International Day of Trans Visibility

“On this #TransDayofVisibility, may all Unitarian Universalists declare our unapologetic support for trans people. As a parent and a faith leader, I know that #translivesaredivine. At the UUA, we emphatically denounce the vicious attacks happening in state legislatures around the country against trans people and their lives, well-being, rights and access to healthcare.

To dehumanize another is distort and damage one’s own humanity. This country is in dire need of more humanity, more compassion, more love and more justice for all.” – From UUA president Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. – click here for more education and activities

Image text reads: “Unitarian Universalists unapologetically proclaim that trans lives are divine. On this #TransDayofVisibility and every day, we uplift and support all of the trans and nonbinary people in our lives, our congregations and communities.”

Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, uplifting the beautiful lives and important work of trans & non-binary folk. We share this collaborative poem “Beyond Resilience” created by trans & non-binary writers as part of Forward Together’s annual art project. “Trauma is not our name. Survived is not our identity. The future is unbound, the chains are broken.” #tdov2021

Commitment to ending Anti-Asian Violence

The UUA Decries Anti-Asian Violence

Additional Connections

  • The UUA is in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) and we share their statement with you.
  • If you identify as an Asian/Pacific Islander UU, you can join DRUUM’s APIC Facebook group.
  • Stop AAPI Hate was established to help people report hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Stop the “lone wolf” narrative by Nicole Cardoza

Graphic of person holding sign that says “Stop making excuses for white violence”

The work of @soni_artist on Instagram.

Commitment to Social Justice

Each of us ministers to a weary world by Darcy Roake

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray posted this on her facebook this morning, “Family separation and child detention is deeply cruel and inhumane. It must end.

Join me and our partners at the UUSC: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to call on the Biden Administration to shut down the immigration detention system in the United States and fully restore asylum at our borders.”

Child Detention is Coming Back: Here’s How to Stop It

May we all be committed to taking action to change our world for the better. #dailyprayer

UU Lent 2021

#UULent is designed to be used individually, as a family, or as a congregation. For each day in Lent a word has been selected. Each day participants are invited to reflect on the meaning of the day’s word, then create a photograph that represents the word, idea, practice, or concept and post it here and/or elsewhere.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and for each day until Easter, the word for the day and a related quote will be posted. Reflect and engage throughout the day, checking for the word and quote in the morning, then come back later in the day to add your photo* and to see the images and words others have shared throughout the day (*YOUR photo – please respect copyright!).

May this intentional practice and discipline impact your daily life in ways that bring you closer to your spiritual core and offer you resiliency for life.

Here at West Fork Unitarian Universalists we will strive to post a reflection each day on the word of the day. We look forward to journeying through this season of contemplation with you.

Special thanks to Mr. Barb Greve, Karen Bellevance-Grace, and Alex Kapitan for their work on #UULent

Global Belly Laugh Day!

Global Belly Laugh Day encourages people across the world really laugh out loud  on January 24. In fact, the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World suggests that  at 1:24 p.m. local time you give yourself over to a great big belly laugh, no matter where you are. If people are confused, that’s okay, because they’re sure to start laughing too. Even if you don’t explain it to them, you’ve all had a good laugh (and they’ll probably laugh more later when they tell their friends about the wacko laughing at nothing!). More Here

Activity 3: UU Humor

Unitarian Universalist jokes

Imagination and Collective Liberation

In our quest for truth we often stick to fact-based reality over emotionally driven idealism, but in our shared human experience we witness the power of the imagined.What is the role of radical imagination in collective liberation? How can we intentionally create the future for which we long and dream?

John Biewen The Long View, I: On Being White

Or Check out the Book – The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity By Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish of the Radical Imagination Project
“The idea of the imagination is as evocative as it is elusive. Not only does the imagination allow us to project ourselves beyond our own immediate space and time, it also allows us to envision the future, as individuals and as collectives. The radical imagination, then, is that spark of difference, desire and discontent that can be fanned into the flames of social change. Yet what precisely is the imagination and what might make it ‘radical’? How can it be fostered and cultivated? How can it be studied and what are the possibilities and risks of doing so?

This book seeks to answer these questions at a crucial time. As we enter into a new cycle of struggles marked by a worldwide crisis of social reproduction, scholar-activists Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish explore the processes and possibilities for cultivating the radical imagination in dark times.

A lively and crucial intervention in radical politics, social research and social change, and the collective visions and cultures that inspire them.”

Thirty Days of Love

Thirty Days of Love is our annual celebration that runs approximately from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January through Valentine’s Day in February. It is an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.

In 2021, 30 Days of Love will focus on four themes from a recently published report called Widening the Circle of Concern, which was developed by the Commission on Institutional Change, a UUA Board commissioned group charged with researching, reporting, and making recommendations for transforming white supremacy and other oppressions in the institutional history and practices of the UUA and its 1,000-plus congregations and covenanted communities.” – Find more here

We think this is a wonderful project. We will be following along with Side with Love and on Mondays and Thursdays will post content for 30 days of Love.