Thankful for Unitarian Universalism

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Photo by Robin Pacella/Delmarva Media Group. From

Being true to the promise of freedom and justice

I had a quiet half-hour earlier this morning to read today’s Wilmington News-Journal. The photo above caught my eye on page A15. Yea! I thought to myself—Standing on the Side of Love. Then I read on, thankful this day that Unitarian Universalism is finding its voice across Delaware, engaging with important public issues and fighting for justice.

The article, “Support mounts Against Indian River’s LGBT stance,” told how residents of the Indian River School District were continuing to protest the school board’s proposal to exclude definitions of the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered from the high-school health curriculum.

According to the paper, the meeting was “dominated by people speaking against board member Shaun Fink, who wants the material to be removed.” In addition to being a member of the Indian River school board, Fink is pastor and founder of the Cornerstone Bible Church in Millsboro.

UUs were there, standing on the side of love. The Rev. Michael Smith, minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, spoke eloquently about how pushing LGBT youth “back into the shadows of misunderstanding and prejudice and bigotry” would strip them of their inherent worth and dignity. Reporter Rachel Pacella writes:

Smith talked about the values portrayed when Indian River High School’s color guard presented the flags and the audience said the pledge of allegiance at the start of the meeting. The district’s board would not be staying true to that promise of freedom and justice for all if they cut the LGBT material, he implied.

“We put our hands over our hearts. Some warm hearts,” he said, focusing on Fink. “Some very cold hearts.”

It’s worth reading the rest of the article, if only for the incredibly articulate comments by Bryce only, a junior at Sussex Central High School. I don’t know whether Molnar is a UU, but maybe he ought to check us out.

So give thanks this day for Rev. Smith and all of the UUs of Southern Delaware for their continued courage and truth-telling. Warm hearts indeed!

—Jeffrey Lott


4 thoughts on “Thankful for Unitarian Universalism

  1. Much as I appreciate the thanks I have been getting on this site, I would appreciate even more people asking, “What can I do?” Both the church and the Movement for a Culture of Peace can use more energetic volunteers. Because of the Connector, I am the public face of action. But we need to broaden the base and develop some leaders for our several new initiatives.

    At the Social Justice Action Summit, one of the barriers to action that we identified was the tendency to think that someone else had [name your committee or organization] under control—that it was “all taken care of.” I’d like to see more collective action. So ask me or another of those leaders you think has his or her act together, “What do you need? How can I help?”

    I guarantee that there’s something that will fit your skills, schedule, abilities, age group, or particular passion for justice.


  2. Thanks Jeff. Appreciate your post about the article. I am sharing your gratitude for UUs in Southern Delaware and everywhere who are working on LGBT issues. And I share in Barbara’s gratitude for you and your leadership and commitment to social justice work.

  3. Thanks, Jeff, for bringing this article to our attention. And I give thanks for Jeff Lott and all that he has done to help First U on the social justice map!

    Sent from my iPhone


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