Second Bus Added For Saturday’s March

March and Rally in Rodney Square

March for Lives LogoMore than 40 persons have already registered for the bus from First Unitarian Church to the Wilmington March for Our Lives on Saturday, 3/24. A second bus will be added to ensure that there’s enough space for all who wish to use this service.

There’s room for more! If you are planning to ride and are not registered, sign up here. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person will cover the cost of the bus.

Please assemble in the back parking lot on Halstead Road by 9:15 a.m. to take the bus to Howard High School. From there, we will be marching together to Rodney Square, where there will be a rally to follow including music, informational vendors educating the public on ways we can prevent gun violence in Delaware, and speakers ranging from the students who helped organize the march to some of the sponsors of current gun legislation. 

The bus will be leaving at 12:30 p.m. to return to the church. A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help cover the costs of bus.  Please sign up here to reserve your spot on the bus. Let’s show our community that we support common sense gun laws! Event information can be found on Facebook. Sponsored by our Human Rights Task Force at the First Unitarian Church.

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March for Our Lives—Wilmington

March and Rally in Rodney Square

Sign up for our bus from First Unitarian Church

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First Unitarian Church is organizing a bus to downtown Wilmington for the March for Our Lives event on March 24. March for Our Lives is created by, inspired by and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.

Please join us in the back parking lot on Halstead Road by 9:15 a.m. to take the bus to Howard High School. From there, we will be marching together to Rodney Square, where there will be a rally to follow including music, informational vendors educating the public on ways we can prevent gun violence in Delaware, and speakers ranging from the students who helped organize the march to some of the sponsors of current gun legislation. 

The bus will be leaving at 12:30 p.m. to return to the church. A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help cover the costs of bus.  Please sign up here to reserve your spot on the bus. Let’s show our community that we support common sense gun laws! Event information can be found on Facebook. Sponsored by our Human Rights Task Force at the First Unitarian Church.

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March 18: Third Sunday Justice Talk

Coalition to Dismantle New Jim Crow

Sunday, March 18, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.,
Brunner Chapel

NewJimCrow Logo FreeToSoarDelaware’s Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow grew out of a series of interracial, interdenominational discussions-organized in part by members of First Unitarian Church-of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Since 2013, the Coalition has offered monthly public forums, summits, and conferences seeking to raise awareness and understanding of mass incarceration and systemic and institutional racism. The Coalition advocates for changes in state and local policy to rectify the effects of mass incarceration, institutional racism, and economic inequality, and believes that it is necessary for people of all races to acknowledge the need for racial healing and to collectively work towards a just society. This year’s daylong conference, Power and Change: Dismantling Racial Bias through Community Action will be held on Saturday, April 28. Please welcome Shyanne Miller and Alison Wakelin of the Coalition to our Third Sunday Justice Talk, sponsored by by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force.

Hope Johnson Workshop: Sunday March 4

Navigating the Waters of White Supremacy Is a Balancing Act

hope_johnsonSunday March 4, 12:15 p.m.
Light lunch provided (please register)
Child care by reservation
What do we do after acknowledging the fact that we all live in a world that is governed by white supremacist systems? Please join the Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson for a conversation that includes identifying the elements of white supremacy. How do we find balance as we make the leap from simply swimming, to deliberately navigating these treacherous waters?

Please join us on Sunday, March 4, at 12:15 p.m. A light lunch will be served, and child care is available by reservation. (Please email roberta@firstuuwilm.org to request a place at lunch and/or to request child care.)

Rev. Dr. Johnson serves as a Congregational Life Consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association, while also continuing to stay rooted in congregational service as the Parish Minister of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau, NY. She brings specialties in conflict resolution and multicultural congregational development.  Previously, she served as Minister of Spiritual Life at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, New York and Director of Religious Education at the First Unitarian of Brooklyn, New York.  She also brings a wealth of experience from her years of wider UUA leadership, including the UUA Appointments Committee, the UUA Nominating Committee, the UUMA Continental Good Offices team, and a variety of UU College of Social Justice leadership position, just to name a few.

 

UUA Common Read: Daring Democracy

Discussion at First Unitarian on April 8

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Many Americans are stopped from imagining such a movement’s growing power by the oft-repeated refrain that we are a “divided people.” Yet there is a strong unity in the widespread anger at and sense of betrayal by a “rigged system.” Even on specific issues, there’s more common ground than is typically appreciated. Daring Democracy is about naming this unity and building on it. It’s about digging into the deep roots of this crisis so that we can choose the most powerful steps that we can take right now.

First Unitarian Church will hold a two-hour public discussion of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. This Beacon Press book by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen is about the growing threats to American democracy and what we can do about them. It’s the Unitarian Universalist Association “common read” for 2017–18.

The discussion will take place on Sunday, April 8, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Brunner Chapel. Daring Democracy is available online at InSpirit, the UUA bookstore, or beginning March 4, at the church’s Book Corner. The book easy to read, and despite the enormity of the issue, is practical and positive in its approach to revitalizing democracy. Both adults and teenagers will be inspired by its many examples of successful pro-democracy actions.

Daring Democracy also an important follow-up for our congregation. Some 200 Democracy Spring marchers came through Wilmington in April 2016 on their way from Philadelphia to Washington, where they conducted one of the largest acts of civil disobedience ever held at the Capitol. About 30 of these marchers slept on the pews and floor of our sanctuary, met with our youth, and were fed dinner and breakfast by our members.

Frances Moore Lappé, whose 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet argued that global food deficits are the result of food policies favoring meat production over human consumption of grains and vegetables, calls democracy “the mother of all issues.” She met Adam Eichen, 49 years her junior, during the Democracy Spring action. Their book brings together her long experience and his more recent activism, starting with the Occupy movement.

Daring Democracy starts with three powerful ideas:

  1. To fulfill every public need and to advance every public good, democracy is essential. None of our deepest needs can be served, nor our opportunities or threats met, without it.
  2. Genuine democracy is possible—democracy accountable to the people, not to narrow, private interests.
  3. There is a rewarding, even exhilarating role for each of us in making democracy real. The emerging bi-partisan democracy movement can meet our deep emotional needs. It may even be what our founders meant by our right to “the pursuit of happiness.”

You will learn from this book. Reading it together and discussing it in light of our Unitarian Universalist principles and values will deepen your commitment to this emerging movement.

 

Achieving Racial Justice in Unitarian Universalism

Rev. Hope Johnson will conduct a workshop

Sunday March 4, following the worship service

hope_johnsonOn Sunday, March 4th, Rev. Hope Johnson will be leading a workshop on racial justice in Unitarian Universalism. We will gather for a light lunch immediately after the service in Room 25, then spend a few hours with Hope learning and listening and transforming together. We will be inviting nearby UU congregations to participate in this workshop. We are very lucky to be able to get Hope Johnson on our calendar!

Hope Johnson is a Congregational Life Consultant for the Central East Region of the UUA.  She is also Parish Minister of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau, NY. She brings specialties in conflict resolution and multicultural congregational development.  Previously, she served as Minister of Spiritual Life at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, New York. She also served as Director of Religious Education in Brooklyn.

She also brings a wealth of experience from her years of wider UUA leadership, including the UUA Appointments Committee, the UUA Nominating Committee, the UUMA Continental Good Offices team, and a variety of UU College of Social Justice leadership positions.

This Sunday: Change is Possible

Tired of politics as usual?
Frustrated by the “Delaware Way?”

Network DelawareCome learn about Network Delaware, a new grassroots coalition that leverages citizen-led community empowerment, research analysis, and leadership development to enact lasting socioeconomic change. Now in its second year, the Network supports those in the community who otherwise would think that political, economic, and social change is for the “experts” rather than everyday citizens. Meet executive director Drew Serres and organizer Erika Gutierrez. Learn about the upcoming Delaware People’s Congress.

Sunday, Feb. 18
9:15 to 10:15
Brunner Chapel
Hosted by the FirstU Human Rights Task Force