Registration is closed for the four-session workshop “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement” The series begins Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Brunner Chapel. Subsequent sessions will be on Sundays Dec. 13, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24.
Leaders of the workshops are Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Judy Govatos, Jeff Lott, and Marie Oakberg. This series was developed by Rev. Kate Lore, social justice minister at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon. Due to the nature of the workshops, which require small-group discussions, registration for this series will be limited to 30. A waiting list will be kept for openings that occur.
Free registration for the workshop series is available online (click here)—or call the church office to reserve your place. You do not need to be a member of First Unitarian Church to participate. The series is not limited to those who think of themselves or identify as white, but all participants should commit to attending at least three of the four sessions: Dec. 6 & 13 and Jan. 17 & 24.
Child care will be available for all four workshops for persons who register and request it by December 1. Check the boxes on the online registration form or tell the church office the dates and number of children for whom you will need child care.
Special Offering Tomorrow—
Don’t Forget the Refugees
Tomorrow is the day to make your contribution to Guest at Your Table, the annual grassroots fund drive of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
According to Rev. Bill Schulz, head of the UUSC, this year’s campaign is focused on the needs of the world’s millions of refugees:
This year Guest at Your Table highlights the empowerment of refugees and displaced people, which is one of UUSC’s major focuses as the world faces the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. As UUSC celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we’ll look back to our origin: Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp began UUSC by helping European refugees escape persecution from the Nazis.
The recent response across the United States to the resettlement of Syrian refugees here is shocking and shameful. Where is our compassion? Where are our values?
Let’s stand on the side of love for all who suffer from oppression, be it from Nazis or ISIS. Let’s have the biggest response in our congregation’s history to the Guest at Your Table drive. Bring your boxes to the service—and if your don’t have a box, bring your checkbook.
A new 10-minute video by Caleeb Watson focuses on the work of the Wilmington Peacekeepers, including Lamotte X, Terry Walls, and Bilal Hawkins. UUs are prominently featured as a part of the Movement for a Culture of Peace, of which First Unitarian Church is a founding partner.
Undying Support for ILYA
Recently the family of a First U member who passed away asked that donations be made to ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) in memory of their mother in lieu of flowers. The response was a testimony to how loved and respected this woman was—and continues to be. Over $2000 was given. These donations are especially timely as ILYA recently received a number of requests for supportive grants.
“Through donations like these, we’ve recently assisted three young people aging out of foster care with security deposits to obtain first apartments and to help purchase books for the last semester of college,” says Lois Morris. “Some of these young people were able to save up a portion of the required funds from jobs they hold while attending school. Others are not able to manage a full course load and a job, and thus have no savings to fall back on.
“By providing assistance, ILYA may be helping these young adults establish the first stable home of their own they’ve ever had. We’re definitely supporting their ability to build a responsible and successful future.”
Talk about a legacy that lives on! The ILYA team and all the young people it supports are very appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by this woman during her time with us, by her family and all those who donated in her memory.
Today, Chad Tolman and Elizabeth Siftar will be representing First UU Wilmington Green Sanctuary/NC3 with Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, and other environmental justice groups in defending adequate implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan at DNREC.
The public comment meeting will begin at 6:00 pm at
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) Auditorium
89 Kings Highway
Richardson and Robbins Building
Dover, DE, 19901
This is a follow-up to the inter-faith petition drive that Green Sanctuary sponsored earlier to urge Sens. Carper and Coons and Rep. Carney to vote in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Elizabeth writes: “We consider this a moral issue. We are now at the stage of state implementation and the push-back is well organized to degrade the CPP implementation in DE. We in the faith and environmental justice communities are committed to staying the course in getting CPP adequately implemented in Delaware.”
After the hearing, there will be a public comments period. Green Sanctuary/ Interfaith Power and Light will be mobilizing within our church congregations to express broad support for full and timely implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Our congregational support will be important to move DNREC and our legislators to make the right decisions for the health of the citizens of our state.