UUMFE August E-News - Archived

 

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August 8th, 2023

Click above to watch a video introduction from Rev. Dignan.

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UUMFE at Climate Week

UUMFE is going to New York! We’re excited to see many of you at Climate Week, both in person and online.
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Saturday, September 23, 2023 

1PM-6PM ET

As NYC wraps up Climate Week, join Unitarian Universalists for a time to celebrate the week, lament what’s still left to be done, and imagine what is possible to create. You are all invited to attend a free UUMFE celebration. This is an all ages event. Childcare for ages three and under offered from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

  • 1-4 pm: Storytelling, Arts and Crafts, Live Music, Information Booths, Play, Meditation & Mindful Earth Centered Practices
  • 4-5 pm: Jazz Vespers Worship Service Come in-person or view Vespers online. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/8972538131
Register for Our Festival

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EMBODIMENT

Watch a Meditation for the Heat, from Rev. Kelly Dignan.

Soaring temperatures are affecting so many lives-human and non human. Click on the video above to see a meditation for the heat from Rev. Kelly Dignan.UUMFE%20email%20line.png

Monthly Musings

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Each month, you and/or your congregation will receive a collection of materials focused on a different theme and filled with ways to help with your EMBODIMENT, EMPOWERMENT, & ENGAGEMENT in the face of environmental injustice. We hope you use these resources for worship, contemplative practice, and religious exploration in your congregation. You can find past issues here.

Sign Up to Receive Monthly Musings Each Month

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Weekly Meditations Starting Soon 

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Thursday September 14

9:30 am ET/ 8:30 CT/ 7:30 MT/ 6:30 PT

Starting Thursday Sept. 14, join UUMFE for a  weekly, online, live meditation for 30 minutes (including community sharing). Leaders include:

EMPOWERMENT

Action Reflection Circle

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Tuesday, August 22nd
4pm PT/ 5pm MT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET

As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to be agents for change. However, sometimes this work can feel lonely, draining, daunting, or disconnected from our spirituality. Engaging justice efforts through Action-Reflection Circles addresses both the yearning to grow spiritually in community and the call to transform ourselves and the world.

UU Ministry for Earth Climate Justice Action-Reflection Circles are places where we can take risks, make mistakes, learn together, and deepen our engagement of justice work, spiritual growth, and the connections between the two.

If you are engaged in climate justice, join with other UUs on a regular basis to reflect on your actions, restore, build resilience, and connect in community.

Register for Action Reflection Circle

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For UU Religious Educators – Q&A Session about UUMFE’s Curriculum for all Ages

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Wednesday August 23,

7pm ET/6pm CT/ 5pm MT/ 4pm PT

Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone will host a dedicated time for UU religious educators to ask questions about UU Ministry for Earth’s curriculum for all ages. Be sure to check out the curriculum ahead of time. https://www.uumfe.org/curriculum/  UUMFE is also interested in your feedback!

Register here

ENGAGEMENT 

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Actions of Immediate Witness: Protect the Dreamers

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One action that congregational delegates take when gathered in a Unitarian Universalist 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 public statement about a significant action, event, or development in the world that necessitates immediate engagement and action among Unitarian Universalist member congregations and groups.

At General Assembly 2023, the AIW “Protect the Dreamers, the Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) with a Pathway to Permanent Residence” passed and received 98% of the votes of delegates! As citizens and a religious association, our delegates call on the US Congress to give Dreamers a pathway to permanent residence. See the full AIW proposal here.

UUs for Social Justice, our federal legislative ministry and climate justice partner, has made it easy to click here to contact your elected officials to support Dreamers and the DACA program and download this poster to help spread the word. Over the year ahead, we’ll have many more opportunities to connect, act and engage.

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From Our Partner, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Aid for Black Farmers

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Black farmers across the United States are asking the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack to use a small (less than 7%) portion of relief funding to pay off the debts of Black farmers who have historically experienced a significant amount of racism and injustice when attempting to compete in the farming market.

Due to ancestral knowledge on land stewardship that’s been passed down generationally, Black farmers tend to use more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices, good for the earth and ecosystem, yet are often discriminated against victimized by poor revenue, land seizures, and enormous debt. UUSC is working with our partner, the Black Belt Justice Center, to right this by encouraging the USDA to provide a small form of reparations to these farmers by erasing their debt.

Add your signature to the petition to take action on behalf of Black farmers!

Take action for Black Farmers

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Introducing our New Communications Coordinator

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Hi there,

My name is Nasreen Khan, I am a mother, teacher, artist and writer based in Indianapolis and I’m so pleased to join UU Ministry for Earth as the Communications Coordinator. I grew up in Senegal, West Africa and Indonesia, and moved to United States about 10 years ago. I am a former English Professor who then worked as UU Adult Faith Formation Religious Educator for four years. I am also a visual artist and community activist here in Indianapolis.

Read full Blog Intro

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RECIPE TO SHARE

Vegan Lobster Roll

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“This ridiculously tasty lobster roll is the perfect summer sandwich. There’s a lot of ways this lobster roll could be made. In a perfect world I’d use lobster mushrooms, but they’re rare and expensive and ain’t nobody got time for that. I opted for beautiful pink oyster mushrooms […] As amazing as the pink ones are, I realize they aren’t accessible for everyone – so regular oyster mushrooms are just fine, too.” – Lauren Toyota
Try the Recipe

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GRATITUDE (and Call to Action)

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Did you hear the news? The Juliana 21 are back on the path to constitutional climate justice! Yesterday, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs and their landmark federal constitutional climate claims will finally be decided at trial in open court. Finally, after 8 years, the evidence of the unconstitutionality of the U.S. government’s actions knowingly worsening the climate crisis will be heard in open court.

UUMFE was involved with the Juliana vs The United States during its formation and early years. The photo above is of former Programs Director, Aly Tharp, touring with one of the plaintiffs, Levi Draheim. Levi is a Unitarian Universalist youth who was 8 years old when this case began and is now almost 16! We are now asking you to support these powerful youth by taking just a few minutes to call, email, and/or tweet the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), urging Attorney General Garland to end the DOJ’s Trump-era legacy of seeking to delay the case by filing extreme Petitions for Writ of Mandamus and for “youth to be heard.”

Call, Email, or Tweet Using This Information

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Visit UU Ministry for Earth online at uuministryforearth.org.
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