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You're Invited - Public Witness 2018

This year we are so excited to be working with Black Lives of UU leadership to bring General Assembly 2018 attendees a Public Witness that is dynamic, creative and rooted in longer-term relationships and work. Whether you’re in Kansas City, at home or on the road, there are meaningful ways for you to plug into this work - both before, during and after General Assembly. Review Jailed for Being Poor: How the Money Bail System Criminalizes Poverty webinar and check out these resources on the movement to #EndMoneyBail. The opportunities for Public Witness this year offer a clear link between criminalization, community protection and beyond. To build with Black-led organizing locally creating solutions towards maternal health, community safety, and liberation. We look forward to you joining us in person and through these online opportunities. 

We covenant to build a community that challenges us to grow

rateful to bring you our next installment in our bi-weekly messages with a prayer, a contemporary spiritual and justice leader and a song speaking to our spirits. This is our third and last of several offerings featuring UUs in Chicago doing radical work for justice. One contemporary spiritual and justice leader to lean on, one prayer for our messy lives, and one song to strengthen and soothe.

CHICAGO UU RADICAL CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL & JUSTICE LEADER

Upon attending First Unitarian Church of Chicago for the first time in 2012, Andrea Freerksen cried in the back of the sanctuary. In that space it became acceptable for her to be herself - an ever-evolving, 27 year-old, UU humanist, at least according to the spirituality test she had taken.

To live her faith Andrea needed to connect to more justice work in the community so she started showing up at local actions put on by the Black Lives Matter Chicago chapter along with other UU young adults: at vigils to mourn people murdered by the police, at rallies outside Chicago Police headquarters demanding accountability, at marches through the city bringing attention to an issue that many wanted to ignore. Because First U of Chicago is on the southside it was important for her to show up at these community actions, to listen to and learn from her neighbors, to use her privilege as a white, middle-class person in ways that might offer some protection from police and connection to well-resourced communities. Having other UUs present at these actions was a supportive experience that helped Andrea to connect her politics and faith, to grapple with the complex emotions and realities that were shared in these spaces.

Justice requires our imagination

Grateful to bring you our next installment in our bi-weekly messages with a prayer, a contemporary spiritual and justice leader and a song speaking to our spirits. This is our second of several offerings featuring UUs in Chicago doing radical work for justice. One contemporary spiritual and justice leader to lean on, one prayer for our messy lives, and one song to strengthen and soothe.

RADICAL CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL AND JUSTICE LEADER

Ronnie Boyd on imagining and honoring her ancestors: “I love books and I love reading and sometimes I forget that Black slaves were forbidden from learning how to read so centuries later to be a Black woman who can read, is educated, and works on political ed is fucking rad if I do say so myself.”

"I often feel I am trapped inside someone else's imagination, and I must engage my own imagination in order to break free." - adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategies

Join Me in Prophetic Witness with the Poor People’s Campaign, May 13-15 & Beyond!

You may have heard me say that this is no time for a casual faith and no time to go it alone. I mean it with every fiber of my being. And it’s out of those convictions that I am joining the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival to engage in direct action on May 14th at the nation’s capital with other denominational leaders and national justice partners, and thousands of clergy, activists, and impacted people. 

The Power of Community

Grateful to bring you our next installment in our bi-weekly messages with a prayer, an ancestor and a song speaking to our spirits. This week Megan Selby curates the first of several offerings featuring UUs in Chicago doing radical work for justice. One contemporary spiritual and justice leader to lean on, one prayer for our messy lives, and one song to strengthen and soothe.

RADICAL CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL AND JUSTICE LEADER

“I have met hundreds of people from many different organizations purporting to be allies of incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated people in the 16 months I have been out of prison. However, the people whom I can call on for support are few in comparison to the number of people and organizations I've come across. I have come to believe there is a difference between ally and community. The idea of allyship to me seems to suggest a temporary connection -- once a shared goal is accomplished, all the people involved go their separate ways. It is practical, yes, and necessary to have allies in any movement, but to me allyship feels very dry and dispassionate.