Living Our Mission – A Blog Post by Beth Elliot

UUCB’s Mission is:

 

As a beacon of liberal religion, we

  • Connect Bravely
  • Deepen Spiritually
  • Embody Justice
  • Always Love

 

Today, we offer up some practical ways to live that mission.  

 

CONNECT BRAVELY: Attend the UUA’s GA

 

This week is our denominational gathering, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly —June 24-28, 2020.

Here is the description from uua.org: 

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process…The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event.

This year includes the analysis and recommendations of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change (COIC). From UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, 

 

After three years of research, story gathering, and analysis of structural and systemic racism and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism, the report from the COIC is now available: “Widening the Circle of Concern” makes vital recommendations to advance long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism. The COIC will share their report at General Assembly (GA) next week and offer workshops to help us engage the recommendations practically in our congregations and in our institutions.

 

I am grateful to all who have served on the Commission and to everyone who shared their stories. I want to especially recognize the people who served as members and staff to the COIC: Chair Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Mary Byron, Cir L’Bert Jr., Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Dr. Elías Ortega, Caitlin Breedlove, DeReau K. Farrar, and Project Manager Rev. Marcus Fogliano.

 

There is still time to register for virtual General Assembly. I hope you will join me at GA!

 

DEEPEN SPIRITUALLY: Continue to commit to the spiritual work of learning, growing, and listening.

 

Some suggestions from UUCB Incoming UUCB President Chris Zanoni:

 

The first is a recent story about the history of policing on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/05/870227945/nprs-history-podcast-throughline-explores-policing-in-america

 

The second is a podcast “You Can’t Meditate This Away (Race, Rage, and the Responsibilities of Meditators)” from the Ten Percent Happier podcast with Dan Harris of ABC speaking with meditation teacher, Sebene Selassie.

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXN0ZmlyZS5jb20vYWJjLW5ld3MtcmFkaW8vdGVuX3BlcmNlbnRfaGFwcGllcg&ep=14&episode=amU4aExyamRwRkJsT1VQRlhrSnVqdzlieEhyN0kyRzI

 

EMBODY JUSTICE: Find a way to contribute to the work of dismantling the hegemony.

 

Say her name: Selena Reyes-Hernandez

 

Support Ingrid in Sanctuary

 

Tipi Raisers Covid-19 Action Fund

 

Aid for the Navajo Nation

 

Attend an event suggested by a recent UUCB visitor, Max:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1183509565333143

 

ALWAYS LOVE: Reach out.

 

UUCB has been meeting virtually for 14 weeks. Is there someone you miss? Someone you haven’t seen in awhile? Now is a great moment to call or email them. Reach out to someone in our community and reconnect. It will do all of our hearts good. 

 

Be well,

Beth