Ride and Rally in Hockessin, March 30


Riding to Washington to Honor Victims and Prevent Gun Violence

Members of First Unitarian Church are involved in all sorts of social justice work. In its article on the Sandy Hook ride and rally, the News-Journal did not identify me as a church member (I also wear the hat of communications director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence), but I’ve been working on this ride and rally for weeks now.

Suzanne Perry has organized a group of First Unitarian cyclists to join in the ride. If you want to participate, email info@decagv.org and we’ll send you the details. You’ll need to be at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn by 9:30 (the paper said 10:00) on Monday morning. Let Suzanne know you’re coming—and wear a Standing on the Side of Love shirt if you have one. (If you don’t, I can probably remedy that.)

But you don’t have to ride a bike to support the cause. Show up a at the Hockessin PAL Center by 10:00 (not 10:30 as in the News-Journal) and cheer Team 26 as they arrive for a brief stop and then pedal on toward Washington.

—Jeff Lott

P.S.: The incorrect times in the paper are not the reporter’s fault—they are mine. The timing changed and I did not update robin brown.


Commit2Respond: A UU Climate Initiative

Join Climate Justice Month!

Commit2Respond_graphic_1From World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice, organized by the new climate justice initiative Commit2Respond.

Individuals, families, groups, and congregations will get faith-filled resources, engage in powerful practices throughout the month, learn together, and more. By the end of the month we will make commitments to new long-term actions that will help us collectively shift to a low carbon future, advance human rights, and grow the climate justice movement.


May the love

You can participate in Climate Justice Month:

  • by signing up as an individual, signing your group, team, or congregation on to Commit2Respond. (First Unitarian is already signed up as a congregation.)
  • by following along on Facebook or Twitter.
  • by setting aside time for reflection as an individual, a family, or a faith group, and engage with the daily messages together.
  • Worship resources are also available for World Water Day, Earth Day, and more.

Be inspired, get connected with other people of faith and conscience committed to climate justice, and commit to long-term actions that will help save our world. This is your movement. You have the power to make a difference. How will you respond?

Commit2Respond Graphic 4Commit2Respond is a joint initiative of the UUA and the UUSC.

Ride and Rally in Hockessin

Join Us to Welcome Team 26:
Sandy Hook Ride on Washington


Monday, March 30 — 10:00 to Noon — Hockessin PAL
7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin 19707
Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence

  • Who: Team 26: the Sandy Hook Bike Team from Newtown, Conn.
  • What: Only Delaware stop during their third annual Ride on Washington
  • Where: Police Athletic League, Hockessin
  • When: Monday, March 30, 10:00 to Noon

Why: Team 26 is riding from Newtown to Washington to honor the 26 victims of the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and all other victims of gun violence—and to support common-sense state and federal gun reform. Since Sandy Hook, there have been more than 50 deaths from gun violence in Wilmington alone. DeCAGV is working every day to reduce the violence and to keep our kids and communities safe.

Join the Rally: Meet members of Team 26 as they take a short break during the third day of their 400-mile ride from Newtown to Washington. We’ll have music and balloons, plus the WiLDWiCH food truck serving beverages and sandwiches.


10:00 to 1:00
At the PAL Center


Ride with Team 26: Cyclists who would like to join Team 26 for the final few miles of the ride should assemble at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn at 10:00 a.m. To register as a rider, email info@decagv.org.

Download a pdf copy of our poster here:
Sandy Hook Ride Poster Final2

Posted by Jeff Lott, Communications Director of DeCAGV

Sandy Hook Ride Poster Final2

Call for citizen water advocacy

Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice

delaware nature societyDelaware has made great progress over the past 40 years in addressing water quality but we still have a lot of work to do! Due to a growing population, legacy chemical contamination, and polluted runoff, over 90% of our streams, creeks, and rivers are polluted. 

But there is hope!

A dedicated funding stream would allow Delaware to invest not only in updating our infrastructure but also in expanding our workforce!

Therefore, Delaware Nature Society with our conservation partners launched a statewide clean water campaign titled: Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice. The campaign is focused on securing funding for toxic removal, protection of drinking water, updating of failing infrastructure, and preservation of natural resources.

Delaware Clean Water provides safe and dependable drinking water, locally sourced food, and recreational opportunities critical to Delaware’s tourism and economy. Much of the state’s waterways is polluted due to failing infrastructure, runoff, and contamination from chemicals.

How can you help?

Sign the Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice Pledge at www.cleanwaterdelaware.org

The pledges will be delivered to The Delaware Statehouse and Senate by Grenna Groggin, DNS and Environmental Working Group.

Elizabeth Siftar
Green Sanctuary chair

Register for a Free Energy Conservation Seminar—Just for Churches!

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From Lisa Locke, executive director of Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, via Elizabeth Siftar.

If you are interested, contact Elizabeth Siftar, who has graciously offered to pay the registration fee for First Unitarian members. 

You are invited to attend an Energy Conservation Seminar on Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30-11:00. Please see the flyer below.
Our special presenter is Andrew Rudin, with the Interfaith Coalition on Energy. Andy has been providing energy management consulting for over 35 years, having a special passion for sacred spaces. He has conducted energy surveys of more than 1,600 buildings and presented over 300 energy management workshops.
This will be a great opportunity for both facility managers/sextons/administrators AND facility users/departments/members to learn about energy use and conservation specific to houses of worship, including:
  • energy sources & systems
  • seeking out and identifying areas of energy loss
  • opportunities for conservation – remediation, product & appliance upgrades, behavior modifications
  • energy measurement and tracking
  • rates of return on investment
  • Also, learn about development/enhancement of a Creation Care/Stewardship Team and local community solar initiatives.

The charge is $35.00 for each house of worship represented. We are asking for reservations by March 11Special thanks to the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew for opening their doors, their halls, their closets and crawl spaces for our energy enlightenment.


They’re coming to share with you!  

PuzzleYoung people aging out of foster care face incredible challenges… transitioning from unstable situations lacking resources most of us take for granted and embarking on their journey into adult decisions and responsibilities. You reach out to offer them caring and support by donating household goods, gifts at holidays and college care/graduation support and cash donations through the ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) project. This social justice project will be front and center this Sunday, March 8th in two ways.

Young people who have been supported by ILYA will speak and answer questions at the Faithful Dialogues session at 9:30 in the Brunner Chapel. Remember to set your clocks ahead to be on time to participate in what is always a very powerful dialogue with these amazing young people.

Then, during the service, the special offering will be taken to fund the support our church provides for things like application, admission, book and equipment fees for further education, apartment and utility security deposits, delivery of donated furniture. We ask you to dig down deep and be as generous as possible to put our UU values into action for these young people. You’ll hear how much they thank you this Sunday… come listen and learn more.

—Lois Morris