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…

Reconnecting and Hope(lessness)

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 6th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Commit2Respond: Week 3 I heard Rev. Dr. Miguel de la Torre, the liberation theologist and immigration rights activist, speak a few days ago. He started by saying, “I’m hoping to chat about how hopeless our work is.” I sat up straight, paying attention. I confess that these days I often pray for the doubters, for those of us who find it hard to believe that the arc of the universe bends toward justice, who wonder why we do what we do if the outcomes of our work are so often incomplete, when tragedies of epic and intimate scale surround. We may want to Commit2Respond to environmental injustice, but as we enter week 3 of Climate…

Looking Back to Move Forward

Written by Bart Frost // April 3rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Undoing the “Third Reconstruction” This is part three in our four part series, here are links to Part One and Part Two. – ed. Rev. Dr. William Barber Saturday morning began with Rev. Dr. William Barber’s How to Build a Movement/Wake Up Call. I had the pleasure of witnessing his preaching on Thursday night at Tabernacle, so I pulled myself out of bed to make it to the workshop at 7:30am. Thursday night he spoke about the power within to fight for justice and was so inspiring I knew I had to see him no matter what. Saturday morning he spoke about the Third Reconstruction and grassroots organizing. (Beacon Press will publish his book “The Third…

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 // 3 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 // 3 comments

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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….