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

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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 […]

Our Earth Day Commitments

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By Tree Moore After Earth Day Sunday services on April 23, sixty seven congregants made commitments toward healing Earth and its creatures. Food and water – We have 8 new organic gardeners (no pesticides) along with rain barrels and 6 serious composters and worm bin operators, a possible chicken owner, and a dozen folks will boost […]

Is First Church Called to Offer Sanctuary?

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By Kitty Willkomm, co-chair of Immigration Issues Group Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Nogales, Arizona. “Be forewarned,” he said. “This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” and announced plans to “fight against evil flooding up from Mexico.” Although Sessions was referring […]

Racial Justice Work: What We Risk

Black Lives Matter

By Mary DeVitt  —George Addair Black Lives Matter is a call for us to take risks. This is a central message of Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin UUs (BLM2WUU), our collaborative of 5 Milwaukee UU congregations. Since its beginning, the Collaborative has been working together to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton and Jay Anderson, local […]

Immigration as a Moral Issue

Statue of Liberty Immigration

By Kitty Willkomm ~Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President In answer to Rev. Morales’ very clear call to action, our own group concerns, and questions from several congregation members, the Immigration Issues Action Group has scheduled several activities. Group members, accompanied by the Rev. Jennifer, met with Nayeli Rodin-Valle, Los Voces de la Frontera’s local coordinator […]

Challenging a Key Misconception about the Black Lives Matter Movement

Police Officers

By Mary DeVitt The official Black Lives Matter organization publishes a list of 11 Major Misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter Movement. Continuing our efforts to deepen our understanding of the movement, we publish one of them here: #9—The movement hates police officers.  “Police officers are people. Their lives have inherent value. This movement is […]

Addressing our Post-Election Anxiety

Justice

By Bruce Wiggins, Social Justice Council Chair In this post-election time, I found our UUA President’s pastoral message meaningful and helpful: “This is a time to take a deep breath and a long view. Our role as religious progressives committed to democracy, compassion, and human dignity is to help bend our culture toward justice. Think […]

I am Here 

Earth Hands

I am here because as climate change effects roll out, they are going to hit the most vulnerable among us first and they already are. I am here because we know that 2016 was a record year and before that, 2015 was a record year and before that, 2014 was a record year. And I […]