Alhumdulillah, we had an amazing interfaith event at the Islamic Society of Delaware tonight. It was a blessed gathering of people from our Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist Communities, which came together for the sake of humanity, to mourn the loss of innocent lives that were lost last Friday in New Zealand. We were also honored by the presence of our elected government officials and law enforcement representatives.We would like to thank each guest that attended the vigil tonight and also thank each person that has reached out with comforting words over the last 3 days. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with our law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to address the safety and security concerns of our community.We take solace in knowing that our brothers and sisters from Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Emeth, Temple Beth El, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hindu Temple, Sikh Community of Delaware, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Church of Latter Day Saints, Baha’i Community, Jewish Family Services, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, as well as our Governor of Delaware, John Carney, our US Senators, Tom Carper and Chris Coons, our US Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, our Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, our Delaware State Senator, Bryan Townsend, our County Executive, Matt Meyer, our Attorney General, Kathy Jennings, our Delaware State Representatives Paul Baumbach and Ed Osienski, our US Attorney’s Office, our Delaware FBI Division, our Delaware State Police, our New Castle County Police, our Newark City Police and many others that attended the vigil tonight are with us in combating hatred and building bridges that will keep us united.Eternally Grateful, ISD Management
A pop-up carpool to the solidarity rally at the Islamic Society will leave from First Unitarian at 5:15 this afternoon. Assemble in the back parking lot between 5:00 and 5:15.
Show your to support for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Delaware
Because we respect their faith and their right to practice it.
Because they, like the victims and survivors of hate in New Zealand, live in fear.
Because Unitarian Universalists show up. Bear witness. Bring love.
Because this must change. And we must change it.
A message from the Interfaith Vommittee of the Islamic Society of Delaware in Newark:
The tragic mosque shootings that occurred today in Christchurch, New Zealand has shaken our community to the core. Many innocent lives were lost in this senseless act of violence. While we are saddened by these events, we are also thankful for all the outpouring of support and love from members of other faiths.
Please join faith leaders, social justice activists, allies, friends, and other community members as we gather to mourn the victims of this horrific incident.
LOCATION: Islamic Society of Delaware
28 Salem Church Rd, Newark DE 19713
DATE: Sunday, March 17, 2019
TIME: 6 – 7 PM
Pop-Up Carpool from First Unitarian Church. Meet at 5:00 pm in the Halstead Rd. parking lot. Depart promptly at 5;15 pm. Wear Standing on the Side of Love if you have it.
Coming up this week are two actions
that you might consider supporting or joining.
The first is an exciting movement by children—a strike for action on climate change. It is being supported by many parents and children in our congregation. The kids will skip school this Friday, with their parents’ permission. Many will attend a climate rally in Philadelphia. Here’s the detail:
Youth Climate Strike
Our children and youth are interested in participating in the Youth Climate Strike which is taking place in the United States and all over the world on March 15. Originally we hoped to have a strike in Delaware. This is happening too quickly for us to arrange a local strike though.
Instead, we will join the Youth Climate Strike in Philadelphia at Love Park. The strike is from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. We will carpool or rent a van depending on the number of children, youth, and adults who plan to accompany us.
This is an actual STRIKE. Children and Youth are striking by not attending school.
For more information about the Youth Climate Strike check out:
Here are the details (as sent by Catherine Williamson to the CYRE email list):
- First U will be open for children and youth at 8:00 am.
- Make signs to take with us. 8:00 am – 10:00 am.
- Leave for Love Park in Philadelphia around 10:15 am
- Return to First Unitarian Church around 3:30 pm
- First U will be open for children and youth until 5:45 pm, as needed.
- Everyone is asked to bring a lunch and refillable water bottle. (If you are unable to provide your child/youth with a lunch, please contact Catherine Williamson and the church will provide a lunch.)
- Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 pm.
- Please fill out and bring the permission form.
Please dress for the weather! If it rains, feel free to send a change of clothing for when we return to church.
If you would like to contribute to helping our children and youth get to Philadelphia please make checks payable to First Unitarian Church and in the memo put Youth Climate March.
The second action is a canvas for the Smart Justice Campaign. The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network asks you to participate in a door-to-door canvas on Sunday, March 17, starting at the Elsmere Library. Here’s more about this action and how to participate.
Canvas Launch for Smart Justice
A robust package of justice reform legislation should be introduced shortly in the General Assembly. Network Delaware, the ACLU and other groups have organized a door to door canvasing campaign to support this legislation:
Canvas Launch for Smart Justice
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 PM – 6 PM EDT
Elsmere Library, 30 Spruce Avenue, Elsmere, DE 19805
Support the Campaign for Smart Justice and canvas to end the era of mass incarceration. Whether you’re an experienced canvasser, or doing it for the first-time, they’ll have the materials, training and food/drink to help you make an impact in getting folks involved! This is the first in a series of canvassing in multiple locations across Delaware.
Also, don’t forget to sign the Petition for Smart Justice.
Cultivating Change Conference
Saturday, Feb 23, 10:30am-4pm
West Chester University
Sykes Student Union
PICC’s Executive Director will be speaking on a panel about immigration at the Cultivating Change Conference at West Chester University. Coming from a “immigrant rights are human rights” perspective, this session will offer information on key issues of the moment.
This is a free conference, but registration is required. Register here!
A message from the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Human Rights Task Force
POP UP PROTEST — TODAY!
NO WALL: NO EMERGENCY
Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic, and unpopular wall on the US-Mexico border. We know Trump is making up this emergency to get his way despite the refusal by Congress to authorize the wall. And we refuse to stand for it.
Join your fellow Delawareans to say NO to the emergency, NO to the wall, and YES to dignity and respect for all immigrants
1PM – 3PM
Rodney Square North
1101 N King St.
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Endorsed by the UUDAN Safe Communities Campaign
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.
UUs 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.