|Learn more about workshops, meet ups,
and the Actions of Immediate Witness below!
UMFE is in Pittsburgh! We’re excited to see many of you at General Assembly, both in person and online.
Workshops and In-person Meetups
All of our GA On Demand Workshops will be available to view before and during GA by going to this site. They are listed alphabetically there. Then you can join us in person to discuss the topics more deeply.
- Ecology as Scripture
To facilitate a shift in hearts & minds, sacred activists must bring together science and spiritual tenets to organize our choices and actions. This workshop is an exploration of climate change and how connecting the climate crisis to religious beliefs, teachings, and practices can inspire local and global actions. We encourage you to watch with a small group (pairs, trios, or more!) so you can discuss the activities during the recording. Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone. Join us in-person at GA to discuss further: Friday June 23, 11:00 – 11:45 AM ET, Room 324.
- Exploring Pathways to Fossil-Free Personal Divestment
Partnering with Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle, UUMFE offers an on-demand workshop for individuals on how to move their finances from funding fossil fuel extraction, production, and distribution… and instead direct their bank deposits, insurance premiums, and investment portfolios to fund local businesses/farms, affordable housing, and development of renewable energy. Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone; Michael Richardson. Join us in-person at GA to discuss: Thursday, June 22, 1:00 – 1:45 PM ET, Room 323. We will also talk about congregational divestment in this session.
- May You Survive and Thrive! A Biodiversity Curriculum
Join UU Ministry for Earth for a workshop exploring our latest lifespan curriculum. We’ll engage with the lesson plans and share ways of bringing Biodiversity Sunday and a Procession of the Species to life each year at your congregation or community setting. Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone. Join us in-person at GA to discuss: Friday, June 23, Noon – 12:45 PM ET, Room 323
- Spiritual Practices and the Climate Crisis
UU Ministry for Earth hosts a restorative space to share spiritual practices and grounding experiences for all of us who grapple with the worries and pressures of ecological flourishing and our commitment to justice. We hope you’ll use the practices again and again. Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington; Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone; Rev. Daniel Lawlor; Join us in-person at GA to discuss and practice further: Friday June 23, 1:00 – 1:45 PM ET, Room 323.
Visit our Booth #208
Wednesday, 3:00 – 3:30 pm ET, July 21, 2023
Celebrate Summer Solstice and participate in a joys and sorrows ritual
Thursday, 11am-11:30am ET, June 22, 2023
Earth-centered Lifespan Curricula: Let’s gather at booth 208 to preview UUMFE’s new and updated easy-to-access classes for all ages.
Friday, 2pm-2:30pm ET, June 23, 2023
Earth Ministry Musings for the Mighty: Preview our free monthly worship resources
Saturday, 1:00-1:45 ET, June 24, 2023. Discuss Congregational Responses to Natural Disasters. Rev. Daniel Lawlor.
Join online discussions on Whova
Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:00 pm ET, July 21, 2023
Summer Solstice joys and sorrows ritual online. Zoom link to attend (no registration necessary): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82934410734?pwd=a3Y1aTlMS3JxMGxiY3VITStqcDlaQT09
Thursday, 2:00 – 2:30 pm ET, June 22, 2023
Join Rev. Kelly Dignan for an open discussion about UU Ministry for Earth’s new programs that support climate justice activists. You can preview them here. The ZOOM link for this is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3248332840?pwd=SXVScW1ESzJILy9PMWlkTXVkTnpjZz09
Saturday, 10:00 – 10:30 am ET, June 24, 2023
Join this informative session on UU Ministry for Earth’s offering, Monthly Musings. This is our free monthly worship and small group ministry resources; a specially curated collection of readings, music and musings to inspire and renew spirit for the work of climate justice. You can view past issues here. The ZOOM link for this meetup is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3248332840?pwd=SXVScW1ESzJILy9PMWlkTXVkTnpjZz09
Actions of Immediate Witness
One action that the delegates take when gathered in a General Assembly is to vote to approve “Actions of Immediate Witness.” According to the UUA Commission on Social Witness, an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) is a statement about a significant action, event, or development in the world that necessitates immediate engagement and action among Unitarian Universalist member congregations and groups.
The initial votes are in for this year’s AIWs:
- 805 Votes: Protect the Dreamers, the Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) with a Pathway to Permanent Residence
- 648 Votes: Organizing for Health Equity
- 414 Votes: Rise Up to Stop Cop City
- 361 Votes: Not on Our Watch, Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Call for Action
- 300 Votes: Code Red for Humanity: The Climate Impacts of Military Emissions
- 247 Votes: Urgent Call to Action: Embracing the Goals and Provision of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The top 3 AIWs above will be placed on the General Session agenda to be discussed and voted on for potential adoption as statements of the Assembly.
We highlight that the AIW Organizing for Health Equity, authored by Rev. Robert Murphy of UUs for a Just Economic Community, elevates the call for partnership, mutual aid in response to the climate crisis, and the need to support a robust, sustainable Farm Bill in Congress. We urge your support!
We are inspired by all three of the AIWs up for consideration at this General Assembly. Particularly during a time that calls for solidarity, we affirm and support Protect the Dreamers, the Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) with a Pathway to Permanent Residence and Rise Up to Stop Cop City.
We want to thank and elevate the work of Cindy Piester, of UUs for a Just Economic Community, who worked hard to rally support for, “CODE RED for Humanity: The Climate Impacts of Military Emissions.” The AIW received 300 votes, meaning 93 more delegates supported the resolution this year than last year.
Learn More & Read the Actions of Immediate Witness
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