This Sunday: Refugee and Immigration Crisis

Sunday, November 11
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd.,
Wilmington 19803



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.

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Church Human Rights Task Force
Questions? Becky Laster,

Show Up for Shabbat This Weekend in Solidarity with Pittsburgh


A message from the Jewish Federation of North America:

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history — the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This Shabbat, we are responding with our greatest show of solidarity: A continental Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

At synagogues, community centers and homes across North America, we will be gathering together in prayer, compassion and unity — as one people. And as the Federation Movement. From Toronto to Tampa. From Milwaukee to Montreal and in every city and in between, we stand as a reminder of the power of community. 

Here’s how you can take part in #SolidarityShabbat and #StandWithPittsburgh, and here are some resources for Solidarity Shabbat. We are pleased to partner with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on #ShowUpForShabbat and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on #NeverIsNow.

Here in Delaware, according to the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the following congregations are inviting visitors during their Shabbat this weekend.

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth
6 pm Friday night and 9 am Saturday morning
4412 Washington Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Shalom
6:30 pm Friday night and 9:30 Saturday morning
Egalitarian Conservative
1081 Baynard Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Emeth
7 pm Friday night and 9:30 am Saturday morning
300 West Lea Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Temple Beth El
6 pm Friday night
301 Possum Park Road
Newark, DE 19703

Chabad Lubavitch
5:50 pm Friday morning and 9:30 Saturday morning
1811 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE 19810

Seaside Jewish Community
7:30 pm Friday night
18970 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth, DE 19971

Welcoming the Stranger

A Syrian refugee holds her newborn daughter at an International Rescue Committee clinic in Ramtha, Jordan.

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,

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.


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: Walk-ins also accepted.

Inclusive Thinking


“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.


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.




Do You Believe Dr. Ford?

Show your support for a fair hearing.

Public witness at First Unitarian Church
on Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Blasey Bleieve

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has bravely come forward and shared her story about her sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Even though Dr. Blasey Ford has repeatedly stated her desire to testify and share her story, Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to shame, bully, and force her to testify under their unacceptable, inappropriate conditions.

At 1 p.m. EST Monday, join a national walk-out to show your support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out – of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are – and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

Join us at 1:00 Monday at First Unitarian Church to support Dr. Ford. We’ll stand vigil on Concord Pike, rain or shine.

Come early if you can to make (waterproof) signs. We’re contacting the press to cover our local demonstration as part of a national movement.

Invite your friends to follow the national movement on Facebook