Welcoming the Stranger

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Refugee and Immigration Crisis

A community forum designed to build understanding and heighten compassion about the legal and personal issues of immigration, asylum, and refugee status in our state, nation, and world.

Sunday, November 11
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington 19803

Speakers include:
Prof. Mary Brigid McManamon, Widener University Law School
Basha Silverman, Jewish Family Services Refugee Resettlement Program
Dalissy Washington, Network Delaware Safe Communities Campaign
Doyle Dobbins, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Church Human Rights Task Force
Questions? Becky Laster, blaster102@verizon.net

Stand in Solidarity with the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh

Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm
University of Delaware Campus
Steps of Memorial Hall at the North Green

Join members of the Jewish community, Jewish students, and our friends and interfaith allies at the University of Delaware Memorial Hall. We come together to mourn and honor the memories of those killed, and to oppose the hate behind the horrific shooting on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Hosted by: Hillel at the University of Delaware, Temple Beth El, Congregation Beth. Emeth, The Siegel Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Delaware

Filling Your Justice Toolbelt

The Greater Philly UU Cluster is inviting all area UU congregations to the following event.

A Hands-on Advocacy Workshop

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Main Line Unitarian Church
816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333

How can UUs make a more just and peaceful world? Find out at this legislative advocacy workshop. Join other area UUs in fellowship and learning as we explore strategies to get engaged at the member-level and congregational-level. Bring your experiences and best practice ideas to share with the group.

Facilitators:

Rev. Rob Gregson (Exec Director of UUFaithActionNJ)
Richard Williams (Director of UUPLAN)

9:00 – 9:30 Meet and Greet
9:30 – 12:00 Workshop

FREE event! All welcome. Download a flyer (pdf) here.

Please register by October 29 for planning purposes (e.g. refreshments, handouts, etc.) at: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/filling-your-justice-toolbelt/ Walk-ins also accepted.

Inclusive Thinking

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“Will the new minister hear me?”

“Will my concerns and needs be met?”

“Will the minister understand what I’m living with?”

“How will the community respond to our minister?”

In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender, gender identity, nationality, physical ability, race, and sexual orientation) comes to mind.

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What’s your picture?

With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister.

On the weekend of Oct. 27-28, First Unitarian Church of Wilmington will participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The First Unitarian Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members, and friends to participate in this workshop on Saturday, and to attend worship on Sunday, when Rev. Kron will preach the sermon.

The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. In the workshop, First Unitarian members and friends will.

  • Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
  • Learn more about the ministerial search process, and
  • Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.

You may register online or by calling the church office at (302) 478-2384. We’re looking for participation by at least 60 members and friends. Currently about 30 are registered. Strong attendance will show that we care about these concerns in our search for a new minister, Your participation matters in the success of our search.