“I raise my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
“What Our Women Can Do” a sermon given by Reverend Monica Dobbins February 18, 2018
Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values.
Chalica begins on the first Monday in December and lasts seven days. Each day, a chalice is lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle. Not all Unitarian Universalists celebrate Chalica, but it has a growing following. There is a Chalica Facebook page, blog, and many Chalica-themed videos on YouTube.
Here is an article from UU World about it.
This year we will have a daily blog post for all seven days of Chalica. It will include a few activities, a reflection, and a video reading.
Hope you enjoy celebrating this unique holiday with us.
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.“
“This week the UU World published an article that was harmful to trans people people in the Unitarian Universalist movement. Many cisgender (non-trans) UUs are wondering how to best understand and support non-binary folks, trans women and men, intersex people, and others most affected by the article when they talk about it with other cis people. Here are some tips.”
Here is the full article from the Transforming Hearts Collective “Tips for Talking about the UU World Article“
Earlier this week, UU World published a problematic, hurtful, and harmful article. Instead of writing my own response, I am passing the mic. In their article on Medium, CB Beal “Centering the Marginalized: symphony and triptych” describes why the UU World article was so upsetting and how we can do better in the future.
“When we want to do justice, and I believe that UU’s do, we have always to ask ourselves “Who is this about, and where is their story?”” – CB Beal
Alex Kapitan also made a public response on Facebook.
And here is the Response from TRUUsT : “Putting the “T” First: Public Statement on This Week’s UU World Article” written by the TRUUsT Steering Committee.
Please read them and share them widely.
Image Credit to Su’ad Abdul Khabeer from their twitter account @DrSuad.
Here is an article from Elaine McArdle published in UU World about the crisis at our border.
“Central American asylum seekers, fleeing violence at home, may be released from detention centers to sponsors’ homes.”
“A volunteer lawyer informs migrants on what to expect when requesting asylum in the U.S., at an office in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, April 27, 2018. Close to 200 migrants from Central America, mostly from Honduras, arrived in Tijuana seeking to enter the United States. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)”
“We have an absurd amount to learn, or unlearn, about race in this country. America allowed slavery to exist by seeking out personal and regional salvation at the expense of universal salvation. Our country felt better about itself because with the South as the identified patient, it never had to look at its own addiction.”
This reflection by Nathan Ryan is part of healing and of the work we need to be doing.
Photo Credit: UU World
Easter is tomorrow. Sometimes this can be a difficult holiday for Unitarian Universalists. What do we do? How do we celebrate? I found two articles and a meditation about Easter for consideration and thought today.
May we always be looking for new ways to renew our spirits. May we always be looking for hope.
Wrestling with Easter by Doug Muder
Be Open to Resurrection by Scotty Mclennan
Being the Resurrection by Rev. Victoria Weinstein
“We have much work to do,” she told the assembly. “I believe we are up to it. I look forward to working with you on this transformative path ahead.” – Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Yesterday, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was installed as the first woman president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. UU World’s Christopher Walton wrote this article.
She [Karen Van Fossan] has three recommendations for UUs everywhere who want to join the fight to protect the sacred lands and water rights of the Standing Rock Sioux.
- Raise awareness of the struggle among UUs wherever you are.
- Encourage UUs to travel to Standing Rock, if they can, to bear witness and take the story back home.
- Build solidarity at home—wherever home is for you—and organize actions to stop the pipeline.
Remember that no matter how small your voice may be, it is still a voice.