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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion, themes of concern to us as Unitarian Universalists and as human beings.
The Rev. Peter Morales issued the following statement reacting to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) recent policy change:
“I applaud the Boy Scouts of America for amending its adult leadership standards policy to include gay scout leaders. The development of a more inclusive BSA will not only strengthen it as an organization, but will benefit all boys and young men who look to scouting for guidance."
The Rev. Peter Morales issued this statement following the news of a shooting attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four U.S. Marines dead:
"I am deeply saddened by yesterday’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and my heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims. Initial news reports indicate that the four victims were targeted because they were members of the U.S. military, a tragic reminder of the dangers that our women and men in uniform face at home as well as abroad. We honor their service and their sacrifice."
On July 13, thousands of people including hundreds of Unitarian Universalists wearing Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts marched in Winston-Salem, NC, in support of overturning a vicious voter suppression law that was being argued just down the street inside a federal courthouse in the case N.C. NAACP v. McCrory. Participants carried signs that read, “Protect Our Vote,” “North Carolina is Our Selma” and “Black Votes Matter.”
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Lena Gardner issues a call to action for the Week of Righteous Resistance (July 12-18) taking place across the country and talks about her own experience as a leader of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis on the Standing on the Side of Love blog. She writes, "Sacred love is the force beneath justice, when you love all Black people as deeply as your own family, then you will find the courage to help end the killings, the imprisonment, the widespread injustice."
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In celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers and congregations offered free weddings for same-sex couples nationwide on July 11 and 12, in an event called #JustMarriage.
More than 5,000 Unitarian Universalists from around the world gathered for five days of workshops, worship, and witness around the theme of “Building a New Way.”
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Every Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire, asks congregants to give to the weekly offering, much like many other Unitarian Universalist congregations. And then Nashua does something unusual: they give it all away. Read the full story in UU World.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued their 5 to 4 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing federal recognition of same-sex marriage. With this decision, marriage equality for same-sex couples has become the law of the land nationwide. In celebration of this historic victory for equal rights, UU ministers and congregations will offer free weddings for same-sex couples nationwide on July 11 and 12, in an event called #justmarriage.
“Where we choose to worship is sacred space. To violate that space is unconscionable. In less than two weeks, we have witnessed that violation again and again. First, with the horrific massacre during Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, SC, and now, with suspected arson at a number of African American churches in southern states."
On June 27th we gathered with leaders from the Lummi Nation to advocate for justice: for people and the planet. This event at our 2015 General Assembly in Portland, OR was part of Commit2Respond, our broad movement for climate justice.
“Today the U.S. Supreme Court stood on the side of love with its 5 to 4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges establishing federal recognition of same-sex marriage. I applaud the court’s ruling as a major step in recognizing full civil rights for LGBTQ people. The ruling is cause for celebration."
“The crisis of climate change is the gravest threat facing our world today, and as people of faith and conscience we are called to respond to the moral imperative to advance climate justice. The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee therefore applaud Pope Francis for focusing the world’s attention on the threat of climate change by issuing ‘Laudato Si’ or ‘Praise Be to You,’ a papal letter addressed not just to Catholics but to ‘every person living on this planet.’"
"News of last night’s shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, SC, fills me with a profound sadness. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and to the entire Emanuel Church community."
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation of Columbia is one of more than two dozen Unitarian Universalist churches across the country participating in an unofficial “Black Lives Matter” banner campaign, which has grown in response to highly publicized police violence toward people of color in communities nationwide.
As Unitarian Universalists, we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. In our congregations and spiritual communities, we welcome all, we affirm same-sex marriage (and have for decades), and we continue to challenge laws and attitudes that discriminate.
On June 27th we gather with leaders from the Lummi Nation to advocate for justice: for people and the planet. This event at our 2015 General Assembly in Portland, OR is part of Commit2Respond, our broad movement for climate justice.