For when you want to give up

 

A PRAYER

For when you want to write the resignation letter,
Want to skip town
Give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Start a new life slinging brunch. On a beach. Definitely on a beach. Specializing in sunny side up eggs on buttered toast and mango smoothies.
Never think about justice, covenant, love, heartbreak. Just about all the yellows of sun and egg and mango.
Spirit, give us the long view.
We are only here because someone refused to give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Give us perspective, humor, a break.
Give us teammates who we can tell the truth to.
Give us faith, honesty, mangoes. 
May we dig down past the giving up, Find the grit to get through.

I had the privilege to hear two leading activists speak in August—Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Janaya Khan, founder of Black Lives Matter Canada.

During the discussion, Janaya Khan was praised by an audience member for being “remarkable” because they had persisted in challenging white supremacy despite fierce opposition. They said in response: “You don’t have to be remarkable to do this work; you become remarkable when you do this work.

Patrisse Cullers was asked what keeps her going—how can she persist in the struggle for collective liberation day after day, year after year?

Being on the right side of  history,” she remarked quietly.

Let’s all be on the right side of history.

Come out this week. Attend tomorrow night’s anti-racism workshop at First Unitarian. March with us in Saturday’s fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Become remarkable.

Jeff

 

Welcome to Peace Week Delaware

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The second annual Peace Week Delaware starts today with a 3:00 march and rally in Lewes, organized by the Lewes-Rehoboth Peace Week Coalition. This will be followed by 60 events across Delaware for the following eight days. The full online schedule is here.

Of particular interest to members of First Unitarian Church are:

“I Am Not a Racist”—
Confronting Race, Racism, and White Supremacy!

In this 2-hour facilitated workshop, participants will explore white privilege and structural racism in society through their personal experiences of race. Questions include: How does white supremacy affect all of us—and not just black and brown people? What can we do to combat racism in our personal lives, workplaces, and government structures?

Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead St, Wilmington, DE, 19803
When: 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 20
Sponsored by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow & First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Questions?: Darlene Scott, darlenescott99@gmail.com

 

4th Annual March for a Culture of Peace

Let’s bring everyone together—city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, and Hispanic; native-born and immigrant, advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim and Jew; young and old; people of all political views—to show that we are one community opposed to violence, murder, poverty, racism, and exclusion. This is our fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Where: March begins and ends in Wilmington’s Rodney Square, 10th & Market, Wilmington, DE, 19801,followed by A Day of Peace
What: A peace march through Wilmington’s West side/Hilltop neighborhood, ending in a rally.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, steps off at 11:30 a, return 12:30 pm, followed by Day of Peace
Questions?: Medard Gabel, mg@depaceminterris.org, 302-656-2721
Sponsored byMovement for a Culture of Peace
Volunteers needed: contact march@peaceweekdelaware.org

 

Southern Poverty Law Center: 10 Ways to Fight Hatred in America

New Community Resource Guide

The full guide can be found online here.
Or download it as a pdf: 10-ways.pdf.

10_ways1 ACT
Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public, and — worse — the victims. Community members must take action; if we don’t, hate persists.

2 JOIN FORCES
Reach out to allies from churches, schools, clubs, and other civic groups. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police, and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get everyone involved.

3 SUPPORT THE VICTIMS
Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable. If you’re a victim, report every incident — in detail — and ask for help. If you learn about a hate crime victim in your community, show support. Let victims know you care. Surround them with comfort and protection.

4 SPEAK UP
Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news orga­nizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate group members in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate, toward unity.

5 EDUCATE YOURSELF
An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident.

6 CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE
Do not attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate.

7 PRESSURE LEADERS
Elected officials and other community leaders can be important allies. But some must overcome reluctance — and others, their own biases — before they’re able to take a stand.

8 STAY ENGAGED
Promote acceptance and address bias before another hate crime can occur. Expand your comfort zone by reaching out to people outside your own groups.

9 TEACH ACCEPTANCE
Bias is learned early, often at home. Schools can offer lessons of tolerance and acceptance. Host a diversity and inclusion day on campus. Reach out to young people who may be susceptible to hate group propaganda and prejudice.

10 DIG DEEPER
Look inside yourself for biases and stereotypes. Commit to disrupting hate and intolerance at home, at school, in the workplace and in faith communities.

 

Solidarity and Prayer in the Face of Hatred and Racism

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Interfaith Community-Wide
Worship Service

Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 noon
at
Bethel AME Church
604 Walnut Street

In Light of the Recent Events
in  
Charlottesville, VA

It is important for the Wilmington community to come together in light of the recent events of Charlottesville, VA, with white nationalist, the KKK, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.
Join us as we come together as a community to respond with solidarity, prayer, and as a show of our commitment to the address the acts of hatred our nation witnessed over the weekend.
—Reverend Silvester Beaman 

Delaware Stands in Solidarity with Charlottesville

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Wilmington, Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Several DE groups (Indivisible, Women’s March Huddles, etc. ) will be meeting by the Rockford Tower from 6 7pm on Sunday August 13, 2017. Please bring signs, candles, and a compassionate attitude to join in solidarity.

Rockford Park, near tower
Wilmington, DE 19806
TODAY, August 13, 6:00 PM

Go on Facebook and say you’re coming.

 

Watch video of Clergy in Charlottesville protesting the white supremacists, courtesy of Sojourner’s Magazine. The silent march included many UU clergy and UUA President Susan Frederick Gray.

 

 

 

Beyond James T. Vaughn: Fixing Delaware’s Broken Prison System

Join a free public discussion sponsored by the ACLU, with the director of their National Prison Project.

June 7, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 PM 
First and Central Presbyterian Church
1101 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
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With an incarceration rate nearly twice as high as neighboring New Jersey, Delaware is an unfortunate leader in America’s trend of mass incarceration.

Prison staff shortages compound the lack of crucial programming, making successful re-entry an unlikely outcome in the First State. Bring your lunch and join us as we take a hard look at the pitfalls of our troubled prison system–and how it can be fixed.

david_fathi_for_webFeatured speaker David C. Fathi is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, which brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities, and works to end the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Questions? Call Mindy Bogue at (302) 654-5326, ext. 101 or mbogue@aclu-de.org.

More information at the ACLU-DE website.

 

Pop-Up Field Trip to Bright Spot Farms

Saturday, May 20   —  10 a.m. to Noon

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Learn about Bright Spot Urban Farm—it’s easy!

  • Meet at First Unitarian at 10:00 on Saturday.

  • Carpool to Bright Spot Farms in New Castle.

  • Tour the garden (where you will help with weeding)

  • Hear about the Bright Spot job skills training program (some of our ILYA graduates have participated)

  • Shop the greenhouse (flowers, herbs, vegetables)

  • Return to church between 12:00 and 12:30

Questions? Call Renee Anderson (302) 529-7845

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