Join UUs at Delaware Community Town Hall Events

A Message from UUDAN — the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network

Unitarian Universalists are urged to join Governor John Carney for a series of community town halls with members of the General Assembly – both Democrats and Republicans – being held across the state.

The governor will join local legislators to discuss his priorities as outlined in his State of the State address, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal, and to listen to ideas from members of the public.

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3UUs all over the country are getting more involved in local legislative actions and so should we! To become more active in the legislative process, we need to inform ourselves about the issues and advocate for progressive change from our grounding and values in a liberal religious faith.

Call your UU friends and go together to your town hall meeting. Here’s the complete schedule of Town Hall Meetings.  The meeting closest to the church is at the Talleyville Fire Hall on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – February 5 – Rt. 9 Library & Innovation Center, New Castle, with Senator Darius Brown, Representative Franklin Cooke, Representative Kendra Johnson, and Representative Melissa Minor-Brown.
6:00 p.m. – February 7 – Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington, with Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, Senator Darius Brown, Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Representative Sherry Dorsey Walker.
6:00 p.m. – February 11 – Carlisle Fire Company, Milford, with Senator Dave Wilson, Representative W. Shannon Morris, Representative Charles Postles, Representative Bryan Shupe and Representative Jesse Vanderwende.
9:30 a.m. – February 19 – Crossroads Restaurant, Kirkwood Hwy, with Senator Anthony Delcollo, Representative Michael Ramone, and Representative Michael Smith.
7:00 p.m. – March 7 – Talleyville Fire Company, Wilmington, with Senator Laura Sturgeon, Representative Krista Griffith and Representative Raymond Seigfried.

Interfaith Opportunity

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Jumm’ah (Friday Prayers)

Friday, Feb. 8, at 11:45am
Islamic Society of Delaware
28 Salem Church Rd.
Newark DE 19713
Non-Muslims are welcome to attend Jumm’ah at the Islamic Society of Delaware. The Muslim community welcomes all who might wish to share this experience. Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly and parishioners of Elizabeth Anne Seton Parish will also attend. The prayer service lasts about 45 minutes. Contact Jack Sanders jack.san@verizon.net for details.
 

Tonight: Film & Discussion

Harvest of Empire
The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Join us for a movie & discussion!

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This gripping documentary reveals the political and social roots that have
driven millions to migrate from Latin America to the United States.

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Negative publicity pervades the public discourse about the families and children crossing our Southern border. They come here seeking asylum because they must flee extreme violence and instability in their own communities. Come learn about and discuss the long history of our policies and involvement in these countries. Popcorn and baked goods will be for sale.

Friday, February 1, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
730 Halstead Road
Off Concord Pike on Whitby Road

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark…”
—Poem by Warsan Shire

Brought to you by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Laster at blaster102@verizon.net.

 

Film and Discussion: Friday, Feb. 1

Harvest of Empire
The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Join us for a movie & discussion!

banner_harvest

This gripping documentary reveals the political and social roots that have
driven millions to migrate from Latin America to the United States.

harvest_of_empire_movie

Negative publicity pervades the public discourse about the families and children crossing our Southern border. They come here seeking asylum because they must flee extreme violence and instability in their own communities. Come learn about and discuss the long history of our policies and involvement in these countries. Popcorn and baked goods will be for sale.

Friday, February 1, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
730 Halstead Road
Off Concord Pike on Whitby Road

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark…”
—Poem by Warsan Shire

Brought to you by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Laster at blaster102@verizon.net.

 

What to Do on Monday

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21

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• January 21, Monday, 2 – 5 pm; Martin Luther King Day Peace March and Community Celebration, Peace March begins at 2 pm at William Hicks Anderson Community Center, 501 N. Madison, Wilmington. The march will end at Be Ready Church, 1411 West 4th. St., where a community celebration will be hosted by Ms. Vanity Constance and Jea Street Jr.

 

 

January 21 – Monday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Letter from Birmingham Jail  Hosted by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Newark Branch NAACP, and Newark United Methodist Church. At Newark United Methodist Church  69 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711. For church lot parking: 62 East Delaware Ave. (This will serve as the Coalition’s Newark Monthly Meeting)

• January 21, Monday, 5:30 pm; A Day of Service. An Evening of Legacy. Dr. Kim and Bill Allen; 2019 BHIM Awards Celebrating Black History In the Making; Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Delaware Historical Society, 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington This is a ticketed event. To learn more and register, click here.

January 21, Monday, 7 pm  9th Ward Interfaith Coalition, MLK Celebration,with music, readings, & thoughts from our youth on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Peninsula-McCabe UMC, 2200 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington.

March Together for Peace and Justice

Could we get together a group of marchers from First Unitarian for the 2:00 Peace March and Community Celebration? We could carpool from the church at 1:30. Submit this contact form if you’re interested in marching:

 

 

 

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Southbridge residents seek solutions

“Not in My Backyard”

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Marie Reed, president of the Southbridge Civic Association, wore a dust mask that says, “Not in my backyard.” (Sophis Schmidt – Delaware Public Media)

At a recent public meeting about a slag grinding company that is seeking permission to build an industrial facility in Southbridge, residents and representatives of Walan Specialty Construction Products discussed the project.

Some residents said they were seeking a “Community Benefit Agreement” on jobs and pollution with Walan before they would support the project. Others, like Marie Reed (above), are taking a hard line against noise and dust from the proposed plant, which would make a powder used as a cement additive.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt was there and filed this report.


Members of the First Unitarian Environmental Justice Task force have been supporting redidents the Wilmington neighborhood of Southbridge as they work to improve the environment there. To learn more about Southbridge and the Environmenta Justice Task Force at First Unitarian Church, contact Deb Haskell.


 

Should We Amend the Constitution to Get Big Money Out of Politics?

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28th Amendment Debate Watch Party

Free Public Event
Monday, Nov. 19
6:15 pm, Room 25

First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Rd. 19803

Jeff Clements, CEO of American Promise, and Bradley Smith, Chair of the Institute for Free Speech will debate: 

“Should we amend the Constitution to authorize political spending limits?”  

The debate will begin promptly at 6:30 and will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Prof. Rodney Smolla, Dean of the Widener University Delaware Law School.

Sponsors: American Promise Delaware Chapter, Human Rights Task Force of First Unitarian Church, League of Women Voters of New Castle County, DelCOG, Network Delaware, Delaware Get Money Out, and Pacem in Terris.