November 30, 2012
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As the winter season approaches, the UUA's International Office recommends consulting our Winter Holidays resource booklet for suggestions on ways to express commitment to our Sixth Principle: We Covenant to Affirm and Promote the Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.
Resources and suggestions are available in the areas of: Spirituality, Education, Advocacy, Partnership, Stewardship, Pilgrimage & Witness, and Associational Leadership, both online and in a printable PDF booklet.
This past weekend kicked off the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)'s first service learning trip to India, to explore justice issues in rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program.
During the trip, which concludes December 5th, participants and support staff will be blogging from the field, sharing their experiences. Three posts are currently available, chronicling time spent with Indian union leaders and a firsthand account of witnessing the power of collective action:
Though it seems unthinkable in this modern era, the entrenched systems of power and privilege in rural India have made it frighteningly easy for the equivalent of slavery to persist. In so many areas, the laws that were meant to protect the adivasi people and their rights to land and water have been ignored; more powerful farmers from higher castes simply took the land and began planting it, hiring back the former owners for well below minimum wages. Continue Reading
With its official launch at General Assembly 2012, the mission of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice.
A formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the UUCSJ will assist UU congregations in discerning their focus for social-justice work, effectively harness collective UU power for change, and build capacity for moving justice forward through its domestic and international service learning programs.
What is service learning? Witness it in action in Haiti through the experiences of UUCSJ participants.
Haiti Just Recovery
Trip Dates: February 3-10, 2013
Registration Deadline: December 9
On this weeklong trip, participants will work with members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), a UUSC partner, on projects to help former Port-au-Prince residents build new lives in rural Haiti. Every day, you will work with Haitian peasants to build new homes, construct food gardens from old tires, or contribute to other sustainability projects.
BorderLinks: Immigration Justice Tour
Trip Dates: February 1-4, 2013
Registration Deadline: December 1
Human rights are at stake on the U.S.-Mexico border, and this trip is your chance to delve into various on-the-ground aspects of immigration. Through education, partner meetings, service opportunities, and theological reflection, you will explore immigration through a program designed by BorderLinks. Return home informed and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice.
For information on additional service learning opportunities, visit the UU College of Social Justice online!
The UU United Nations Office's (UU-UNO) 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will focus on stopping violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and is to take place April 4th-6th, 2013 in New York City. Registration is now open!
Every April, youth and adults from around the United States and Canada gather for an exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar. All participants gain a deep understanding on a topic of global concern in a fun intergenerational environment.
Past seminars have focused on poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, climate change, and empowerment of women. Approximately seventy-five youth and youth advisors stay at one of our Manhattan-based Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations while learning, connecting with others, organizing and mobilizing. Not only do youth attend the conference, but many also hold important leadership roles in its planning and execution. Find out more about this unique annual event!
The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a unique UU congregation without walls, offers online worship. If you feel like going to church this Sunday (via your computer), click here.
Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time, US), with a rebroadcast of the same service on Mondays at 9:00 am (Beta test during September) and 1:30 pm (Eastern Time, US). Although the service is prerecorded, many viewers arrive at the worship link early and stay late, to participate in a live chat. It’s our version of coffee hour!
Take a look at this You Tube video. Hope to see you at worship!
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 111th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.
All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project. Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world. We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it. Readings will be circulated in English and, where different, in their original language.
It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement. This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Portuguese and English by the Brazilian Unitarian Association. It is to be used during November 2012.
O vida oculta que brilha em cada átomo
O luz oculta que brilha em cada criatura,
O amor oculto que tudo abrange na unidade,
Possa todo aquele que se sente um contigo
Saber que por isso mesmo é um com todos os outros.
O hidden life that vibrates in each atom,
O hidden light that shines in each creature,
O hidden love that embraces everything in unity,
May all who feel one with Thee
Know that for this very reason we are one with all the others.
-adapted from Annie Besant by Paulo Ereno
submitted by the Brazilian Unitarian Association
*The December 2012 Global Chalice Lighting will be available online early next week.*
- November 26-December 5, 2012: UUCSJ: UU Holdeen India Program: Justice for Rural India
- December 5, 2012: UUPCC Virtual Conference Call: UU's in Kenya
- December 13, 2012: ICUU Webinar
- January 19, 2013: UUPCC Regional Conference
- February 1-4, 2013: UUCSJ: BorderLinks Trip to Arizona/Mexico
- February 15-23, 2013: UUCSJ: Sienna Project: Building Schools in Guatemala
- March 5-13, 2013: UUPCC: NE India & Khasi Hills Pilgrimage
- March 15-24, 2013: UUPCC: Meet the UUs in the Philippines
- April 4-6, 2013: UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar
- May 11-23, 2013: UUPCC: UU Transylvanian Pilgrimage