Wilmington Peacekeepers

Great video by Caleeb Watson about the Wilmington Peacekeepers and their anti-violence work. Unitarian Universalists are not only seen, but mentioned in the interview with Brother Lamotte X, president of the Peacekeepers Association. You’ll see lots of yellow shirts here.

 


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/200753510″>It's all about LOVE! &quot;Wilmington Peacekeepers Assoc.&quot;</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/caleebawatson”>CALEEB A WATSON</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Advocacy Workshop Saturday in Newark

Wow. Activism is back! Here’s another opportunity to learn how to work for change within our democratic process—a workshop on legislative advocacy and action at the Newark UU Fellowship on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9:30 to 12:30.

Here’s the description:

A FREE public forum featuring a panel discussion about engaging with the legislative process as citizen advocates, followed by a presentation on using social media for positive social change. Confirmed speakers: Rep. Paul Baumbach; Kathleen MacRae, Executive Director of ACLU-DE; John Flaherty of Delaware Coalition for Open Government. Anne Green will speak about social media. Networking time with area nonprofits after the presentations. Organized by the UUFN Social Justice Committee.

This is exactly what various march organizers have in mind for us to do—to advocate, legislate, and make change on the local and state level.

You can register for free at Eventbrite.

Thanks to Donna Shand of the UUFN Social Justice Committee and Jan Owens for reaching out after the AMAZING march in Newark on Saturday.

Inauguration Events at FirstU

Healing the Heart of Democracy 

January 19 and 20

On Friday we inaugurate a new President. We here at First U will mark that event by affirming our deepest values.

On Inauguration Eve, January 19, we will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a simple soup supper and then we will hold an all-ages Reaffirmation of the Principles of Unitarian Universalism. 

On Friday, January 20, the sanctuary will open at 1:00 p.m. for silent reflection. At 1:30 p.m. we are thrilled to offer a program by Lee Reinert, a trained facilitator in Joanna Macy’s Active Hope and the Work that Reconnects. Dr. Reinert is a long time environmental activist, a Quaker, and an expert in deep ecology. Learn more here

Courage. Collective liberation. Together.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

If you would like to hear Chris Crass speak, he will be delivering the sermon at UU Mill Creek on Sunday, Jan. 15.The service begins at 10:30. Details are here

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to urge you to attend “Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation,” a workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9:30 until 3:00. I’m really looking forward to hearing from nationally known author and activist Chris Crass at this important moment in our movement. Chris brings amazing energy and wisdom at a time when we cannot afford to lose heart. Courage!

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Chris Crass

Chris’s message of Collective Liberation—that unless everyone gets free, no one gets free—is more vital than ever. I’ve read his books and heard him speak, and he has convinced me that fighting for racial justice is primarily the responsibility of white people. It is our work within our hearts and across our communities to overcome white privilege in all of its ingrained, insidious, invisible, and institutional forms. People of color did not create white supremacy and it is not “up to them” to eliminate it. It is up to us.

Like many of you, I’ve been deeply disheartened and fearful since Nov. 8. To be honest, I’ve been paralyzed by the daunting task we face in the coming years—finding myself full of doubt and lacking my usual energy for the fight. I’m counting on Chris Crass—and you—to help us break out of our Trump slump. I’m counting on all of you to come together to re-energize and make a commitment to racial justice and collective liberation.

Help me make this happen by renewing our common commitments to justice. If you do nothing else to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., come to UU Mill Creek on Jan. 14. The details are at this link and you may register here. You will not be disappointed.

In peace.

Jeff Lott