To: Donald Trump


morales_barber_groundswellDear Mr. Trump: Will You Advance a Moral Agenda?

As you prepare to take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution, we write with deep concern and prophetic hope for our nation and world. This letter is to share a commitment to meet with you in a house of worship prior to your inauguration, if you desire to hear our voice of counsel and challenge.

At the heart of our religious traditions, the moral values of love, justice and mercy compel us to seek the common good in society. When you place your hand on the Bible and promise to fulfill the duties of the office to which you have been elected, you will assume leadership of a government that exists to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our children.”


Climate Change: Defining Moral Challenge of Our Times

DeIPL LogoSome of us have met Lisa Locke, executive director of Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, who wrote in yesterday’s News-Journal that “climate change is the defining moral challenge of our times.” Members of First Unitarian Church have been strong supporters of DEIPL and many of us agree that among the many moral challenges we face today, climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to the long-term survival of our planet and our species.

Lisa was writing in response to a glib and misinformed column by the conservative chang denier Susan Stamper Brown, whose column appeared nationally, including in the News-Journal.

Lisa responded with logic, facts, and force:

“On the day Ms. Brown’s piece was published, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their Arctic Report Card. Jeremy Mathis, director of NOAA’s Arctic Research Program stated, ‘Rarely have we seen the Arctic show a clearer, stronger or more pronounced signal of persistent warming and its cascading effects on the environment than this year.’

“We’ve heard the message repeated: There is agreement among more than 97 percent of (peer-reviewed) climate scientists that climate warming is occurring, due largely to human activity, with emissions of greenhouse gases at their highest levels in recorded history. Indeed, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”


Read Lisa’s entire column here.

Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation

if-_you_have_comeWorkshop with
Chris Crass
on January 14

With the Movement for Black Lives and the Indigenous Nations-led struggle at Standing Rock, the movement for racial justice continues to move us all forward.  In this time of mass incarceration, mass deportation, anti-Muslim sentiment, and profound economic inequality, we stand in an urgent call for people of faith to move toward the collective liberation required for the Beloved Community. 

What can we do in these times to live our Unitarian Universalist values in the service of bringing down institutional inequality and building up beloved community in the process?

Join us for an interactive workshop with longtime anti-racist/collective liberation organizer, author, educator, and Unitarian Universalist Chris Crass to explore how we can rise in these times for racial justice and collective liberation.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd., Newark DE  19711

Lunch and childcare will be provided.
Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for youth.
Scholarships are available.
Register online:



“I believe in our ability to learn from the past, organize for tomorrow, and practice our visions and values today. I believe in our ability to work for systematic change, while simultaneously building beloved community and supporting one another’s personal transformation in the process. I believe in collective liberation and I believe in our ability to win. I believe a better world is possible.”

Anti-Racism and Collective Liberation

Anti-racism is a process of seeing the power of liberation as abundant and socially necessary for the physical, emotional, and psychological health of all people. White supremacy leads white people to believe that only certain people can have access to power and that those certain people constitute a ruling class made up, primarily, of white people. Anti-racism is a commitment to changing this world view through struggles to transform the conditions in society. When we say “anti-racist,” we mean the work that makes those changes, and the process of political development white people must go through to actually believe that a liberated world is possible and that all people can—and must have power over their lives.” —Chris Crass, Towards Collective Liberation 

“Collective liberation is a concept I first heard from bell hooks who talks about the interconnection of systems of oppression in the form of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. For me, as a white person challenging racism and as a man working for feminism, I began to see myself in a vision of interconnected systems of liberation. The more I worked in white communities against racism and for racial justice with a collective liberation vision, the more it became spiritual work. It was spiritual as I began to see and experience the devastation of white supremacy on white communities. I had seen it in my own family, in my Grandfather and in my uncles: the resentment and anger towards Black and Brown communities, anger and resentment that was toxic and ate away at their and other white people’s humanity, their sense of justice, safety, and democracy in the world. Now, as a father with two young white boys, I understand anti-racist work as fighting against the monstrosity of white supremacy that steals the lives of Black and Brown children and devours the humanity of white children.” —Chris Crass, Towards the “Other America,” 

Books by Chris Crass

Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. (Chalice Press, St. Louis, 2015)

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, is for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. This collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. (PM Press, Oakland, Calif., 2013)

Rising Hate: What To Do?

main_content_trump_graff_wideElection Stress / Rising Hate Talk:
Healing and Moving a Community Forward

Rev. Roberta Finkelstein will co-lead a special meeting
of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow

 Monday, Dec. 5
6:00 pm
First & Central Presbyterian Church

 This discussion will be led by:

  • Rev. Roberta Finkelstein of First Unitarian Church
  • Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston of Mother African Union Church
  • Rev. Paula Maiorano of UU Church of Southern Delaware 

2dd366-20161110-maple-groveCome let your voice be heard as we work to develop solutions for our community 

Questions? Please contact Rev. Maiorano at or Joan Priest at


The meeting will also include a special presentation by the Ivy Planning Group, the consulting firm assessing state employment disparity issues that were uncovered by Delaware Faith in Action with the support of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the Coalition. The Ivy Group will provide and overview of their business—how they assess a client’s environment, types of recommendations from their findings, the role they play, and the impact they have on an organization.