Justice Ministry and Public Witness 

The Justice Ministry Team requests the congregation to continue to discuss making a congregational justice statement. This process can help us communicate among ourselves to find collective justice initiatives and share them with the larger community.

Our Task Force will to continue to discern a message from the congregation specifically supporting marginalized groups who suffer from discrimination locally and nationally. 

Please participate in our on-line poll even if you participated with our dot survey in June.

Congregational Justice Survey

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Please go to UU MASS ACTION for current opportunities!

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We will be available for conversation circles at noon each Sunday until the election on November 5 to share our ideas.

“Journey Toward Wholeness”, #BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) Collaborative, and ARE (Allies for Racial Equity). We have made a pledge toward this justice ministry within our denomination by this link or half plate offerings: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice .

 

WHITE FRAGILITY HITS #5 ON THE NYT BESTSELLER LIST!

All are invited to discuss this important book at the Tuesday, December 11 Justice Ministry Meeting. Six copies have been ordered. If you would like one to have and share, see Linda Clark.

Blog White FragilityBeacon Press has a bestseller on their hands! After 10 weeks on the New York Times paperback bestseller listWhite Fragilityby Robin DiAngelo, has climbed all the way to #5.

The campaign launched with a Q&A from USA Today, a lengthy review online at The New Yorker, and an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition. One topic from the book that received a lot of attention was the role of white women in systemic racism, and pieces from Elle and Harper’s Bazaar explored that issue in detail. An adapted excerpt that ran in Medium looked at issues of white fragility in the workplace, an op-ed with NBC.com’s Think discussed racial illiteracy in white people, while a Q&A with Slate focused on why progressives find it so hard to confront their own contributions to racism in America. The book has also received extensive coverage in other outlets, including Weekend EditionPacific StandardSojournersWashington PostVox, the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, MPR News , and The Record on KUOW Seattle.  PBS’s Amanpour & Company aired over the weekend and forthcoming interviews with Refinery29’s online program Strong Opinions Loosely Held, The Big Think, and NBC.com are scheduled to air in the next few weeks, with even more to come.

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Poor People’s Campaign

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We still recommend:

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Even if you have just begun reading this book, you will have a new perspective. There is a Reading Group Guide beginning on page 614 which we will use to get our conversation started. This conversation will not be like a book report for school, this is a vehicle for greater understanding so that we might become better humans and allies.

Preview book by Isabel Wilkerson – The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration is a highly acclaimed historical study which received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. WikipediaOriginally published: September 7, 2010 AuthorIsabel Wilkerson 
Linda Clark
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MARCH for Our Lives, Worcester

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Worcester Islamic Center Food Drive held December 10

We helped prepare welcome boxes for 200 area families, primarily refugees and other people in need.

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December 6 National Vigil to #EndGunViolence Held at Trinity Church. Northboro

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ONGOING ISSUES

Environment Justice, Women’s Rights, Workers Rights, Prison Reform and Against Gun Violence witness events are ongoing. Follow UU Mass Action on Facebook or http://www.uumassaction.org/  for great opportunities.Environment Justice, Women’s Rights, Workers Rights, Prison Reform and Against Gun Violence witness events are ongoing. Follow UU Mass Action on Facebook for great opportunities.

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Please sign the Declaration of Conscience on the UU Service Committee website! 

This is something you can do right now! I you haven’t already. You can sign as an individual. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to make this Declaration as a congregation? Let’s talk about it. http://www.uusc.org

2017 SOULAR JAZZ FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 10, 2017

First Parish Northboro ~ A Day of Sun and Music http://soularjazzfest.com/  GRINGO KINGS: https://youtu.be/wvOTZNni4ks