Run the Race, Keep the Faith

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 17th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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In early November 2014 the UU World magazine published a reflection by Peter Morales, the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in which Morales said that the work of bringing justice to our world is a marathon, not a sprint. He is right. I was at the Millions March NYC on Saturday, along with tens of thousands of others. The march was permitted, making it legal, and it took place mostly during the daytime, which made the event more friendly to families with children and to anyone who cannot risk arrest due to immigration status or prior arrests.  It was organized by two young black women, Synead Nichols and Umaara Elliott, and it was huge. How huge?  Just…

Black Lives Matter – Make it So

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Mosaic, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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We re-post the monthly newsletter of our friends of the Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association with a call to action – pledge your support to help end racial motivated acts of police brutality. – Ed. December 2014: Black Lives Matter—Are You Signed Up? Dear Friends, Ferguson is not a flash in the pan.  The current moment is one that has broken through years of pain, anger, and organizing. Young African American organizers are leading the call for a movement that not only stops our national crisis of police killings of young Black men but also changes our society into one that refuses to tolerate the criminalization, devaluing, killing, and brutalizing…

Wait Like the World is About to Turn

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 4th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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For those of us who follow the Christian tradition, now is the season of Advent, a time of waiting.  And whether we are Christian or not, I believe that Unitarian Universalists and progressives of any or no faith have something to learn from this Christian season of Advent this year. Because we are waiting. Oh how we long for a day when no more unarmed black boys or men are killed by police. Oh how we long for a day when the police who do kill unarmed black men and boys are held accountable for their actions. Oh how we long for a day when every single American would rise up and say “enough is enough; we must end…

Witnessing America’s Original Sin

Written by Carey McDonald // December 2nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Why rioting in some of the hundreds of protests across the country of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision exonerating Ofc. Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown but not in others? Carey McDonald’s insightful reflection points toward an answer. -Ed. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause. After experiencing Black Lives Matter Boston rally and having time to reflect, here are my thoughts on Ferguson: If you’re talking about the indictment, you’re missing the point. I’ve read so many comments about what the grand jury…

Complete the Holiday Experience #GivingTuesday

Written by Bart Frost // November 28th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, UUA // one comment

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Take a side order of giving with your thanking Are you (Fill in the blank: burnt out/tired/neutral/excited/wired/does not apply)  _______________ from an extended weekend of (party and play/ family and food/solitude and reflection/sleeping and jelling/does not apply) ____________? Did you brave (cold/heat/rain/snow/sleet/ boredom/does not apply)  __________ to stand in lines on this Black Friday? Cyber Monday have you feeling (sad & blue/green with envy/ in the red on your budget/tickled pink over the deal you got/does not apply) ________________________________ ? Are you already tired of the endless  (commercials/requests/lists/whining/does not apply) ________________________________  for stuff? Well, we’ve got the (antidote/cure/feel-good solution/opportunity of a lifetime) ________ :  GENEROSITY! Participate in #GivingTuesday! Make a donation to Unitarian Universalist youth and young…

We Witness Because #Black Lives Matter

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 26th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Bringing Worship to the Street of the Cities   Last night I went to church. It wasn’t, however, the most conventional church experience. In fact, the leaders organizing the gathering didn’t call it church and likely didn’t think of it that way. First a handful of young adults who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith in various professional roles, gathered at my house. My partner had made signs and we brought our Standing on the Side of Love gear.  We talked and shared stories of protests and times we’d had difficulties with police.  We had some snacks and drinks. Reverse coffee hour, if you will. And then we went out to worship. We gathered with many others…

#BlackLivesMatter

Written by Bart Frost // November 25th 2014 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends, Mosaic, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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“Collectively, we must be a strong voice for change to end police brutality and the systemic racism in our society that causes violence, chaos, and death. Black lives matter.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association   Friends, Yesterday it was announced that charges will not be brought against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Yesterday Tamir Rice, twelve years old, was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland. Let me start by saying though we could spend much time and energy discussing the circumstances of these individual cases, we are called to look at the larger picture. Two young people of color are dead. Their families are grieving and…

Be Seen Standing on the Side of Love and Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

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Calling All Yellow Shirts of Love, Tolerance and Justice The Grand Jury investigation of the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson is likely to announce its findings anytime now. On the day of and after the Grand Jury announcement, people will gather at events around the country calling for an end to racist policing, police brutality and the culture of Mass Incarceration. Make this a moment of public witness, and speaking out in the spirit of love and justice – and plan on sharing the Unitarian Universalist message of love and justice far and wide by documenting the event you attend and sharing your images or tweets – here is how: 1. Find…

Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Because That is What We Do Members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to Houston, Texas protesting – as quoted  on the KHOU-TV website,“‘This Mayor Annise Parker, whatever her name is, is an out of the closet lesbian. She is a spectacle and she has attention all over the country. So we are gonna say our part, said Marc Hill of Westboro.” KHOU reported the Westboro protesters were met by members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, who answered Westboro’s message of hate in force, reporting, “‘We are singing in the light of love!’ sang another group about twice the size of the Westboro group. A Progressive Voice in the Public Square And when…

More than Just Journeys

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 7th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments

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Incomparable Justice Learning Experiences from the UUCSJ The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) has updated its calendar of events and trainings. All events through January 2015 ARE FULL. It’s not too early to apply. Don’t wait until it is too late!       February 2015 Haiti Just Recovery: February 7–14, 2015: open enrollment; register by December 7, 2014 Border Justice: February 12–16, 2015: open enrollment; register by December 14, 2014 Theology and Climate Justice: February 21–28, 2015: for seminarians; register by December 21, 2014 March 2015 Alternative Spring Break: March 7–14; register by January 11, 2014 Theology and Immigration Justice: March 21–27, 2015: for seminarians register by January 18, 2015 April 2015…