|Just Acts: Witness, Act, Connect – March 24th Convening, Earth Day & More|
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|Our faith has always told us that we are interdependent and that we need connection. If we didn’t always feel that in our bones we certainly have felt it through the experience of this pandemic. We’ve learned even more deeply through our UU the Vote, Side with Love, and other justice organizing campaigns that all our efforts for justice must be rooted in connection and that relational organizing is the solid core of all our work.|
The UUA Commission on Social Witness is looking at how we can transform our social witness process with these understandings that move us beyond simply adopting statements at General Assembly to witness, connect and act. Please see their invitation below to Witness, Connect, Act! A Social Witness Convening on Wednesday, March 24th, 7-9 pm ET/4-6 pm PT. Please join the Commission on Social Witness, UU the Vote, and various speakers who have been acting on our current Actions of Immediate Witness for this interactive event.
UU Ministry for Earth is offering an Earth Day/Earth Sunday worship service and other resources for collective action during their Spring for Change: Season of Sacred Activism which begins with the Spring Exquinox on March 20th. The Earth Sunday worship service will be available on April 8th–sign up for it on the Spring for Change page.
Stay tuned for UU the Vote updates on the For the People Act (S1) as it moves to the Senate in the next couple of weeks. We can transform our democracy!
|Witness, Connect, Act! A social witness convening|
Wednesday, March 24, 7-9 pm ET/4-6 pm PT
|While many of us celebrate the promise of a new administration in the White House, things we care about — advocating for racial justice, countering white supremacy, protecting our democratic freedoms — are still at risk.|
By the thousands, Unitarian Universalists made their voices heard through the UU the Vote campaign. UU the Vote showed us all how vital and powerful we are acting together. Inspired to grow more connections for collective social witness action for a wide range of values at risk, the Commission on Social Witness invites all UUs to Witness, Connect, Act! A Social Witness convening to share and connect UUs for inspiration and ideas.
|The spring Convening will take place Wednesday, March 24, 7-9 pm ET/4-6 pm PT to bring together leaders from around the country to share updates on actions, including leaders of both Actions of Immediate Witness (below), UUtheVote, and more. All will have the opportunity to connect and share ideas and inspiration related to recent action statements. Commissioners will also review how to make new statements at GA 2021, and provide an opportunity to connect in advance of GA.|
|Recent statements are:|
Our Democracy Uncorrupted (2019 “Statement of Conscience”)Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism (GA 2020 “Action of Immediate Witness”)Amen to Uprising: A Commitment and Call to Action (GA 2020 “Action of Immediate Witness”)Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (DRAFT “Statement of Conscience”)
If you are doing work related to any of these statements, or seeking inspiration and ideas for such work, this meeting is for you. We will share ideas, build relationships across the country, and envision new ways to bring our values to life in the world.
To register, click here.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Today marks Day 51 of the new administration. UUSJ is engaging in federal advocacy on behalf of UUs around the country. Please take their survey to let them know what is most important to you and respond by March 19th. It will take just a few minutes of your time. If you have questions, please contact info@UUSJ.org.|
Spring is coming! Let’s Witness, Connect and Act! March 24th and beyond!
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Holy one, help us to remain open to hope however it shows up in our lives. Help us to orient our hearts and our spirits towards being present to witness it.
(From A Prayer by Rev. Jessica Clay, Minister, First Parish UU Brewster MA).
On behalf of the UUA Organizing Strategy Team
| Susan Leslie|
Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director
UUA Organizing Strategy Team
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