An Update From Our Immigration Issues Action Group

By Kitty Wilkomm and Lorraine Jacobs, Co-Chairs We offer opportunities to deepen everyone’s understanding regarding immigrant and refugee experiences. Sanctuary Discernment news and schedules are posted on the church bulletin board in the hallway, under the “Sanctuary Discernment at First Church” section, posted on an easel display, and at the Social Justice Table during coffee […]

Reflections on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly 2017

By Bruce Wiggins, Denominational Affairs Coordinator This year, for the first time anyone can remember at First Church, we had a full slate of 16 member delegates to conduct our association’s business at General Assembly (GA). Eleven attended GA in New Orleans while five were off-site delegates. Janet Nortrom, who attended in person, shares her […]

UU Latinx DACA statement

Immigration

To our Unitarian Universalist siblings,                                                         Sept. 6, 2017 Spirit of Life, Love and Justice we are hurting. We feel betrayed by the United States government and the people who support the current administration. We are […]

Our Sanctuary Discernment Continues

By Patricia Geenen, Immigration Issues Action Group By sharing knowledge and experiences at Sanctuary Sunday gatherings (the second Sunday of each month) and through ongoing research with relevant experts and stakeholders, the Sanctuary Discernment Team continues to gather and disseminate information about the risks and rewards of declaring solidarity with immigrants and refugees in the […]

Reflections on the 2017 Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly

By Bruce Wiggins, Denominational Affairs Coordinator This year, for the first time anyone can remember at First Church, we had a full slate of 16 member delegates to conduct our association’s business. A total of 11 attended General Assembly (GA) in New Orleans, two attended remotely via computer, and three who attended our Regional Assembly […]

A Minister’s Reflection: Charlottesville

Reflection

This weekend, white nationalists terrorized the people of Charlottesville, Virginia, spewing hate and committing violence. The group committing and encouraging terrorism was organized and intentional, and many people are terrified. Many are also broken-hearted, while others are enraged. And many of us, while distressed, are also unsurprised. Sadly, this weekend’s festering boil of white supremacy, […]

Promoting Justice

By Bruce Wiggins, Social Justice Council Chair Our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is leading UUs to move beyond stating our values of “Taking Action” to promote justice and compassion. Together with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), they have published a Declaration of Conscience that congregations can adopt and individuals can sign on to. Nearly […]

Institutional White Supremacy

stop racism

By Celie Koneazny, YRUU youth member White Supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of other racial backgrounds and should therefore be in control of everything politically, economically, and socially. But what is white supremacy to the teenagers of today? So far, it has been something to talk about and analyze […]