Want to Make Some Justice This Summer?

Written by Bart Frost // May 26th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments

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Here is a Chance to Do It! A message from Garner Takahashi Morris of the UU Justice Ministry of California: Hi Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California‘s Walking the Walk Leadership Retreat is Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at beautiful Camp DeBenneville Pines in Southern California.   YOU CAN ATTEND FOR FREE! We are looking for several people who are interested in facilitating justice-centered programming for children and youth over the course of the week.  Your room and board will be covered; this is not a paid position. GOT A GOOD IDEA FOR PROGRAMMING? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! We are also looking for resources for justice-centered programming for kids…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Fourth Universalist

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Animating Church Life “We actually had a conversation recently about how we can get more older people to come to our church,” shared Ryan Novosielski, current president of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. “I know that’s not a common conversation [in Unitarian Universalist churches] but hey, it’s New York!” Ryan is one of the many young adults serving in leadership at Fourth Universalist, commonly shortened to “4th U.” He helped start the young adult group about five years ago when they lacked critical mass. Now their group tells a very different story. Erin Bigelow, who chairs the Church Council where representatives of each committee meet, and serves on the Transitions and Right Relations Teams,…

#Baltimore Uprising Didn’t Happen Overnight

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Cause and Effect We present a collection of stories adding context and understanding to the #BaltimoreUprising.   The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore What’s crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn’t wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn’t looked….

A Viral Response to Injustice

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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A Presidential Call for Religion to Support Equality Former President Jimmy Carter recently wrote that he was severing ties with his church, stating: This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. Explore how Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association fights for equality. An excerpt of the Religion News Service (RNS)…

The Symptom is Not the Problem

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 28th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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It is Overtime to Shift the Paradigm An acquaintance of mine named Molli King is a teacher and yesterday she posted an essay she wrote for an education blog about a school in New York City called Success Academy that had recently been profiled in the New York Times. In her essay she told a story, one that I remember her sharing in person when she still worked at Success Academy, and this story has been rattling around in my brain today. The story is found in her blogpost and I will also recount it here in Ms. King’s words: But of all of the awful stories from my time at Success, none will top the…

Earth Day: 8 Leaders Call on You to

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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#Commit2Respond   We re-post this message from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other Unitarian Universalist leaders who urge you to act for Climate Justice starting today.– ed. Today is Earth Day, when people all over the planet celebrate our beautiful, life-giving, and fragile Mother Earth. This year our eight Unitarian Universalist organizations teamed up and created an unprecedented network of concern and action: Commit2Respond. Climate Justice Month, which has been running since World Water Day (March 22), ends today-and we ask you to join us in committing to action in the face of climate change! Saving our biosphere is possible, but it will take a paradigm shift and a revolution of values to get there….

Committing to Climate Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 22nd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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  Committing to Climate Justice This post is adapted from the 2015 Earth Sunday Sermon for UU Ministry for Earth, “Shifting Energy: From Fossil Fuels to Climate Action.” Read the full sermon and find other worship resources. By Matthew McHale Over the course of climate justice month, we’ve expressed our gratitude for life, we’ve reckoned with our grief and fear about the converging crises of ecological destruction, massive inequality and global warming, and reconnected with our love for earth and for each other. Now is the time when we commit to respond to the climate crisis—because we need to act! So many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of the crisis. And…

Commit 2 Respond for #ClimateJustice

Written by Bart Frost // April 17th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice // no comments

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What We Will Make of Our Time on Earth During Climate Justice Month we have reveled in the world we live in. We have embraced its warmth, its greenness, its snow, and its sunshine. We have gazed at waterfalls, fjords, icebergs, and countless other phenomena with glee. What a beautiful earth we inhabit! We have also reckoned. Climate change is real. It is happening, and we cannot stop it. Superman will not be using his super lungs to suck up greenhouse gases and expel them into space. The Planet Express crew will not be moving the earth a few millimeters further away from the sun. Acknowledging it is the first step. Then we reconnected. We reached…

“Tracing Their Steps” – Reflections from Selma Pt. 4

Written by Bart Frost // April 14th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Marching Forward Events of 50 Years Ago Today This is the final installment in a series of reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches. Here are  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. – ed. Sunday was the day that most of us were waiting for, the anniversary of the bridge crossing. An opportunity to follow the footsteps of those who came before. Before we could cross the bridge, we had to get there first. After gathering on to the buses and heading out in the morning, we landed at City of St. Jude in Montgomery for lunch. During the Selma to Montgomery Marches in 1965 more than 20,000 people camped out on…

Multicultural Leadership School – a.k.a.: Launchpad

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2015 // Mosaic // no comments

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Work With Your Peers to Bend the Arc of Justice The application deadline for the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is April 15 – here is why that it matters: graduates go on to to think, mobilize and lead for diverse, inclusive life-changing Unitarian Universalism (UU). One example? Trevor Coles, MLS ’14 grad presenting a video-chat on UU Paganism for the Interfaith Youth Core Better Together series. Read the blurb: Inspired by his UU-Pagan values, Tyler Coles works to build bridges between communities. Tyler began his work within the interfaith movement while in undergrad and will join students from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds this fall at Vanderbilt University as…