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.
This quote from the article spoke to me, “Each presidential campaign cycle seems to have less and less to do with governing or democracy, and more to do with deepening our divisiveness. Democracy requires disagreement and the skills to manage it, listening and tolerance.” What spoke to you?