Many UUs received the following message from Susan Leslie, the UUA congregational advocacy and witness director. We’re sharing in on the Connector to see whether some of us might wish to go to Philadelphia on Monday, July 25.
A powerful collaboration is emerging between UUA President Peter Morales and William Barber, founder of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina.
Dr. Barber delivered a magnificent sermon at this year’s UUA General Assembly. A three-minute video excerpt is here.
We’ve all been traumatized by the violence we’ve witnessed in our nation in the past weeks. We need to take time for lamentation, and we also need to speak out and act. There is much that faith communities and we UUs can do to support the Movement for Black Lives, and for justice, right now.
Join The Revival. On Monday. July 11th, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales joined up with The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values tour with Rev. William Barber, II—architect of the Moral Monday Forward Together movement, Rev. James Forbes, Rev. Traci Blackmon—United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries Director, and Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus.” UU Society of Cleveland hosted the event that featured prophetic witness, testimonials from a Black Lives Matter leader, a Muslim community organizer, a Syrian refugee advocate, and a youth activist. The faith community embraced these community leaders and joined local organizing calls for actions and plans for next steps to support those in our communities who are crying out for justice. (A video of the event is posted on The Revival website.) The national leaders also held a press conference earlier in the day and marched to the Republican National Convention headquarters where they delivered the Higher Ground Moral Declaration calling on the 2016 presidential candidates, senate candidates, and governors to advance a moral agenda.
We’re encouraging UUs to join The Revival tour and to sign the Declaration. UUs in Philadelphia are on the organizing team for the Revival there next Monday and delivery of the Declaration to the DNC. The UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury and other Boston-area UUs are getting ready for the Revival in Boston on August 1st and UUs in Charleston, SC are preparing for the one on August 8th and we are hearing from UUs in other cities where the tour is scheduled.
Support Movement for Black Lives Organizers. The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists Organizing Collective is asking UU congregations to provide meeting and healing spaces to Black organizers. Seventy congregations have already signed up.
Take Time for Healing and Lamentation. See the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Resource Guide, developed and sent out last week, designed to address the need for healing from traumatic experiences. Download Guide here.
We’ve learned that tonight’s rally will include a short march from 8th and King to the intersection of 4th and King. It will still begin at 6:00. Carpool plans are the same—meet at 5:15 in the church parking lot. About 15 to 20 UUs will be going.
Monday, 6:00 pm at 4th and King Streets
Carpooling available from First Unitarian Church
From Rev. Roberta Finkelstein:
We have learned that there will be a march and rally to affirm that Black Lives Matter in Wilmington on Monday, July 11th at 6:00 pm.The organizers are working closely with the Wilmington police to ensure a peaceful event, and Chief Bobby Cummings has said, “Police officers will be there to support and protect demonstrators.”
If you would like to carpool to the rally from First Unitarian Church, meet in the church parking lot (Whitby Road, behind the church) at 5:15 pm.Wear your Standing on the Side of Love gear if you have it.
Rev. Roberta and Barry Finkelstein will be at the rally. As more details become known, we will post them here on the Connector. Questions? Email Jeff Lott.
UUA President Peter Morales (Photo by Nancy Pierce)
Black Lives of UU calls for congregational action.
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the most recent racist violence against the Black community:
“This past Tuesday, July 6th, Alton Sterling was murdered by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The following day, Philando Castile was murdered by police near Minneapolis, Minnesota. My heart is broken. I am disgusted. These are only the most recent examples of the ongoing violence by police against people of color, especially African American men. Enough is enough. This police violence must stop. We must demand justice again and again, day after day.
“Why is it that police de-escalate situations and disarm white people every day, yet they use deadly force with African Americans? Why does our society implicitly condone the murder by police of people of color?
“Our Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective has issued a call to action that I echo. ‘As the BLUU Organizing Collective, we know that many Unitarian Universalist congregations may be wondering how they can support in times like this. Consider this statement a call to action for UU churches across the continent to open up your doors to Black community organizers free of charge to offer an explicitly Black space.” You can read BLUU’s full statement here.
“The racist violence against the Black community by police needs to end. It will not end unless people of all races, especially white people, demand it. Enough.”
Join the Planning Team for the UUUNO
Intergenerational Seminar on Ending Armed Violence
April 5–8, 2017
Members of First Unitarian Church will remember the visit and sermon by Bruce Knotts, director of the UU United Nations Office. Now there’s an opportunity to help the UUUNO plan an intergenerational seminar next spring on Interfaith Action to End Armed Violence. Topics will include:
Reducing gun violence and the proliferation of small arms;
Nuclear disarmament and the abolition of other weapons of mass distruction;
Use of unmanned drones;
Chemical and biological weapons;
Strengthening global peace and security.
The UUUNO is now recruiting volunteers to join the planning team.Whether you want to have a hand in choosing speakers and performers, or designing a publicity campaign to maximize the reach of our seminar, your voice can be key in making this year’s seminar the most inspiring, action-packed, and transformative one yet.
The UUUNO is seeking both youth and adults to join the planning committee for this life-changing intergenerational event. The planning committee meets weekly by phone starting in September until the seminar April 5-8, 2017.
To learn more and apply to be a member of the Planning Team, click here.
If you’re interested in a deeper leadership role and involvement, consider applying to be a Youth Dean or Adult Dean. The application deadline for deans is July 25th.