What to Do on Monday

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21


• January 21, Monday, 2 – 5 pm; Martin Luther King Day Peace March and Community Celebration, Peace March begins at 2 pm at William Hicks Anderson Community Center, 501 N. Madison, Wilmington. The march will end at Be Ready Church, 1411 West 4th. St., where a community celebration will be hosted by Ms. Vanity Constance and Jea Street Jr.



January 21 – Monday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Letter from Birmingham Jail  Hosted by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Newark Branch NAACP, and Newark United Methodist Church. At Newark United Methodist Church  69 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711. For church lot parking: 62 East Delaware Ave. (This will serve as the Coalition’s Newark Monthly Meeting)

• January 21, Monday, 5:30 pm; A Day of Service. An Evening of Legacy. Dr. Kim and Bill Allen; 2019 BHIM Awards Celebrating Black History In the Making; Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Delaware Historical Society, 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington This is a ticketed event. To learn more and register, click here.

January 21, Monday, 7 pm  9th Ward Interfaith Coalition, MLK Celebration,with music, readings, & thoughts from our youth on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Peninsula-McCabe UMC, 2200 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington.

March Together for Peace and Justice

Could we get together a group of marchers from First Unitarian for the 2:00 Peace March and Community Celebration? We could carpool from the church at 1:30. Submit this contact form if you’re interested in marching:




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Southbridge residents seek solutions

“Not in My Backyard”


Marie Reed, president of the Southbridge Civic Association, wore a dust mask that says, “Not in my backyard.” (Sophis Schmidt – Delaware Public Media)

At a recent public meeting about a slag grinding company that is seeking permission to build an industrial facility in Southbridge, residents and representatives of Walan Specialty Construction Products discussed the project.

Some residents said they were seeking a “Community Benefit Agreement” on jobs and pollution with Walan before they would support the project. Others, like Marie Reed (above), are taking a hard line against noise and dust from the proposed plant, which would make a powder used as a cement additive.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt was there and filed this report.

Members of the First Unitarian Environmental Justice Task force have been supporting redidents the Wilmington neighborhood of Southbridge as they work to improve the environment there. To learn more about Southbridge and the Environmenta Justice Task Force at First Unitarian Church, contact Deb Haskell.


Should We Amend the Constitution to Get Big Money Out of Politics?

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28th Amendment Debate Watch Party

Free Public Event
Monday, Nov. 19
6:15 pm, Room 25

First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd. 19803

Jeff Clements, CEO of American Promise, and Bradley Smith, Chair of the Institute for Free Speech will debate: 

“Should we amend the Constitution to authorize political spending limits?”  

The debate will begin promptly at 6:30 and will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Prof. Rodney Smolla, Dean of the Widener University Delaware Law School.

Sponsors: American Promise Delaware Chapter, Human Rights Task Force of First Unitarian Church, League of Women Voters of New Castle County, DelCOG, Network Delaware, Delaware Get Money Out, and Pacem in Terris.


Support Environmental Justice for Southbridge

DNREC Hearing on Slag Grinding Plant

6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 20
Grantham Lane Building
715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, DE 19720

Marie Reed

Marie Reed, president of the Southbridge Civic Association (News-Journal Photo)

‘It’s our turn’:
Southbridge residents say they’re tired of
being a dumping ground.

By Jeanne Kuang

Marie Reed’s first thought when she heard a grinding company had plans to build an industrial facility in south Wilmington was, “Here we go again.”

Reed, president of the Southbridge Civic Association, knew she wasn’t alone. The whole neighborhood “has been through so much,” she said. “We’ve had enough.”

Previous attempts were made to put a state prison and facility that temporarily housed cattle in the neighborhood.

Since April, Southbridge residents have opposed Walan Specialty Construction Products’ plans at civic association meetings and a state hearing.

They say the facility would bring damaging environmental and health effects to a neighborhood already dotted with brownfields and industrial sites … read more

The First Unitarian Environmental Justice Task Force needs your help to support the community of Southbridge in its latest fight to save their neighborhood from yet another environmental threat. If you can attend this hearing, contact Deb Haskell for carpool infirmation: debhaskell@outlook.com.


This Sunday: Refugee and Immigration Crisis


Sunday, November 11
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd.,
Wilmington 19803



A community forum designed to build understanding and heighten compassion about the legal and personal issues of immigration, asylum, and refugee status in our state, nation, and world.

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Church Human Rights Task Force
Questions? Becky Laster, blaster102@verizon.net

Show Up for Shabbat This Weekend in Solidarity with Pittsburgh


A message from the Jewish Federation of North America:

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history — the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This Shabbat, we are responding with our greatest show of solidarity: A continental Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

At synagogues, community centers and homes across North America, we will be gathering together in prayer, compassion and unity — as one people. And as the Federation Movement. From Toronto to Tampa. From Milwaukee to Montreal and in every city and in between, we stand as a reminder of the power of community. 

Here’s how you can take part in #SolidarityShabbat and #StandWithPittsburgh, and here are some resources for Solidarity Shabbat. We are pleased to partner with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on #ShowUpForShabbat and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on #NeverIsNow.

Here in Delaware, according to the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the following congregations are inviting visitors during their Shabbat this weekend.

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth
6 pm Friday night and 9 am Saturday morning
4412 Washington Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Shalom
6:30 pm Friday night and 9:30 Saturday morning
Egalitarian Conservative
1081 Baynard Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Emeth
7 pm Friday night and 9:30 am Saturday morning
300 West Lea Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Temple Beth El
6 pm Friday night
301 Possum Park Road
Newark, DE 19703

Chabad Lubavitch
5:50 pm Friday morning and 9:30 Saturday morning
1811 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE 19810

Seaside Jewish Community
7:30 pm Friday night
18970 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth, DE 19971

Welcoming the Stranger


A Syrian refugee holds her newborn daughter at an International Rescue Committee clinic in Ramtha, Jordan. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/9613483141

Refugee and Immigration Crisis

A community forum designed to build understanding and heighten compassion about the legal and personal issues of immigration, asylum, and refugee status in our state, nation, and world.

Sunday, November 11
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington 19803

Speakers include:
Prof. Mary Brigid McManamon, Widener University Law School
Basha Silverman, Jewish Family Services Refugee Resettlement Program
Dalissy Washington, Network Delaware Safe Communities Campaign
Doyle Dobbins, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Church Human Rights Task Force
Questions? Becky Laster, blaster102@verizon.net