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October 9, 2023
UUMFE had a full and fulfilling September! Here are some highlights.
On September 23, 2023, we led an Environmental Festival and Jazz Vespers Worship Service to wrap up Climate Week. Even though it poured rain, people walking along Central Park West came inside to find live jazz music, arts and crafts, rituals and the love of Unitarian Universalism. One woman hadn’t been in a church in many years, and she found herself weeping as she honored Earth and acknowledged some sorrows that had built up over time.
Then we headed to Washington DC to co-lead a three day conference – Farming for Our Future: Systemic Changes for the Climate Crisis. There we offered the spiritual grounding and care for the important work. The guiding questions we brought forth throughout were: What brought us here? Why are we here as people of faith? How will we stay connected to our hearts, as well as our minds, as we advocate?
Let’s celebrate sacred light! UU Ministry for Earth is excited to invite you and your communities to our third annual Solstice celebration.
Wednesday, December 20 at 4 pm PT/ 5 pm MT/ 6 pm CT/ 7 pm ET
Join us for an evening of music, reflection, meditation, and spiritual grounding hosted on Zoom! The Winter Solstice occurs when Earth’s axis tilts away from the sun, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. Join UU Ministry for Earth and other UU partners to honor this time of year, our connection to the natural world, and to remember that light does come after the darkness. We will be featuring the work of Energy Democracy organizations and how we can work toward Light for All!
As a sponsor, you will be recognized and named in the event order of service, in our newsletter, and during the night service. Your gifts will help sustain worship, small groups, and curriculum for all ages, spiritual support for activists and advocates, pastoral care for climate grief, and opportunities to gather in community online. Together, we can ensure a strong Unitarian Universalist spiritual grounding, compassionate chaplaincy and advocacy for change in the face of the climate crisis.
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.
Join UU Ministry for Earth each month so we may all find time to ground, recenter, and imagine what is possible in a world in need of repair. There are readings, a short reflection, time for individual contemplation, and sharing in small groups. Together, we nourish our spirits for the work of environmental justice. To draw us more closely into alignment with Earth-based philosophies, we follow the Lunar Calendar and gather, via Zoom, on (or near) the Full Moon. The Zoom link to join will always stay the same, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3248332840pwd=SXVScW1ESzJILy9PMWlkTXVkTnpjZz09.
Registration is encouraged. It helps us keep track of how we can serve you and helps us get to know you. Click on the button below to register
From The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation: Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Part 2. Feat. Rev. Daniel Lawlor and Rev. Michael Crumpler
October 12th | 4:30 pm. PT / 5:30 pm MT/ 6:30 pm CT / 7:30 pm ET
UUWF is a community that champions justice, equality, and the inherent worth of every person. At its core, the UUWF seeks to empower individuals, particularly women, to live their lives authentically and free from oppression. Our priority of Protecting women aligns with these values and is paramount to addressing all gender-based violence. Join us for the second in a three-part series as we listen to experts discuss how to keep ourselves and our community safe.
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. If you are engaged in climate justice, join with other UUs on a regular basis to share stories about your actions and strategies, restore your resilience, deepen your solidarity skills, and tap into our UU faith tradition as a source of strength. 4th Tuesdays, Monthly.
From our Partner, Side with Love: “Clean Energy as a Human Right with Federal Clean Energy Funding Webinar Series”
Our faith calls us to work to ensure the people most impacted by climate change benefit most from clean energy funds. Join us on October 25 at 7pm ET to learn how you can advance approaches to clean energy funding with justice at the center.
Psst…also keep your eyes peeled for upcoming info about Reimagining with Energy Democracy!
From Our Partner, UUAYCJ: Community Space for Organizers
October 12 | Monthly on 2nd Thurs. until Dec 17, 2024
8:30 – 9:30pmET/ 6:30 MT/ 7:30 CT
UUYACJ has a new offering. We’ll be holding a community space for organizers. Our first gathering will be September 14th!
As relationships are vital to build networks of care and a world of liberation, we will be creating and deepening connections with other UU young adult organizers. The space will include time for socializing, sharing our experiences in organizing, learning from our comrades, and imagining what a UU political analysis looks like. Anyone who is doing justice work (environmental or otherwise) is welcome here.
Come socialize with us in a different way. Our social channels are a good way to get in-real time updates, and see links/photos/videos of what we’ve been up to. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. See you there!
Indigenous climate warrior, father, and UU friend Jacob Johns was shot at a peaceful prayer ceremony in New Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 28, in a racially motivated attack. Jacob is currently in stable condition.
Consider donating through the GoFundMe set up to assist with his immediate medical expenses and support Jacob’s ongoing community activism via tax-deductible donations at the Backbone Campaign.
The UU Ministry for Earth is seeking new leaders for our Board! Will one of our new Board members be YOU?
If you have a deep and embodied commitment to uplifting the need to face and adapt to the climate crisis, counter environmental injustice, and support the flourishing of all lifeIf you feel drawn to support and contribute to the many offerings of the UU Ministry for Earth (www.uumfe.org), please reach out to the UUMFE Nominations Committee to share your strengths and desire to be part of our team. We are looking to develop a dynamic, multicultural, multigenerational anti-oppressive Board, inclusive of people of color, trans and gender-nonconforming people, young people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and/or frontline communities; people who self-identify with such identity are especially welcome to apply. Please contact SearchTeam@UUMFE.org to submit your resume and letter of interest.
The UUMFE Board is also looking for someone experienced in Human Resources to jump on the monthly “HR Committee” zoom to advise us during the meeting on best practices in managing staff. No admin work, no commitment outside the meeting, just someone to listen and opine and give us direction! We currently meet once a month on Tuesday at 11 am, but could shift the day/time to accomodate an interested person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Moving From Despair to Action
On January 8, 2022, members of the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh engaged in a Congregational Conversation about the environment. It soon became apparent that many were in a state of paralysis — even despair. Participants understood very well the profound effects of environmental degradation and associated injustices. But the overwhelming scope of the challenges made action seem futile. And yet — after sharing their deepest fears and learning of realistic opportunities for action – some dedicated congregants stepped forward. Check out the journey of one Pittsburgh church on our blog.
We are pleased to announce that access to the 2023 General Assembly On-Demand Library for registrants has been extended through December 30, 2023! This extension means you can continue to access these invaluable resources and enhance your knowledge and skills through year-end.
Here’s a glimpse of what the On-Demand Library has to offer:
Expert-led workshops and seminars
Opportunities for personal and professional growth
Don’t miss out on this chance to expand your horizons and make the most of your General Assembly experience. Take your time to dive into the sessions that matter most to you and revisit them as often as you like until December 30.