“On this #TransDayofVisibility, may all Unitarian Universalists declare our unapologetic support for trans people. As a parent and a faith leader, I know that #translivesaredivine. At the UUA, we emphatically denounce the vicious attacks happening in state legislatures around the country against trans people and their lives, well-being, rights and access to healthcare.
To dehumanize another is distort and damage one’s own humanity. This country is in dire need of more humanity, more compassion, more love and more justice for all.” – From UUA president Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. – click here for more education and activities
Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, uplifting the beautiful lives and important work of trans & non-binary folk. We share this collaborative poem “Beyond Resilience” created by trans & non-binary writers as part of Forward Together’s annual art project. “Trauma is not our name. Survived is not our identity. The future is unbound, the chains are broken.” #tdov2021
“The Unitarian Universalist Association joins leaders across this country in calling for the immediate removal of Donald Trump as U.S. President.
As a religious institution, we live faithfully our role as a part of the critical fabric of our country’s moral conscience. And as Unitarian Universalists, we hold democracy as a central principle for our faith. We must use this moment as an opportunity for profound reflection and awakening, not just in a momentary outcry, but as a basis for significant and lasting change.”
“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
Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m Cricket and I feel blessed to serve this congregation as a lay leader. I’m glad to see all of you here today. Thank you for joining us.
[If guests] I’d like to welcome our guests. Thank you for taking a chance and taking the time to walk through our doors and join us for worship.
Let us use the prelude for centering. We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention. Please silence your phones… and as you do so, I invite us also to turn down the volume on our fears; to remove our masks; and to loosen the armor around our hearts. Breathe.
Let go of the expectations placed on you by others—and those they taught you to place on yourself. Drop the guilt and the shame, not to shirk accountability, but in honest expectation of the possibility of forgiveness. Let go of the thing you said the other day. Let go of the thing you dread next week. Be here, in this moment. Breathe, here.
Prelude: Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel) by Billy Joel
“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.”
I am excited to announce a new council of UU clergy and leaders from across the country, co-chaired by the Revs. Beth Johnson and Abhi Janamanchi, and gathered to support justice organizing with our partners at the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. I am so grateful to each council member for their commitment to moving organizing forward during this pandemic.
Learn more about council leadership online and get details on how to participate in upcoming digital mass meetings on April 30 and May 28. I look forward to being with all of you as we join our voices to say that everyone has a right to live!