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…

Weekend Challenge #5 – the Winner Is…

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 20th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Congratulations to the unique* Luminary Leader Rachel Milles for successfully answering our challenge! Remember Viola Liuzzo with us by reading her story, previously posted on Blue Boat.       * Rachel is unique in many ways – in this case she is the only person to have correctly answered this Weekend Challenge.  

Special Offer for Youth to Go to Selma

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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You Must Respond By Friday, January 23, 2015 The Living Legacy Project Will Get You There Registration for the Living Legacy Project Conference is full and closed UNLESS you are a youth – in which case you must register by Friday, January 23, 2015. Also, FOR YOUTH ONLY  – the Living Legacy Project is offering financial aid to attend the conference, however you must apply by Friday, January 23.       Learn more about the Living Legacy Project here.              

People Just Shouldn’t Shoot People

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 9th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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As a Unitarian Universalist, as a person of faith, as a decent human being who cares about human life, I share this belief with a good chunk of humanity: shooting people – with the exception of extreme circumstances – is never okay, and even when the circumstances are such that shooting a human being is unavoidable, it is always a tragedy. Maybe you’re thinking, “Yes, of course, that’s obvious”, and I hope you are. But I start that way because it seems worth stating before discussing the narratives that emerge around shootings, before naming some of the sicknesses in our society that contribute to such unjust violence. People just shouldn’t shoot people, because being shot isn’t…

You Can Be The Change

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 23rd 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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We Should All Be So Privileged I knew that I could vote and that that wasn’t a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. – Stokely Carmichael, as quoted in Be the Change Session 5, Can We Live With Racism?     “Be the Change” By Eric Broner and Rev. Jonathan Rogers As the racial perspectives of many in our congregation have been challenged this year, we have sought through vigils, worships and discussions to make sense of what is wrong with our country. For us in the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists high school youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,…