous post on UU action in support of Climate Justice and the People’s Climate March Read dispatches from the UU People’s Climate Train in UU World Find out who is partnering with…

Stop! Before Buying a Shiny New Gadget: Read This

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 15th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

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Consumer – Or Principled Consumer, Who Do You Want to Be? With the shiny new iPhone 6 just around the corner and that fancy Apple Watch that Jimmy Kimmel was able to convince passersby was the same as a $20 Casio watch – remember, smartphones aren’t just shiny they’re deadly. Your smartphone is one of the most dangerous things on the planet. No, not because it might explode at your ear if you use it while charging, nor because you can pop a piece of popcorn if you point enough phones at it and make them ring simultaneously. Those stories are just new urban myths. Your smartphone is one of the most dangerous things on…

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…

Change the Climate for the Better

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 12th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends // one comment

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And Change it for Good Although the effect of human activity on the climate is accepted (by most people), governments have thus far failed to address the problem collectively on a global scale with effective solutions that undo the damage done to the environment or the consequential injustices it has creates across the world. Arresting climate change can only be successfully addressed by the world community, and the United Nations (UN) has for several years tried to create that consensus. This September the UN will try again, hosting the Catalyzing Action Climate Summit 2014, at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from hundreds of member states will be present, but this summit will be…

A More Inclusive St. Patrick’s Parade on the Way

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 4th 2014 // Contact Us, Issues and Trends // no comments

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LGBTQ Marchers Welcomed to Fly Their Flag at Iconic Parade Organizers of the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade have reversed their longstanding opposition to marchers carrying banners identifying them as members of the LGBTQ community. The new more inclusive policy reflects the evolution of public opinion and government policy on the matter, but is also the result of years of pressure exerted on the parade organizers that included local politicians refusing to participate, the defection of the parade’s primary sponsor and the threat by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) to stop broadcasting the parade if the exclusionaly policy was not changed. Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association works to promote acceptance, inclusion,…

UUA Statement on the Events in Ferguson, Mo.

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the continued violence in Ferguson, MO: “The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do? Ferguson, MO In the short-term, we must add our voices to those who seek an end to the violence and chaos. We must stand in solidarity with those who seek justice. This is a time to be steady, calm, resolute, and determined. It is also a time for…

Social Justice Saves

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 20th 2014 // Stories and Voices // one comment

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One Congregation – 3 Social Justice Ministries   The power of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (Ohio) Social Justice Ministry on Immigration, Food Justice and LGBTQ Rights and Welcoming Congregation is literally lifesaving – as attested to by this excerpt from story on the Akron Beacon Journal:       I did not want to come to this church — a lot of the people who were giving me a hard time were using religion as the reason they couldn’t accept me,” Joan said. “When we walked in, it happened to be the Sunday when the service focused on outreach to the [LGBT] community. The rainbow flag was on the stage. Rabbi [David] Horowitz…

Spreading SALT Coast to Coast!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults // one comment

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Spiritual Activism Leadership Training Comes to Massachusetts The Spiritual Activist Leadership Training program (SALT) was pioneered by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California, now the UU Justice Ministry of California. They began in 2011 and have had two separate cohorts of young adults complete the program. These young adults spent a year participating in regular “Justice Plunges” and spiritual reflection that supported them in deepening their understanding of justice issues in California, developing their faith-based leadership and organizing skills, strengthening their spiritual lives, and connecting with justice makers across the state for mutual mentoring. You can read about the first cohort to graduate from the SALT program in this post from 2012. We are excited to announce that…

Economic Risk Greater for Minorities

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 31st 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

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Economic Justice is for Everyone Jamelle Bouie explains the relationship between home ownership, poverty and risk, noting that the recession of 2008-2009 obliterated fully 31% of wealth and 28% of home-equity among blacks in America.   Read the full text of “The Crisis in Black Homeownership, How the recession turned owners into renters and obliterated black American wealth” by Jamelle Bouie on Slate.   Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Economic Justice  

Massachusetts – Immigration Mayhem!

Written by admin // July 30th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Controversy Breaks out at the Mass. State House Surrounding Immigrant Minors By Olivia McCormack and Chloe Ockey As a part of our Youth Justice Training in Boston, offered by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), one of the requirements was to intern at a social justice organization. In our case, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Our UUA liason (Susan Leslie) took us to the Massachusetts State House to view and observe the photo exhibit later mentioned in this post.   An estimated 57,000 minors from Central America have flooded across the border from Mexico to the U.S. in recent months, and gang leaders are reportedly filling their ranks from among them. Transnational gangs…