Winter Film Series: Building a Culture of Peace

A series of films on violence, justice, and peace in our communities and across the world. Co-sponsored by Pacem in Terris and the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence

All events are held in the Daughty House adjacent to Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot, 1503 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. For more information, call 302-656-2721. For detailed descriptions of these programs, visit

Violence and Health:
Fighting Back with Nonviolence

Tuesday, February 3, 7 pm

Treating Violence Like a Contagious Disease
TED Talk – Dr. Gary Slutkin
TED Talk – Scilla Elworthy

The Ripple Effect
A Film by Christiana Care Health System
Chaz Molins, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator

Dr. Gary Slutkin

Dr. Gary Slutkin

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy











Impacts of Gun Violence on Communities

Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm

Shell Shocked (film)






Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow

Tuesday, February 17, 7 pm

Broken On All Sides (film)









A New World View

Tuesday, February 24, 7 pm

One Day of Peace
Two TED Talks – Jeremy Gilley & Jody Williams

Jeremy Gilley

Jeremy Gilley








Jody Williams

Jody Williams
















Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm

A Step Too Far? A Contemplation On Forgiveness

MLK Day of Service Photos

The Martin Luther King Day of Service was beautifully organized and well attended. Our parish hall was filled with hands-on projects and the aroma of hot cookies and baked chicken wafted from the kitchen. Here’s a gallery of photos. Click to enlarge or download.

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Historic Vote on Climate Denial

An important message from Chad Tolman and Forecast the Facts.


Tell the U.S. Senate: Climate change is real and demands congressional action — so vote like it.

This week, for the first time in history, U.S. Senators will publicly declare if they accept the science on climate change or not.We want all 100 senators to know we’re watching closely, so Forecast the Facts launched a petition to the entire U.S. Senate that says: “Climate change is real and demands congressional action — vote like it!”

With 30,000 or more supporters from across the country, we can have a timely impact. That’s why just before they vote, we’ll deliver the petition to every senate office.Add your name to the petition now. 

Click here to sign the petition.

MLK’s Birthday: It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off

The holiday offers a range of opportunities to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday at First Unitarian and in the community.


Dr. King would be 86 had he not been assassinated in 1968 at age 39.

A Day of Service at First U
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Parish Hall

Join members of First Unitarian Church in observing this Day of Service. We have multiple service projects planned to benefit a variety of church and community projects.

If you have not already brought your donations for the Day of Service, please do so this Sunday (Jan. 18) or bring them with you on Monday morning.

Click here for a list of suggested donated items:  MLK Day of Service


YWCA Delaware Confronts Institutional Racism
Monday, January 19th
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street,
Wilmington, DE
10:00 a.m. to noon
Continental breakfast served at 9:00 a.m.

YWCA Delaware recognizes MLK, Jr., Day each year by presenting an Action Forum to raise awareness and inspire action to affect social change around issues of racial disparity and race relations. Join us for this year’s Action Forum to address institutional racism based on the fact that race continues to be a significant factor in every dimension of life such as employment, education, economics, housing, health care, crime, political candidates, and public policy. The focus of the forum is to engage the community, willing executives, and public policymakers to become proactive in finding common ground to close the racial divide in Delaware communities.


Michele Greene, Chair of the US Constitution, 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Committee of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
George Higgins, Acting Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Dr. Yasser Payne, Associate Professor of the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware
Roy Sudler, Jr., Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission

Register (the Action Forum is free, but seating may be limited).


Peace March and Community Celebration

mlk peace march

March 1:00 p.m.
Starts at: Be Ready Church
4th & Rodney Streets

Celebration immediately after the march at: St. Paul’s Church
3rd & Van Buren Streets

Contact: Vanity Sanders

Keystone Pipeline: A Crucial Moment


Immediate Action Needed to Stop Tar Sands Disaster

Serious climate activists are against construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will bring tar sands oil from Canada across that United States to market in the Gulf of Mexico. Some say that the atmospheric carbon cost of extracting this oil is “game over” for climate change. The emissions and energy costs from the extraction alone will tip the planetary balance. Respected climate activist Bill McKibben was arrested for protesting against the pipeline.

Some members of First Unitarian who went to New York in September for the Peoples Climate March went there in particular to express opposition to Keystone XL. Now that Congress seems ready to force the issue, it’s time for us to take to the streets again—to tip the issue against the tar sands oil, which should be left in the ground forever.

President Obama has the final say on the pipeline, no matter what Congress does. He’s in charge of the regulatory apparatus of the government and has the authority to say, “No.” He has the power to veto the bill now making its way through the new Congress.

The Sierra Club has asked that we urge the president to stand firm on this issue. Tuesday is the crucial day to do that, and Sierra Club is organizing a response. Here’s a link that tells you about Tuesday’s event.

If you cannot attend this demonstration, please contact your elected representatives to protest the pipeline. Tell them that overriding a presidential veto should not be an option. And call the White House to tell President Obama to veto the bill. Our planet depends on your action.





2015: A Year of Peace and Justice

Happy New Year, Gentle Angry People!

Our most recent Connector posting was dated December 14, so it’s been three weeks since I’ve written something for this blog. I took a break for the holidays and I hope you had one too, but now it’s time to get back to work on a more peaceful, humane, and just world.

The coming weeks hold lots of opportunities to get involved—and I hop you have resolved to be more active than ever in living out your Unitarian Universalist values in your everyday life every day as a beloved community.”

Here are some of the events that I already know about. If you have others to add to the list (and the Connector calendar), let me know.


Faithful Dialogues

Brother Lamotte X is a leader of the Wilmington Peacekeepers/

Brother Lamotte X is a leader of the Wilmington Peacekeepers/

Sunday, Jan. 4, 9:30 am, Brunner Chapel

Jeff Lott and Brother Lamotte X of Wilmington Peacekeepers will provide an update on our work together to create a culture of peace in Wilmington. We will talk about our religious motivation for social justice work—and ask you to think about what makes you want to be more involved in making change.

Courageous ConversationsMCP_Jan10_poster

Saturday, Jan. 10, 9:00 am
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 Shipley St., Wilmington, 19810

First Unitarian Church is a founding partner of the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which is co-spoonsoring this important dialogue between black youth, community religious and educational leaders, and Capt. Faheem Akil of the Wilmington Police Department. For details, see the Movement’s website. If you have not been to a Culture of Peace forum (this is the third since the Sept. 27 March for a Culture of Peace), this is a must-attend event.

Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow

Monday, Jan. 12, 6:00 pm, Music Room

Daniel Logan, head of the Crime Strategies Unit in the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, will speak and answer questions.

New Jim Crow bookAccording to Rev. Paula Maiorano, the New Jim Crow is the latest structural form of racism in the U.S. The term was coined by civil rights attorney and author Michelle Alexander in her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow was formed as a joint project of Mother African Union to address this structural racism and bring about change. It began several years ago with an interracial study group that read and discussed Alexander’s book. The group’s meetings alternate between Mother African Union Church and First Unitarian. It has grown into a broad coalition that seeks reforms across the criminal justice system.

Be prepared to ask Mr. Logan about what state government is doing to address racial bias in the justice system and the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans in Delaware.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 19, 9:00 to Noon, Parish Hall

289px-Martin_Luther_King_Jr_NYWTS_6It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off: Please join members of First Unitarian Church in observing this Day of Service. We have multiple service projects planned. We will begin collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House starting Sunday, January 4. Please drop items off at the CYRE Table in Parish Hall.

Here’s a list of items needed: 2015 Day of Service