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We are seeking to covenant with each other to find new ways of partnering and standing together on the side of love for the flourishing of our world, our communities, our congregations and our members.
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April 28 - 30, 2017
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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.
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 of issues like marriage equality and civil rights. The laws change when attitudes change. Our role is to help change attitudes, to lead by example.
Fear, anger, racism and xenophobia have created fertile ground for demagogues. Our voice is going to matter in the coming years. Our role, as always, will be to be a powerful voice for compassion and civil rights. Perhaps, at times, we may even be called upon to join with others to resist flagrant injustice.
For now, let us reflect and draw strength from one another. Together we can recover. Together we can shape the future."
Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
Every once in a while we have a Chalice Lighter call cycle when we do not receive any applications. This fall is one of those times. When this happens, it’s been our practice to put a call out for funds to support congregations in their work around a specific area, like support emerging congregations or youth and young adult programs.
Your MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee has decided to apply funds from the Fall 2016 Call to assist congregations in supporting Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).
According to their website (www.blacklivesuu.com), “Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith.”
One of the ways congregations can do this is use Chalice Lighter funds to cover the cost for Black UUs who wish to attend upcoming Unitarian Universalist gatherings, like BLUU 2017 Convening in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, or MidAmerica’s Regional Assembly in Oak Brook, Illinois, April 28-30, or next year’s General Assembly which will also be in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25.
Funds could also be used to help MidAmerica congregations create and display their own Black Lives Matter banners, or help cover the cost of replacing banners that have been vandalized.
Another way congregations could help support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism could be to respond to BLUU’s call of action encouraging UU congregations to open their doors and make meeting and healing space available to Black organizers during times of crisis, such as the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Congregations could use Chalice Lighter funds to cover expenses related to refreshments, copy services, and use of office space.
Bringing speakers to a UU cluster event might be another way to use a small grant from Chalice Lighters.
For this Fall 2016 Call, please donate by Saturday, December 31, 2016
|Bismarck-Mandan UU's November newsletter includes a letter from Rev. Ian Evison|
Hundreds of people are coming from all over the country to express their concerns with the pipeline. This pipeline was originally proposed to cross the Missouri River a few miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota but was nixed because of possible water contamination. Please see this article (first paragraphs) from the Bismarck Tribune newspaper http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-route-plan-first-called-for-crossing-north-of-bismarck/article_64d053e4-8a1a-5198-a1dd-498d386c933c.html
Our Bismarck-Mandan UU Church is a drop-off site for donations for the Sacred Stone Camp to support concerned citizens on site; a list of needed supplies can be found at www.sacredstonecamp.org.
(Photo at right taken from our FB page https://www.facebook.com/BismanUU/) Bismarck-Mandan UU Social Action Working Group (SAWG) - Ronya Hoblit, Karen Van Fossan, Carol Jean Larsen, and Wayde Schafer - with loaded Subaru filled with supplies for Standing Rock Nation's Sacred Stone Camp defending water against the Dakota Access Pipeline.