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.
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.
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.
According 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
It’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