Lent is coming

#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.

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

It is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here are some thoughts: from Rev. Sean Dennison

Today is a sacred day,
a day to remember and mourn,
a day to count the cost of so much hatred.
But don’t think that saying the names
of my 368 siblings–
(a number that rises so fast that by the time
we are done with our rituals, it may be more,
and more again)
almost all of them my sisters,
black and brown sisters–
don’t think saying their names
is enough.
It will never be enough.
Each year I am asked to absorb
the losses of hundreds
of my people, my family.
To use the word “tragedy,”
instead of genocide.
To express grief
instead of rage.

I am tired.
For decades now, I have mourned.
For decades now, I have politely
listened to lists of names, mispronounced
and loved too late, honored only
posthumously.

I want to know.
Can you love me while I live?
Can you love my siblings?
My black and brown sisters?
Can you love them no matter
the choices they made to survive?
Can you love them politically?
Can you love them personally,
allowing them to come into your church?
your home?
your heart?

I am tired.
Because these hundreds of names
are not even all.
These are only the ones who died
at the hands of someone else’s hatred.
That number does not count the ones
I have lost to self-hatred, to despair,
to hunger and cold.
It does not count the ones who are dying inside
because seeing all this,
they don’t dare to live.

So today, when you ask me to perform
my grief and sorrow on your stage,
Do not be surprised if it comes with
rage. If it comes with weeping so fierce
that I cannot speak, cannot breathe.
If it comes with wailing so loud
that (if only, if only) it could wake the dead.

And tomorrow, when the world moves on,
and I am left alone again,
with all of this,
all my beloveds dead
all my people endangered,
all the pieces of my broken heart
still piercing and bleeding,
still enraged
still heavy with grief,
Will you still remember?
And more importantly,
What will you do?

 

TRUUsT calls on Unitarian Universalists everywhere to take immediate action to live out the above truths and directly support trans UUs. #TDOR #WontBeErased

This evening there is a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance this evening in Morgantown at the Morgantown Church of the Brethren-Mennonite at 6pm.

Taking on the Doctrine of Discovery

What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of the indigenous peoples of North America.

It is observed on the second Monday of October, thus coinciding with Columbus Day, a United States federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. This holiday is increasingly controversial due to the catastrophic impact of the arrival of European settlers on Native Americans. Consequently, several states do not recognize the holiday, and others celebrate it as Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a counter-celebration and protest against Columbus Day: South Dakota officially celebrates Native American Day on the same day as Columbus Day, and other states have an “American Indian Day” (eg. Tennessee and Nevada) or “American Indian Heritage Day”. The dates differ from state to state. The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix, Arizona, declared their first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2016. from CalendarPedia

Often children are taught about 1492 and his three ships and not much else. There were serious repercussions to his invasion and the following conquests of the Americas. Repercussions that are still affecting us today. We need to take it on. For more information. 

As a way of celebrating and educating, I thought a podcast was in order. I hope you enjoy the VUUs discussion of Taking on the Doctrine of Discovery with Kia Bordner and Rev. Clyde Grubbs.

https://www.questformeaning.org/vuu-latest/228/

Namaste,
Cricket

The VUU streams live on Facebook every Thursday at 11 am ET. We talk social justice, Unitarian Universalism, religion, spirituality, and whatever else is topical and interesting!

Hosts: Meg Riley, Michael Tino, Aisha Hauser, and Christina Rivera; production support provided by Jessica Star Rockers.

The VUU is brought to you by the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Worthy Now Prison Ministry

Yesterday, we posted about the prison strike and the UUA’s call to action. This episode of the VUU is all about Worthy Now, CLF’s Prison Ministry and how we can help.
https://www.questformeaning.org/vuu-latest/227-clf-worthy-now-prison-ministry-w-mandy-goheen/

 

 

The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley, Michael Tino, Aisha Hauser and Christina Rivera, with production support provided by Jessica Star Rockers.

The VUU streams live on Thursdays at 11 am ET.

Note: This audio has been slightly edited for a better listening experience. View the live original recording on Facebook.

Worship Invitation and Reminder

Worship Invitation and Reminder
The BLUU Ministerial Network’s Summer Online Worship Series, Black Being, will conclude with worship on Sunday, August 19th at 9pm EDT, and we hope Black UUs and UU-adjacent folks from far and wide will join us for the fourth and final installment of the series, Be a Witness! If you haven’t already, join our Facebook group here and/or join our email list by completing the form at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/mailing-list for more information about and access to worship.
Also, if you can’t make it on the 19th, we will resume offering two online worship services a month beginning in September. We will be together each month in explicitly black sacred space on the 1st Thursday at 9pm ET and the 3rd Sunday at 4pm ET via Zoom. So be on the lookout for these announcements!