Wednesday: Moral Action on Climate Change

Two Vigils in Wilmington: 4:00 or 5:30 pm 


Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, reminds us that

Climate change is the gravest danger facing humanity today. We are already experiencing its effects — rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, species extinction — but the potential effects of climate change are even more devastating. And while climate change affects all of us, its consequences will be felt most profoundly by the most impoverished and marginalized of the world’s communities.We cannot remain silent in the face of such a threat. We are compelled to respond.

Tomorrow, Sept. 23, people of all ages and  faiths around the country will join voices to pledge action supporting the message of Climate Action as a Moral Imperative. As Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, we will send our Delaware legislators the message that the time for moral climate action and legislation is now.

Here’s how you can participate with our religious partner
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Attend 4:00–4:45 p.m. or 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Meet on the steps of First & Central Presbyterian Church,
1101 Market Square, Wilmington (Rodney Square).

There will be speakers from several faiths.
Members of the Lenape tribe will be in attendance.
Children are encouraged to attend.

Parking: Street parking around Rodney Square will be available.
Colonial Parking at 715 Orange St. is close to the vigil site.

If anyone wants to attend both vigils and needs a ride, please contact Elizabeth Siftar.

Questions: Elizabeth Siftar

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Thank You, First Unitarian

Dozens of you attended the March for a Culture of Peace


Thanks to everyone who came out to support yesterday’s second annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Elizabeth Siftar has posted a bunch of great photos on her Flickr Page.

Please send any additional photos to me for use in future Movement for a Culture of Peace media.

Jeff Lott

Carpool to the March

Want to ride with others from First Unitarian to the March for a Culture of Peace?

Elizabeth Siftar and Deb Haskell will be in the parking lot across from the church at 2:30 on Sunday. Each can take three other people to Cool Spring Park for the start of the march at 3:30.

They will leave the parking lot at 2:50. Additional ad hoc carpools may be formed until 3:00 as needed.

Questions? Email Elizabeth at

Tips for Marchers

March_Rally3Final preparations are being made for the second annual March for a Culture of Peace on Sunday, Sept. 20.

(Yikes! That’s this Sunday! Are you ready?)

Tips for marchers:

• All marchers should arrive at Cool Spring Park (map here) by 3:15. Following interfaith invocations and a few instructions, we’ll form the line and step off promptly at 3:30.

• Starting at 2:00, those who have lost loved ones to violence may decorate free t-shirts at the Memorial to the Lost table. Please also register at this table if you would like to have the name of your loved one read aloud at the rally.

• Form a carpool with other members of your group. You’ll find street parking around the park, the Cool Spring Reservoir, and in the vicinity of Ursuline Academy. Follow all parking regulations and don’t block residential driveways.

• The march route is 1.2 miles. It’s relatively flat and the weather promises to be sunny and in the 70s. Bring water, signs, and banners. 

• Those who are unable walk this distance may stay in Cool Spring Park until marchers return at about 4:30. You’ll find benches and ample shade at the park.

• A brief rally after the march will end by 5:30, followed by musical performances. The event ends at 6:00 pm

IMG_8978Bring your friends and children. A Culture of Peace is also a culture of friendship and joy in being together as a community. Let’s walk together in peace and dream of what is possible for Wilmington and our state.

Peace March Sept. 20

Ready to Go?


Coming Soon: March for a Culture of Peace
Sunday Sept. 20 – 3:30 pm
Cool Spring Park

MCP_2015_datedsquareWhile the focus at church is (rightly) on Ingathering, many of us are looking beyond this celebration to the week ahead—and the second annual March for a Culture of Peace.

This year, the broad coalition of faith and community groups called Movement for a Culture of Peace has decided to march through one of the city’s most troubled areas—West Center City. Judy Govatos, Marie Oakberg, and Jeff Lott are members of the Movement’s steering committee. First Unitarian Church is a principal organizer of the Movement and the March.




Brother Terry Walls of Wilmington Peacekeepers (left) with Jeff Lott at the Peacekeepers Childrens’ Rally in July. The Movement for a Culture of Peace has brought together dozens of faith and nonprofit groups that envision the transformation of Delaware from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

The march will begin and end in Cool Spring Park, one of the city’s gems. So if you don’t feel able to walk the 1.2 mile route through city streets (map is here), you may remain in the park for the rally that follows the march.

The march steps off promptly at 3:30 and the rally will begin at about 4:30. Jeff Lott will co-emcee the rally with Chandra Pitts of One Village Alliance. It will feature drumming, musical performances, and three brief talks by community leaders, including Attorney General Matt Denn.

If you have a bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirt or hat, wear it to the march. (SSL gear will be on sale Sept. 13 at the Ingathering Picnic and again the morning of Sept. 20.) With high visibility, First Unitarian will be walking together behind our Standing on the Side of Love banner.

Volunteers Needed:
Contact Jeff Lott if you can volunteer to:

  1. Carry our banner (need two or three families to take turns)
  2. Organize carpools to and from the march (one person, good with email)
  3. Sell Standing on the Side of Love gear after church on Sept. 13 and 20
  4. Take photos at the march (particularly of First U marchers)
  5. Work behind the scenes at the rally (PA system will be loaned by FirstU)
  6. Set up and take down stage (it’s heavy and we could use a pickup truck)
  7. Clean-up crew in the park after the rally

Don’t worry. We’ll think of more! But the most important thing for you?



Now There Are Four

Judging from replies to the questionnaire, it looks like four of us interested in the Wednesday night series on Race in America at the University of Delaware. That seems like the beginnings of both a discussion group and a carpool.

Elizabeth Siftar
Edris Harrell
Jeff Lott
Roberta Finkelstein

Anyone else want to put their name on the list? I’m still looking for someone to coordinate, too. Should be easy—how about you?

If you’re interested, go to the immediate previous post and fill out the poll.