Tips for Talking about the UU World Article

“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

We can do better. We should do better.

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.

Unitarian Universalists offer homes to asylum seekers in caravan

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.”

Photo Information:

“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)”

Our Faith’s Complacency in Racism

“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

 

The New UUA President

“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.

Namaste,
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