Busy Weekend Ahead for First U Social Activists

Lots in store for people who want to make a difference.

Green Sanctuary Potluck
Friday, Dec. 5, 6:00 to 8:00 in Parish Hall


Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice is sponsoring an all church potluck on Friday night.  Everyone is welcome. We will share some wonderful climate-friendly food, exchange recipes, enjoy fellowship, play some games and discuss how our food choices affect our health and the health of the planet. Fun and inspiring evening for the whole family Click here for guidelines for recipes. RSVP to Elizabeth Siftar.

Anti-Violence Forum
Saturday morning at 9:00, SSaM, 719 Shipley St.

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The Movement for a Culture of Peace will convene an anti-violence forum of city and state leaders at Saints Andrew and Matthew Church, 719 North Shipley St. The doors open for coffee, snacks, and networking at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 and end at 11:00. Complete details are here. There will be an opportunity following this meeting to join Wilmington Peacekeepers at their weekly Street Meeting, the location of which has not yet been announced. 

Memorial to the Lost
Saturday afternoon at 1:00. Meet in Parish Hall

Shirts memorializing the 40 killed in Wilmington since the Newtown, CT., mass shooting two years ago will be installed at First Unitarian.

Volunteers from First Unitarian and the Wilmington Friends Meeting will build Delaware’s first Memorial to the Lost at the corner of Whitby Road and Concord Pike. This display of tee-shirts, which was mentioned in Rev. Michelle Collins’ sermon on Nov. 30, will remember the 40 killed by gun violence in Wilmington during the two years since the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting, where 27 died. (These are the shirts that were carried in the March for a Culture of Peace.) The memorial is being constructed under the auspices of Heeding God’s Call, a Philadelphia-based interfaith group that seeks to stem the flow of illegal guns onto our streets.

Ten volunteers will be needed to construct frames for the shirts, install them on the berm, and erect signage to inform the public about the meaning of the memorial. A dedication ceremony will be performed during or following the Dec. 14 worship service. Dec. 14 is the second anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. If you can volunteer, contact Jeff Lott or Lynn Ingersoll. The installation will take about two hours and will be conducted no matter the weather. Meet in Parish Hall.

Hunger in Delaware and What You Can Do About It.
Faithful Dialogues – Sun. Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. in Brunner Chapel

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A few facts about hunger in Delaware:  In 2012, 76% of households had income below the poverty line and 40% of households were in deep poverty, with income below 50% of the poverty line. Recent changes in the Farm Bill shifted funds needed to reduce hunger to food processors (high fructose corn syrup, soy for products, etc). The result has been to increase food insecurity for those living in poverty. The impact has been especially profound for children.  What actions should UU’s take in helping marginalized members of our community experiencing food insecurity? Jean Kutcher from Osher Life Long Learning and Dan Reyes, formerly of the Delaware Food Bank will provide us with ways to take action. Questions: Elizabeth Siftar – Green Sanctuary Chair


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