Please join the Peacemaking Potluck on Wednesday, March 12th as we begin our discussion of A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time, by photographer and peace activist John Noltner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Noltner has brought together fifty-two one-page peace stories, with photographs, from a broad spectrum of people. As such, he expresses the view: “When we hear someone’s story, he or she becomes more human to us. It is the first step in building understanding and it begins with dialogue.” Over a series of gatherings, we will use our reading and discussion to develop our own peace stories.
Beyond Diversity by Rev. Marisol Caballero
This sermon was preached by Rev. Caballero of the First UU Church of Austin, TX as a guest preacher in San Diego following the DRUUMM conference in January. I hope it is inspirational to you. If you would like to engage in further reading around racism and white privilege, I invite you to look at some of the links below the video.
If racism is a topic that you feel strongly about confronting in UUism, please consider coming to the ARE Conference in Ohio this March 14-16th, or the simultaneous people of color conference, if that is appropriate for you. Carpooling is available with Elizabeth Mount/ 720-560-5680 or email@example.com
More resources can be found below:
Is your spiritual imperative blind?
• Centering Thought and Order of Service http://bit.ly/1dA31jF
• DRUUM (Diverse and Revolutionary UU Ministry) website http://druumm.onefireplace.org/
• DRUUM/ARE Conference http://www.roarwithsoul.com/
• Poet, Christopher D. Sims http://about.me/christopherdsims
• On the Question of Race, Alicia Chambers (Poem) http://teachart.msu.edu/racequestion….
• A Campus More Colorful Than Reality, NPR http://n.pr/1aBXm6y
• ” … if you wish to love me …”, JooYoung Choi (blog, scroll to end of Feb 20, 2010 entry) http://jooyoungchoi.wordpress.com/201…
• Defining Racism, from “Why Are All The Black Kinds Sitting Together in The Cafeteria?”, Beverly Tatum (pdf) http://bit.ly/1mrhVuL
• Anti-Racist Cookbook, Parker and Chambers http://www.beyonddiversity.org/anti.html
• Beyond Diversity Org http://www.beyonddiversity.org/index….
• Definition of Womanist, Alice Walker http://bit.ly/1dlJywT
The Rev. Clark Olsen was recently honored with the Courageous Love Award from Standing on the Side of Love (SSL), an award that recognizes the special individuals and groups who live our values of peace and justice out loud in the world. A minister of our UU faith for over twenty years, and a civil rights activist who stood with Rev. James Reeb in Selma, AL in 1965, Clark Olsen’s leadership, passion, dedication, and courage is an inspiration to all. Visit SSL to read a special message from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales honoring Clark Olsen.
This blog post comes from remarks delivered by The Rev. Peter Morales on the eve of the Mass Moral March in Raleigh, NC. Click here to see The Rev. Peter Morales’ full remarks in celebration of The Rev. Clark Olsen.
Today, we reflect on the long history of the struggle for democracy in the south. This issue of voter suppression goes back to the 1960’s. Civil rights were under attack. Racist practices were keeping African Americans from voting. In 1965, Unitarian Universalist ministers James Reeb, Orloff Miller and Clark Olsen answered the call from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Selma.
What follows is a story of heartache and tragedy. Many know that as these three ministers walked on the sidewalks of Selma, white supremacists attacked them. The Rev. James Reeb died two days later as a result of his injuries. Orloff and Clark lived, and each one of us here today honors their sacrifice, their struggle, their pain, and their fervent hopes for a future of compassion and equality. Tonight, the Rev. Clark Olsen is with us and I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize his life of service.
Simply put, the Rev. Clark Olsen is an extraordinary man. His career spans the parish, service in our Unitarian Universalist Association and the business world. As the son of a Unitarian minister, he carried on in his father Arthur’s footsteps. Clark was ordained in 1959 and served as minister for over 20 years in three congregations. For two years he led at the national level as vice president of program and planning for the Unitarian Universalist Association. He served on numerous continental UUA committees and on the board of Starr King School for the Ministry, our UU seminary in Berkeley, California. For 28 additional years, Clark served as a consultant and trainer for nonprofit organizations and for Fortune 500 corporations, specializing in strategic planning, organizational culture change, management and supervisor development, and team building. During those 28 years, he continued to serve the denomination in numerous ways. And we are so thankful he did.
Clark, today we honor your many contributions to our faith. Your leadership, your passion and dedication, and especially your courage, are an inspiration to all.
Our Standing on the Side of Love campaign bestows a special award – the Courageous Love Award – to individuals and groups who live our values of peace and justice out loud in the world. The award is for those who demonstrate in extraordinary ways, the conviction that all are born with inherent worth and dignity. This award is for those who take a stand for the oppressed. This award is for you. May we emulate your strength and your heart.
With deepest appreciation,
The Rev. Peter Morales
MOVE TO AMEND
The MABCO Executive Committee Meeting is Monday, March 10 at 7pm at the North Asheville, Library. contact Ruth Christie/ firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, March 14 at 7pm in Sandburg Hall, “Speciesism: The MovieModern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners. FMI about Movie Night, contact Charles Wussow/ 828-505-0839.
WOMEN’S BRUNCH BUNCH
March 15, 10am 23 Edwin Place. Women may also bring their own place settings, if desired. For further information, please call Melinda Elkins/ 828-275-4811
“HOW TO DESTROY A DEMOCRACY STEP BY STEP”
will be presented by Dan Carter of Pisgah Forest, NC at the March meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, on March 16th from 2-3:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Rd., Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA). What is a democracy? How has it functioned over our 138 year history as a nation? Dan will explore the forces that are undermining an always imperfect system to the point that it ceases to represent the great majority of Americans in any meaningful way. Discussion time and informal conversation with light refreshments will follow Carter’s talk.
MOUNTAIN JUSTICE SPRING BREAK – WV
The Mountain Justice team in Doddridge County, WV is hosting college students and people of all ages March 9th-16th to learn about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (MTR) and its effects on our environment. There will be workshops on related extractive industries, like fracking and nuclear power, Non-violent direct action organizing trainings, and discussions of current events like the West Virginia water crisis and Duke Energy’s recent Coal Ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River. You are welcome to attend all or part of this event. Contact Elizabeth Mount/ 720-560-5680 or email@example.com
HAYWOOD RESPITE CARE CENTER
Please donate through the middle of March, any of the following items for the Haywood Respite Care Center for homeless, recovering patients: look for the bin as you enter Sandburg Hall. Needs: toiletries, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toilet paper, powder, cleaning supplies like Clorox wipes, furniture polish, etc. For more info on how to help, contact Barbara Kruszewski/ firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNGER IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY
The Hunger Committee collects healthy food donations to supplement Manna Foods provision for needed families of students at Issac Dickson Elementary School 2x a month. This involves drivers going to Manna to pick up the bags and bringing them to Edwin where we are supplementing with juice, fruit and a protein when space allows. Our biggest need are some folks to be a part of the committee. Contact Susan Steffe/ email@example.com
ROOM IN THE INN
If you are able to help, please email Martha Shepard.
HABITAT FOR THE HOMELESS
Build Dates to be selected (offsite) For all those Habitat for Humanity supporters, begin signing up for build dates. To sign up, come to the Social Justice table on any Sunday morning or call Tom Dessereau/ 828-225-3786.
PRITCHARD PARK BREAKFAST
Next date in Spring, 2014. Meet in Pritchard Park to prepare breakfast for those in need. Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com
REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY
Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com
ADVOCACY TRAINING: Attention Letter Writers, Emailers, and Armchair Activists!
Join the effort to facilitate UUer’s advocacy to their elected and appointed government officials. Our goal is to provide the tools to write a quick and effective message. Please contact Jane Kniffin/ Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved in our second Hope-to-Home team happening this fall to support a formerly homeless person recently placed in housing. We will be joined by 3-5 Quakers. Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Kestrel3@gmail.com
Please consider attending the Allies for Racial Equity annual conference this year. ARE is the white partner group to DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries). Elizabeth Mount, the co-chair of Earth and Social Justice Ministries at UUCA, will be attending and presenting. For more information or to talk about carpooling, please contact Elizabeth Mount/ 720-560-5680 or email@example.com
Friday, March 14 – Sunday, March 16, 2014
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116
The annual conference offers Unitarian Universalists who identify as white the opportunity to develop their anti‐racist, anti‐oppressive analysis and practice. Whether this will be your first or fifteenth anti‐racist conference, there will be opportunities to learn, grow & explore how you can turn your commitment into action.
Conference & Registration Information:
“Being the Leaders in the World Our Allyship Calls Us To Be” by Chris Crass
Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Chris is a Unitarian Universalist and has organized with UUs nationally in Arizona in 2010, and led anti‐racism workshops nationally and regionally.
He is the author of Towards Collective Liberation.
* Building a Movement for Justice
* Seeing the World Differently
* The Frontlines of Environmental Justice: Fighting for People and the Planet
* We Can Do This!: ARE & Moving Towards Collective Liberation
* So What Does This Mean for White Ministers?
We are very excited to share the space and some programming with attendees at a concurrent People of Color conference themed: “Why Do People of Color Want to Be UUs.”
For more information, contact Samuel Prince
Questions? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Reflection on the Mass Moral March by ESJM Co-Chair Tom Dessereau:
Forward Together… Not One Step Back! The chant could be heard for several blocks before we actually joined the crowds waiting to march through Raleigh for the HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jane Street) protest. The original estimates of 25,000 people had grown to a crowd of more than 80,000 by the time it was over.
Groups from all over North Carolina as well as supporters from Tennessee, Georgia, New York made up the crowd. One look around showed that the diversity was as great as the number of reasons for being there. Race, gender, age, economic status, religion, every group was represented. And, UUs’ were everywhere! It was difficult not to find someone wearing a “Standing on the Side of Love” shirt.
My nine-year-old daughter summed it up well as she said “Even though it was cold and we had to stand for a long time, I would never stop marching for freedom. And hopefully it will come true.”
Reverend Dr. William Barber electrified the crowd and spoke of the reason we were all there: The need to move ahead and counter the draconian changes that were brought about in our legislature over the last year is paramount. He challenged to crowd to respond to the limitations on voting rights and women’s rights, the cuts and detrimental changes to education as well as the cuts to food stamps and the failure to expand Medicaid.
And all important, Rev. Dr. Barber outlined the goal for the coming year. When we asked who was willing to pledge to sign up 10 new voters before the next election, every hand of the 80,000 was raised. Plans are now underway to start this new voter registration drive and to organize the election day mobilization to insure that everyone, regardless of party affiliation gets out to vote. Clearly, the voices of all the people need to be heard.
To join the movement, contact email@example.com
In the five years since President Obama took office, hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart by deportations, including many here in Western North Carolina. Please join us this Thursday at 7pm at First Congregational UCC Church as we gather to support local families fighting to reunite with their loved ones through the Bring Them Home project. Listen to the voices of “undocumented, unafraid, unashamed” North Carolinians as they share their personal experiences with unjust immigration policy and call on the Obama administration to let their loved ones come home.
Bring Them Home is a project of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), which has done extraordinary work over the past few years to shine a light on the cruel, absurd underbelly of U.S. immigration policy. As the result of the first two Bring Them Home actions last year, dozens of young people were successfully reunited with their families in the United States. Building on these successes, over one hundred people will cross the border next week in an attempt to return home to their families.
In addition to showing your support in person on Thursday, please consider donating to help make Bring Them Home a reality. The eight participating North Carolina families have been working hard to raise funds but still need to come up with a great deal more before the action begins next Monday. You can donate online here: http://www.gofundme.com/6tq1oc.
Also, DreamActivist.org will donate this month’s proceeds from their “DreamArtivist” store to Bring Them Home. For $20, you can purchase an amazing print by an undocumented artist from Georgia entitled “Bring Them Home: the courage to brave The Wall” — https://action.dreamactivist.org/dreamartivist.
Thank you so much for support. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Additional reading on families separated by deportation –
And on NIYA, whose track record is as remarkable as it is audacious –