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January 2017 - Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
Chalice Lighter grants are funded by small donations from Unitarian Universalists across our large MidAmerica Region of the UUA, pooled together to help congregations with specific growth projects.
The MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee, comprised of representatives from all three of the former districts, considered the single application that was received. We are pleased to announce that the application from the Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota was approved for full funding.
- The congregation has asked for funding to add summer ministry by hiring a minister for the summer to provide and oversee worship services, offer adult education and offer pastoral care. It is a congregation that has undertaken very intentional and careful planning leading up to this point, understanding that summer is a time when many families are “shopping” for a religious community. Since they are located in an area with many young families, they feel that adding a summer minister along with programming for all ages on Sunday mornings will support their growth efforts.
- Since there was only one application, funds raised over the amount needed for the above-named grant will be put into our “New and Emerging Congregation” Chalice Lighter fund. We will be contacting the ten congregations that formally affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association within the past 10 years to invite them to apply for these funds for a project. We will keep you posted on any grants issued to these new congregations!
For this Winter 2017 Call, please donate by March 31, 2017
Donate to support the Interfaith yUUrt project at Standing Rock. This will include things in support of the Interfaith yUUrt and other matters related to the UU presence at Oceti Sakowin camp.
News and information:
Standing on the Side of Love posted these resources:
We are in a different political time that will require different political skills and organizing in coming months and years. Many folks have been asking for skills to deescalate for interventions and attacks that continue to target Muslims, People of Color, Immigrants, LGBTQ people. We have created a short video primer not meant to be a comprehensive training but an informational entry point for engagement and deescalation using both instincts and discipline to intervene.
What to Do If You Are Witnessing Islamophobic Harassment: A Bystander's Guide to Helping the Person Who's Being Targeted by Marine-Shirine Veren
Action Strategy: A How-To Guide from the Ruckus Society http://ruckus.org/downloads/RuckusActionStrategyGuide.pdf
I woke up this morning feeling no wisdom about what had happened in the election, only a kind of emptiness. I am thankful to hear all the UUs coming together with each other today and with others in their community. That feels right. I was thankful to see all those who are taking this as a moment to recommit themselves to what is highest and most precious. I was thankful to get this email this morning from our UUA President, Peter Morales, reminding us how much our voice for compassion and justice is going to matter in the years ahead. -- Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region UUA
Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offered the following pastoral message as he reflects on the election:
"The election is finally over. Most of us are shocked, even horrified, by the results. We live in a nation whose deep divisions have been exposed. The wounds of this election will not heal soon. Many of us are emotionally exhausted and deeply offended by what we have experienced.