“Moral leadership of progressive religious communities is sorely need right now. As we care for another, we will find our way forward to a post-pandemic world that is more just. We can only navigate this unprecedented time together.” – Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Here is a new press release from the UUA President – Practicing Now for a more just Post-Pandemic Society
Widening the Circle of Concern
“The work of becoming more equitable, inclusive, and diverse within our congregations is justice work. If we cannot do this well, we cannot be effective as justice partners.
A frequent criticism of anti-oppression and hospitality work is that people are tired of us focusing internally, “navel-gazing,” rather than working on issues in the world. Yet greater awareness of the practices within our own institutions is complementary work to our justice. We cannot do accountable justice work if we are not able to remain in good relationship with those most affected by the conditions of injustice.”
“A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.” – Meister Eckhart
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Montesquieu
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass
Dear Liberal Allies by Trungles
Visitors in the Struggle for Racial Justice by Aisha Ansano
Chalica is a week long holiday celebrating the Seven UU Principles. It is a time of reflection, community, and living our faith.
Here are some ways to help you celebrate.
A Prayer for Rising to the Occasion by Laura Horton-Ludwig
To the People who Have Mistaken Freedom for Justice by Theresa I. Soto
A Thought to Ponder:
Should you be kind to people who hurt you? What about people who commit really terrible crimes?
Orange picture credit: Kris Nobis Cervantes
From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray’s Facebook: “To be a faith of action with love as our doctrine doesn’t mean we live it perfectly, but it does mean we are called again and again to learn, to make amends, to restore relationship, to choose love.
Read more on the essential spiritual and moral value of love in my column in UU World.“
“Cyntoia Brown received clemency!
While we still have much work to do to change our justice system, we are celebrating this victory.
Thanks to all who organized for this win, and thanks to Cyntoia Brown for never giving up!” – From the UUA Facebook
Rev. Michael J. Crumpler reflects on his presence at Dr. Christine Ford’s testimony and how we all are witnessing a monster, but through affirming the worth and dignity of victims, we diminish the power of monsters and create survivors. Through truth survivors can be set free.
“The earth is filled with magnificent diversity of which I am a small piece. May I remember I am a part of the spectacular beauty of a diverse world dependent on that diversity—my existence—for its survival.”
This article includes a prayer but also links to justice both spiritual and not. As well as a link to purchase the poster below.
The racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of African Descent not just in the United States, but around the world, is a moral outrage. As Unitarian Universalists, our dedication to global justice, equity, and dignity leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography and work for an end to the injustices faced by black people in our communities, so that every person is treated equally.
This UN Event is important to us all. For those who cannot go there is a link on the page to Live stream on Tuesday November 3, 2015.