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.

 

 

 

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.

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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

Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace – Saturday, Sept. 22

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Let’s bring everyone together—city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, Asian, and Hispanic; native-born and immigrant; advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jew; young and old; people of all political views—to show that we are one community opposed to violence, poverty, racism, and exclusion.

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Who: All Peace Loving People
What: Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 – Steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Adams Street Courts “Under the Bridge” at 2nd & Jackson Sts. 2018 March Map
The march will be followed in the same location by “Bringing It Back to Peace,” a community rally and fair sponsored by 302 Guns Down.

If you attend any Peace Week Delaware event this year, this should be the one.

IMG_7826What is the Movement for a Culture of Peace?

The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit, and community groups formed in 2014 in response to ongoing violence in Delaware. Supported by dozens of partner organizations, it has organized peace marches in a different Wilmington neighborhood each year.

In 2016, the Movement launched Peace Week Delaware to advocate for non-violent solutions to Delaware’s high rate of violence and other justice issues.

Look for a new initiative from the Movement in 2019: Nonviolent Wilmingon. Join our Movement!

Peace Week Delaware – Sept. 15-23

Trans Activist Sarah McBride
will speak at First Unitarian

The third annual Peace Week Delaware will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 15, and run for nine days. Nearly 100 events are scheduled across Delaware. 

First Unitarian Church is more than a little involved. Our members are in leadership positions on the Peace Week Steering Committee, as well as in the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which launched Peace Week Delaware in 2016.

First Unitarian will once again sponsor a Peace Week event:

Sarah McBride and the Fight for Transgender Equality

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the author of “Tomorrow Will Be Different:Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality”. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to the state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws.
Date/Time: 09/17/2018 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Categories: New Castle County
Sponsored by:First Unitarian Church, https://firstuuwilm.org
Questions: Lynn, lynningersoll@gmail.com, 302-575-0575

Make plans now to attend this and other Peace Week events, inclusing the fifth annual March for a Culture of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

Postcard Campaign for Gun Reform

 

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Delaware UU Congregations Banding Together

All of the Delaware UU congregations are participating in a postcard signing campaign to support SB 163 which bans the sale of assault weapons.

If you are not able to fill out a card at a Sunday service, you can participate in the campaign virtually by clicking the link below.

Virtual Postcard Campaign

Volunteers will transcribe the information you enter to create a hand written postcard to your Senator.  The first round of postcards will be hand delivered to individual Senators on Lobby Day–April 17th.

Please take action to support this important legislation to reduce gun violence in Delaware.

Let’s Do More to Prevent Gun Violence

Learn About Pending Legislation in Delaware

Third Sunday Justice Talk
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Sunday, April 15, 9:15 to 10:15
Brunner Chapel

Following the March for Our Lives and anticipating consideration of significant new gun safety legislation in Delaware, we have invited Dennis Greenhouse, chair of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence legislative fund, to speak about successful legislation at the state level and what’s coming before the General Assembly in April and May.

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We will also conduct a postcard campaign in support of SB 163, which would strictly regulate assault-style weapons in Delaware. Come to learn how you can help pass common-sense gun laws that will make our children and communities safer.

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force.