UUA President's Statement on Ferguson
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales has issued a statement following the continued violence in Ferguson, MO. It begins, 'The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do?'
Up to Our Necks
'This is a problem for our whole nation, not just for people of color. We are in this together. And riot gear, intimidation, and more brutality from police are not the way forward towards healing. They are, in fact, yet another giant step backwards,' reflects the Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, on the police brutality in Ferguson, MO in The Huffington Post .
Social Justice Push Marks Minister's Retirement
UU World shares how the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN used social justice work as a way to mark the retirement of its co-minister, the Rev. Bill Breeden. It reads, 'People were encouraged to volunteer at a food pantry and a shelter that provides services for people who are homeless.'
Announcing the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor is the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read. In this inspiring call to action, Rasor dispels the myth that conservative Christianity is the only va lid religious voice in national debates on social policy, and shows us that the powerful support of religious liberals may be more numerous than we realize.
Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
The New York Times reports that leaders from a broad range of religious traditions—from the Southern Baptist Convention to the Roman Catholic Church to the Unitarian Universalist Association—are leading a 'backlash to the backlash' against undocumented children who came to the U.S. this year on their own.
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