Radical Hope and a More Perfect Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 27th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends // no comments

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We post an excerpt of this important post by Kenny S. Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado and UU World contributor. Read the full text of Kenny S. Wiley’s post tracing the history of Unitarian Universalist rejection of racism, and the call of UU history for Unitarian Universalists to make #BlackLivesMatter now, on his blog “A Full Day“, here. – ed.         A Unitarian Universalist ‘Black Lives Matter’ Theology by Kenny Wiley, March 26, 2015 “If, while I hear the wild shriek of the slave mother robbed of her little ones, I do not open my mouth, am I not guilty?” –Lucy Stone In the Denver…

“Relationships And…”

Written by Bart Frost // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // 2 comments

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  There Are Only Three Important Words   This is part two a multi-part series of reflections the by Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association on Selma after attending the Selma 50th March and Jubilee. You can find part one here. – ed.         On Friday morning, we began with worship led by Mark Hicks. The theme of worship focused on stories and relationships, a theme that would later be echoed by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s keynote address to Living Legacy Project Conference attendees. During worship Olivia spoke about why she traveled from Maine to Birmingham, AL. Olivia had been on the Living Legacy…

Cornel West on Letterman, & That’s Not All Folks…

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Prominent Voices on Unitarian Universalist Issues of Social Justice If you want to know what is happening on the fronts of justice, all you have to do is listen to voices supported by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Beacon Press author Dr. Cornel West explains the relationship between racial and economic injustice to David Letterman:Watch the David Letterman Show Interview Part One. Interview Part Two. Read books by or featuring Cornel West.   Michelle Alexander appears on the March 4 program of Democracy Now, explaining how events in Ferguson, Missouri are symptomatic of the system of Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow. Watch the segment. Read “The New Jim Crow”, by Michelle Alexander. Mark Morrison…

“A Holy Consecration”

Written by Bart Frost // March 13th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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 The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Part 1 From March 5th through March 8th, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as Dean of Youth and a chaplain for young adults at the Unitarian Universalist Living Legacy Project conference “Marching in the Arc of Justice: Revisiting Selma”. This weekend long conference featured an optional Thursday bus tour of Selma, Alabama, keynote speakers like Mark Morrison Reed and Opal Tometi, workshops related to racial justice and intersectionality, worships, and concluded with joining 70,000 people in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years after marchers were brutally attacked by police and civilian possees as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery. I…

Organize for Economic Justice on Feb. 20, 2015

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice // no comments

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Attend The UU Escalating Inequality/Opportunity for All Conference Terry Lowman Boardmember of  Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community shares the following message: A group of Unitarian Universalists (UU) will meet in Evanston, IL the weekend of February 20, 2015 for the Unitarian Universalist Escalating Inequalty/Opportunity for All Conference. This conference is sponsored by UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC). We have great speakers including Chuck Collins, Rev Dr. David Breeden from the Commission on Social Witness and Bertha Lewis, as well as workshops featuring a  broad spectrum of diversity of the presenters to keep things honest (young, old, rich and poor). Scholarships are available for travel and registration and home hospitality is available….

Our Sankofa Moment

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

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Unitarian Universalism Calls On Your Continuing Presence We share this letter about Selma and Unitarian Universalism as a voice for justice on Standing on the Side of Love. – Ed. Today, our nation again stands on the precipice of a significant movement for racial equity that calls to Unitarian Universalists to respond as people of faith anchored in the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We – five women of color who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith through the Unitarian Universalist Association – write this letter to express our hopes for the participation of Unitarian Universalists with regard to a Sankofa moment presented to us by the 50th anniversary commemoration of…

Selma Movie Discussion Guide

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Social Justice // no comments

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of this Seminal Story Ava DuVernay’s movie Selma depicts the three marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965 that catalyzed passage of the Federal 1965 Voting Rights Act. Unitarian Universalists were present at this moment in history, marching and witnessing with Martin Luther King, Jr. for Civil Rights. We recommend you see the movie, and offer this discussion guide to engage your congregation in recognition of the anniversary of this moment in the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago that engaged many Unitarian Universalists and – arguably – changed the course of our movement and the Unitarian Universalist Association. This youth-friendly, Unitarian Universalist  discussion guide, written by UU World Senior Editor Kenny…

Youth Together for Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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First Unitarian Society of Denver Youth Group Hosts MLK Con 2015 MLK CON 2015 In Review by Sofia Avery-Kapulski and Max Pivonka Picture a dense horde of teenagers packed into a church sanctuary, murmuring spiritedly. It’s night. Many of them have traveled long, exhausting hours just to congregate here, and yet the smouldering quiver of adolescent incendiarism can be felt from the steps outside. The air of inspired, visceral unity is formidable.   But this is no cult coming-of-age rite, nor is it the beginning of a subversive and dangerous riot. These youth are gathered together here tranquilly, they’re gathered because of a shared passion for justice, and they are gathered in the name of…

Can We Really Reclaim Martin Luther King?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 23rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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What is “Unwise and Untimely”? The activists of #blacklivesmatter asked us this year to #ReclaimMLK (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) as we celebrated his life and legacy the Monday after his birthday. When I was six years old I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade and of course I was out there with fellow Unitarian Universalists from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, where my family first made our spiritual home. I don’t remember that march nor what I believed I was marching for, but I’m sure it was informed by my church and my family and our general commitment to equality. I vaguely recall learning about Martin Luther King in elementary…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…