UU the Vote Runoff Update

“It Ain’t Over!” UU the Vote Runoff Update Thursday, November 17, 2022 7:30 PM –  9:00 PM ET What is going on in Georgia? How can I get involved? What in the world is a runoff anyway? What about our Good Trouble Congregations? Sign up to hear the answers to these questions and more! Register Here

Justice Ministry Update: 8th Principle Conversations at UU Asheville

Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) Report: What’s that?
We strive to become a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation as we are called to do if UUism is to be the liberatory faith it can be. This work started with an internal assessment led by a small team of congregants and our Minister of Faith Development, Rev. Claudia Jiménez. Their learnings and recommendations known as the RJAC Report were shared with the congregation and the board. One of the top recommendations was to engage the congregation in learning about the proposed 8th Principal which aligns with the work of liberation. An 8th Principle Team is actively  hosting Learning Circles, tabling on Sundays and exploring other ways to prepare the congregation to vote in the June congregational meeting to adopt the 8th Principle. They are creating space for all to discuss hope, fears and dreams as we consider this important vote.

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

WHAT IS BELOVED COMMUNITY?

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article II…….What’s That?

Change is coming to our denominational documents. The section that houses our UU Principles, sources, purposes and statements of belief and inclusion is being revised. Check out this document which explains the process and has a link to the proposed changes. As you read, I invite you to reflect on these questions: How does it make you feel? What do think about the recommended changes? What feedback do you have? There are opportunities to share your feedback via a a Google form. The form closes Nov. 28. I will be hosting a bagged lunch discussion to discuss the proposal in person Sunday, Nov. 27 (not Nov 30) at 12:30 in person and at 7 PM via Zoom. Details will be in the e-news. Please consider attending.

Justice Ministry Opportunities for Action, November 9

8th Principal Reflection Circle, TONIGHT November 9
Join members of the 8th Principal Team and Rev. Claudia for a conversation about the 8th Principle. Zoom link in the e-News or contact Rev. Claudia. We will address the following questions:
What is it?
Why now?
What is exciting about the 8th Principle?
What fears arise about adopting the Principle?
How will we be changed in 5 or 10 years because we have adopted it?

Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) Report: What’s that?
We strive to become a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation as we are called to do if UUism is to be the liberatory faith it can be. This work started with an internal assessment led by a small team of congregants and our Minister of Faith Development, Rev. Claudia Jiménez. Their learnings and recommendations known as the RJAC Report were shared with the congregation and the board. One of the top recommendations was to engage the congregation in learning about the proposed 8th Principal which aligns with the work of liberation. An 8th Principle Team is actively  hosting Learning Circles, tabling on Sundays and exploring other ways to prepare the congregation to vote in the June congregational meeting to adopt the 8th Principle. They are creating space for all to discuss hope, fears and dreams as we consider this important vote.

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

WHAT IS BELOVED COMMUNITY?

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.

Reaching Out to Those Affected by Hurricane Ian:
Donate to the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:
Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Ministry Opportunities for Action, November 1

8th Principal Reflection Circle, November 9
Join members of the 8th Principal Team and Rev. Claudia for a conversation about the 8th Principle. Zoom link in the e-News or contact Rev. Claudia. We will address the following questions:
What is it?
Why now?
What is exciting about the 8th Principle?
What fears arise about adopting the Principle?
How will we be changed in 5 or 10 years because we have adopted it?

Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) Report: What’s that?
We strive to become a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation as we are called to do if UUism is to be the liberatory faith it can be. This work started with an internal assessment led by a small team of congregants and our Minister of Faith Development, Rev. Claudia Jiménez. Their learnings and recommendations known as the RJAC Report were shared with the congregation and the board. One of the top recommendations was to engage the congregation in learning about the proposed 8th Principal which aligns with the work of liberation. An 8th Principle Team is actively  hosting Learning Circles, tabling on Sundays and exploring other ways to prepare the congregation to vote in the June congregational meeting to adopt the 8th Principle. They are creating space for all to discuss hope, fears and dreams as we consider this important vote.

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

WHAT IS BELOVED COMMUNITY?

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.

Reaching Out to Those Affected by Hurricane Ian:
Donate to the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:
Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Ministry Opportunities for Action, October 26

Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) Report: What’s that?
We strive to become a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation as we are called to do if UUism is to be the liberatory faith it can be. This work started with an internal assessment led by a small team of congregants and our Minister of Faith Development, Rev. Claudia Jiménez. Their learnings and recommendations known as the RJAC Report were shared with the congregation and the board. One of the top recommendations was to engage the congregation in learning about the proposed 8th Principal which aligns with the work of liberation. An 8th Principle Team is actively  hosting Learning Circles, tabling on Sundays and exploring other ways to prepare the congregation to vote in the June congregational meeting to adopt the 8th Principle. They are creating space for all to discuss hope, fears and dreams as we consider this important vote.

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

WHAT IS BELOVED COMMUNITY?

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.

Reaching Out to Those Affected by Hurricane Ian:
Donate to the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund

Reminders & Opportunities for Action
Reminder #1: Make sure all your post cards are in the process of being ready for mailing. THANK YOU to all who are helping us reach our 2000 postcard goal!

Reminder #2: As we get closer to the election here is some language about staying non-partisan in our faith spaces. “We live into our UU values as prophetic, but not partisan advocates for issues and specific legislation that creates more equity, and affirms the worth and dignity of all people. (Example – advocating for Medicaid Expansion, fighting voter suppression, etc.). We work to hold elected officials accountable but never endorse political candidates. This is consistent with the work of our larger denomination. For more information see: https://www.uuthevote.org/prophetic-not-partisan-irs-rules-for-non-profits/

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION from our partner UU Justice Ministry NC
How will you contribute to safety, joy and fairness at the polls? 

Become a Vote Protector with Democracy NC Vote Protectors serve as our “eyes and ears on the ground” at voting sites across North Carolina. They help voters who encounter problems at the polls and ensure that every polling place is running as it should — sounding the alarm when something isn’t right. On November 4th and November 5th (Last days of early voting) and November 8th (Election Day) Vote Protectors will monitor polling places in their communities flagging: long lines, problems with curbside voting or accessibility, voter confusion,  misinformation and voter suppression. And as a vote protector, you will attend an online training, and receive a vote protector t-shirt, sign, and other materials. Sign up to become a Vote Protector Today

Become a Voting Rights Ambassador with You Can Vote! Voting Rights Ambassadors will assist You Can Vote staff with vote tripling and voter education at early voting sites around the state. Once you complete a VRA volunteer training, you can sign up for volunteer shifts at a You Can Vote Help Desk at an early voting site near you. Trainings will take place on October 22 from 10-11am and October 27 from 6-7pm and you can register here. 

Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from now through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phonebank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of color across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to vote their values this fall! Register Here

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:
Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Ministry Opportunities for Action, October 19

Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) Report: What’s that?
We strive to become a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation as we are called to do if UUism is to be the liberatory faith it can be. This work started with an internal assessment led by a small team of congregants and our Minister of Faith Development, Rev. Claudia Jiménez. Their learnings and recommendations known as the RJAC Report were shared with the congregation and the board. One of the top recommendations was to engage the congregation in learning about the proposed 8th Principal which aligns with the work of liberation. An 8th Principle Team is actively  hosting Learning Circles, tabling on Sundays and exploring other ways to prepare the congregation to vote in the June congregational meeting to adopt the 8th Principle. They are creating space for all to discuss hope, fears and dreams as we consider this important vote.

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

WHAT IS BELOVED COMMUNITY?

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.

Reaching Out to Those Affected by Hurricane Ian:
Donate to the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund

Reminders & Opportunities for Action
Reminder #1: 20 Days until the election ONE day to the start of Early Voting. Make sure all your post cards are in the process of being ready for mailing. THANK YOU to all who are helping us reach our 2000 postcard goal!

Reminder #2: As we get closer to the election here is some language about staying non-partisan in our faith spaces. “We live into our UU values as prophetic, but not partisan advocates for issues and specific legislation that creates more equity, and affirms the worth and dignity of all people. (Example – advocating for Medicaid Expansion, fighting voter suppression, etc.). We work to hold elected officials accountable but never endorse political candidates. This is consistent with the work of our larger denomination. For more information see: https://www.uuthevote.org/prophetic-not-partisan-irs-rules-for-non-profits/

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION from our partner UU Justice Ministry NC
How will you contribute to safety, joy and fairness at the polls? 

Become a Vote Protector with Democracy NC Vote Protectors serve as our “eyes and ears on the ground” at voting sites across North Carolina. They help voters who encounter problems at the polls and ensure that every polling place is running as it should — sounding the alarm when something isn’t right. On November 4th and November 5th (Last days of early voting) and November 8th (Election Day) Vote Protectors will monitor polling places in their communities flagging: long lines, problems with curbside voting or accessibility, voter confusion,  misinformation and voter suppression. And as a vote protector, you will attend an online training, and receive a vote protector t-shirt, sign, and other materials. Sign up to become a Vote Protector Today

Become a Voting Rights Ambassador with You Can Vote! Voting Rights Ambassadors will assist You Can Vote staff with vote tripling and voter education at early voting sites around the state. Once you complete a VRA volunteer training, you can sign up for volunteer shifts at a You Can Vote Help Desk at an early voting site near you. Trainings will take place on October 22 from 10-11am and October 27 from 6-7pm and you can register here. 

Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from now through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phonebank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of color across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to vote their values this fall! Register Here

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:
Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UU/BeLovedVillage Project

As part of our congregation’s ongoing support of BeLoved Asheville— a local nonprofit focused on lifting up fellow community members most in need — we are providing UU volunteer opportunities to help BeLoved build small homes for our neighbors who otherwise cannot afford “affordable housing.” The BeLoved Village project is an innovative way to enable people earning approximately 30% of area median income (AMI) afford a home while building equity and community—so needed here in the Asheville area where rental rates are the highest in the state. Regardless of skills or experience, there are ways for everyone—adults and youth—to contribute their time and energy to this vital community project. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, contact Jim Gamble.

Another project UU has initiated with BeLoved is the Pantry Project. UU congregants and friends have been supplying and filling our pantry on Charlotte Street every day since December. If you would like to know more, contact Anita Feldman

Justice Ministry Events & News, October 12

Reaching Out to Those Affected by Hurricane Ian: Donate to the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund

From Our Partners UU Justice Ministry NC
FRIDAY ACTION HOUR: October 14, 11am
Moore vs. Harper Presentation with Common Cause NC –  The next major challenge to American democracy comes from North Carolina. Experts say an extreme interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court in North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper redistricting case would make it even easier for state legislatures to suppress the vote, draw gerrymandered election districts, and subvert election results, among other concerns. This Friday, UU Justice NC is thrilled to welcome Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause NC to Friday Action Hour. As a lead plaintiff in the case, he will provide an in-depth look at what’s being argued by Republican lawmakers in December, its potential impacts on our elections, and what North Carolinians can do to fight back. Join us via this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91029655107

Check Out the New UUJusticeNC.orgOur state-wide Justice Ministry – UU Justice NC is excited to announce the launch of their brand new website! There you will find the most up-to-date information about their current justice work and how you can get involved. You will also find information about the great work happening in UU congregations across the state. Visit the new site here! 

COMMUNITY PLATE PARTNER 
BeLoved Asheville created the first homeless/formerly homeless street medic team in the nation to help improve health and prevent premature death of the most vulnerable people in our community.  Trained by local medical professionals, team members learn how to perform health assessments and respond to emergency situations.  See how medic teams and health fairs provide hope and healing to those living on the streets of Asheville by clicking this link.  BeLoved Asheville

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Support the Carolina Abortion Fund which offers a confidential, toll free hotline providing financial, practical, and emotional support to callers in North and South Carolina trying to access abortion care.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS – OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from September 15th through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phone bank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of the Global Majority across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to Vote Love and Defeat Hate. Register Here

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Ministry Events & News, October 5

COMMUNITY PLATE PARTNER 
BeLoved Asheville created the first homeless/formerly homeless street medic team in the nation to help improve health and prevent premature death of the most vulnerable people in our community.  Trained by local medical professionals, team members learn how to perform health assessments and respond to emergency situations.  See how medic teams and health fairs provide hope and healing to those living on the streets of Asheville by clicking this link.  BeLoved Asheville

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Support the Carolina Abortion Fund which offers a confidential, toll free hotline providing financial, practical, and emotional support to callers in North and South Carolina trying to access abortion care.

At UUCAvl
Program – Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling.
Facilitators: Jane Bramham, Neal Jones, Rev. Claudia
Initially scheduled for the Fall, we decided encouraging engagement with UU the Vote this fall is the best way to support reproductive justice and access to abortion healthcare in NC for women and our trans and nonbinary siblings. The RJ program will be offered in January 2023.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS – OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from September 15th through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phone bank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of the Global Majority across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to Vote Love and Defeat Hate. Register Here

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

Do you know about the Moore v. Harper Supreme Court Case?

The next major challenge to American democracy comes from North Carolina. Experts say an extreme interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court in North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper redistricting case would make it even easier for state legislatures to suppress the vote, draw gerrymandered election districts, and subvert election results, among other concerns. You may not know that the “Harper” in the case is Becky Harper, a UU from Raleigh! Below are opportunities to learn more about this important case directly from Common Cause NC, a lead plaintiff in the case. Learn more…Friday, October 14th at 11:00am at UU Justice NC’s Friday Action Hour. Zoom Link. 

Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reproductive Justice: Updates & Opportunities

Beyond UUCAvl….

The Asheville “Freedom for All: Rally for Reproductive Justice and Abortion Access” rally that was postponed in August due to inclement weather has been rescheduled to Mon., October 3. 

Where? The Orange Peel; 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
Doors open at 5:30pm; Program 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Why? To hear from candidates, abortion providers, and activists on how you can get involved to protect our rights in this midterm election. We are one bad election from losing access to abortion in NC and this is going to take an all-hands-on-deck effort to get out the vote this November.


Another Opportunity
Support the Carolina Abortion Fund which offers a confidential, toll free hotline providing financial, practical, and emotional support to callers in North and South Carolina trying to access abortion healthcare. 


At UUCAvl

Reproductive Justice (RJ): Expanding Our Social Justice Calling
Facilitators: Jane Bramham, Neal Jones, Rev. Claudia
Initially scheduled for the Fall, we decided encouraging engagement with UU the Vote this fall is the best way to support reproductive justice and access to abortion healthcare in NC for women and our trans and nonbinary siblings. The RJ program will be offered in January 2023. 


UU the Vote: We are part of a network of 22 UU congregations across the state who have come together to write 27,000 postcards to voters of the Global Majority in Cabarrus County in partnership with Reclaim our Vote. Cabarrus is one the three counties whose vote for candidates supporting access to abortion healthcare will be crucial in maintaining access to abortion in NC. On Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 am we will have another big post carding push! Join us!

Exploring UU Animal Ministry

Animals touch our lives in many ways, and care and concern for animals can deepen one’s UU faith and connect with similarly interested Unitarian Universalists.

            There are chapters of UU Animal Ministry at more than 33 congregations (check out the website at uuam.org).  Is there interest in forming a chapter at UUC-Asheville and having monthly events like visiting an animal sanctuary, discussing articles, books or films, having vegetarian and vegan potlucks, offer support for loss of animal companions, help with the Blessing of the Animal’s service at UUC-Asheville, and other possible ideas?

            In you are interested in exploring the possibility of having a chapter of UU Animal Ministry at UUC-Asheville, please be in touch with Jeff Jones at jeffjonesuu@aol.com by September 25.

Justice Ministry Events & News, 9/27/22


REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Beyond UUCAvl….

The Asheville “Freedom for All: Rally for Reproductive Justice and Abortion Access” rally that was postponed in August due to inclement weather has been rescheduled to Mon., October 3. 

Where? The Orange Peel; 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
Doors open at 5:30pm; Program 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Why? To hear from candidates, abortion providers, and activists on how you can get involved to protect our rights in this midterm election. We are one bad election from losing access to abortion in NC and this is going to take an all-hands-on-deck effort to get out the vote this November.


Another Opportunity
Support the Carolina Abortion Fund which offers a confidential, toll free hotline providing financial, practical, and emotional support to callers in North and South Carolina trying to access abortion care.

At UUCAvl
Program – Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling.
Facilitators: Jane Bramham, Neal Jones, Rev. Claudia
Initially scheduled for the Fall, we decided encouraging engagement with UU the Vote this fall is the best way to support reproductive justice and access to abortion healthcare in NC for women and our trans and nonbinary siblings. The RJ program will be offered in January 2023.
UU the Vote: We are part of a network of 22 UU congregations across the state who have come together to write 27,000 postcards to voters of the Global Majority in Cabarrus County in partnership with Reclaim our Vote. Cabarrus is one the three counties whose vote for candidates supporting access to abortion healthcare will be crucial in maintaining access to abortion in NC. On Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 am we will have another big post carding push! Join us! And as a reminder for those who already have post card packets, please make sure that all postcards are completed and put in the mail no sooner than October 14th and within a few days after that date. 

MIDTERM ELECTIONS – OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION

Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from September 15th through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phone bank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of the Global Majority across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to Vote Love and Defeat Hate. Register Here

OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

Interested in Exploring UU Animal Ministry?
Details below. Contact Jeff Jones by September 25
https://uuasheville.org/exploring-uu-animal-ministry/

Concerned about education in NC?
Watch this timely video produced August 29, and consider if this is an area of advocacy and engagement for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ihL90I5GE

BeLoved Pantry Needs YOUR Support
https://uuasheville.org/uu-beloved-pantry-project/


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UU/BeLoved Pantry Project

Our UU Congregation adopted the 14th BeLoved Pantry on December 5, 2021, the first that has been adopted by an outside organization. BeLoved is a local nonprofit focused on lifting up fellow community members most in need. The Street Pantries placed throughout Buncombe County in boxes donated by Mountain Xpress, provide easy 24/7 access to supplies near where people in need live or gather. UU congregants and friends have been supplying and filling our pantry on Charlotte Street every day since December. We know it is well appreciated by our neighbors because it empties every day. We can use your help!! Sustainers donate items once a month to the bin that is outdoors at the back entrance of the UU building. Adopters get donations from the bin and fill the pantry with them once a month. For information on how to get involved email Anita Feldman at anitasfeldman@gmail.com .

As part of our congregation’s ongoing support of BeLoved Asheville we are providing UU volunteer opportunities to help BeLoved build small homes for our neighbors who otherwise cannot afford “affordable housing.” The BeLoved Village project is an innovative way to enable people earning approximately 30% of area median income (AMI) afford a home while building equity and community—so needed here in the Asheville area where rental rates are the highest in the state. Regardless of skills or experience, there are ways for everyone—adults and youth—to contribute their time and energy to this vital community project. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, contact Jim Gamble at jamesgamble89@gmail.com

Increase Your Equity IQ & Meet New Friends

During this 2022-23 church year, you’ll be hearing a lot about our efforts to shed white privilege and adopt behaviors indicative of equity and justice and liberation for all. There will be a jillion opportunities for you to join in the fun and the learning. Here are a few that can be accessed immediately. Why wait? A few opportunities to support our 8th Principle work from board member Mary Alm:

  • August 25 – September 10 – Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents Blood at the Root, a play by Dominique Morisseau.

This bold new play is a striking ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. It examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life. More info here.

  • Saturday September 10 at 10:30 am – Books to Action discussion and walking tour at Stephens-Lee Center. 

Buncombe County libraries are hosting a Books to Action book club and the first session is a discussion of How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi and the group will also participate in a walking tour of the East End Valley Street of Asheville with Hood Huggers International.

Image attached and more info here.

  • Saturday and Sunday, September 10 – 11, 2022, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days – Racial Equity Institute Phase 1 Workshop sponsored by the WNC Racial Equity Collective.

An extraordinary experience, well worth the time. Often over-subscribed, if you cannot register for this session, at least get your name on the wait list so you will be informed of future workshops.

Please click the link below to find out detailed information and to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfob1iunRjFLEpkZxrmMoIV5w2tnIxJ-a-D6uvmWYamHZ_eGw/viewform

  • Sept.19-Nov 14, meeting weekly on Mondays 7-9 pm – Building Bridges 
    Registration opens Monday August 22nd at NOON 

    Asheville’s locally birthed equity workshop. Again, well worth the time. Participants meet local leaders and learn about local realities. You will be changed.

To be on the interest list and receive registration instructions on Monday morning fill out the form linked below.  If you have participated in a previous Building Bridges Session, they ask that you opt out of registering for this session as soon as registration opens. If they don’t fill up immediately, they will send out another invitation to register.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfY-BJsNRfPECofWsvTWoeJ5QK9K2xzFOhcKuhVSpRub6382g/viewform

Questions? Email registration@bbavl.org

Three (3!!) Opportunities for Engagement

UU Asheville continues to explore ways to live into our values by supporting local and UU organizations that challenge us to put our faith into action. Below are a few ways you can be involved:

BeLoved Pantry Installation
What? 
UU Asheville is sponsoring a pantry stocked with necessities for those living on the streets and/or living in poverty

When? December 5 immediately after the post-service  Christmas Caroling the pantry will be installed. Starting in November, you can donate items to a bin outdoors on our back porch.

Where? The Charlotte Street Pantry will be located across from City Bakery. The pantry will be next to the sidewalk and just in front of the chain at the parking lot. You can pull right up to the pantry in the parking lot and easily fill it from your vehicle. 

How can you get involved?

  1. Become an Adopter. Commit to gather donations from the UU bin (or use your own) and fill the Charlotte Pantry on a certain day/s of every month . Schedule at www.volunteersignup.org/TXRAE . We will need an Adopter every day to fill and check on the pantry. Don’t worry if you are out of town. Ask a friend or contact Anita Feldman: anita.feldman@hofstra.edu . Cell: 516-375-9919.
  2. Become a Sustainer: Make a commitment to bring your donations once a month any time to the UU bin on the back porch. Schedule at www.volunteersignup.org/TXRAE
  3. Be a Random Filler: visit the Charlotte Pantry whenever convenient to check on it and fill it up.
  4. Be a Random Donor: Donate items or even ask neighbors and friends to donate too. Deliver to the UU bin when convenient.

Click below for details and a list of supplies.

Winter Pantry Supplies

Adopter Instructions

Tree of Hope and Happiness – Year 2

Why? For a second year, UUCA is partnering with Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School to bring holiday joy to students and families. Sand Hill-Venable is a Buncombe County school with a diverse student body and high level of economic need 

How? UUCA members will have the option to shop for a specific child, or to provide gift cards to give families the option to shop for their children. 

What? You can select an ornament with gift details from an actual Tree of Hope and Happiness at our caroling event on December 5, or from our virtual tree (link coming soon).  Gifts can be delivered either to the school (154 Sand Hill School Road in Asheville) from 8am-2pm the week of December 6th, or to UUCA at the cookie exchange and tree decorating on 12/12 (you can also reach out to Laurel Stolte at laurel.stolte@bcsemail.org if you need to coordinate a online delivery).

UUSC & Guest at Your Table: Supporting Human Rights
What? The UU Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights by partnering with grassroots organizations.  They often partner with groups not helped by any government or NGOs.   Examples are working with Rohingya access to education and health, indigenous peoples in Louisiana and the Marshall Islands to fight climate change and human rights for Maya communities in Guatemala. Join us for a UUSC Sunday service Nov. 14, 11:00 AM

Why? The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee once a year asks for your support in strengthening our UU values in the US and the world through Guest At Your Table.   

How? You can help through your contributions.  Normally, we would have boxes for congregants to add a small donation each day of the holiday season.   This year during COVID, you can mail your contributions directly to UUSC, 689 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139.  We have envelopes which you can pick up at UUAsheville during office hours which are 9:30 – 2pm on Mondays and Tuesdays 
One can be mailed to you if you email Deb Holden at djholden51@icloud.com.  
In all cases, be sure to note you are a member of UU Asheville on your check.  Any donation, makes you a contributing member of UUSC! 

UUCA Partnering with Beloved

UUCA and Beloved Asheville are joining together to put LOVE IN ACTION!

Please support the Back to School Supplies for Kids and Youth Drive, happening right now!
See the flyer for details. Beloved Asheville would like to receive donations by Sunday 8/15, but will accept them all through August. 

The UUCA Anti-Racism Assessment is ready! Now all we need is your input.

Why? In order to understand the current anti-racism work at UUCA and review our practices and policies we need to hear from you. The survey will provide a baseline that together with input from listening sessions to be organized in the fall will enable the Racial Justice Advisory Council to provide the board a summary report of congregational perceptions. The report will also include recommendations for ways to continue striving toward the goal of being a congregation where all can flourish; where anti-racism is an on-going practice. You, the congregation, will have opportunities to review the report for feedback before it is shared with the board.  

A little history. In their November 20, 2020 email to the congregation, the UUCA Board of Trustees invited all of UUCA to join together in a congregation-wide effort to further the cause of racial justice. They asked us to put our values of justice, compassion, inspiration and connection into action by working to become a congregation that practices anti-racism. To that end, the Board previously passed a resolution at its October meeting creating the Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC).  I would provide support and internal accountability to the RJAC. At the November 10th Board meeting Noah Hall, Eleanor Lane, Melissa Murphy, Ed Prestemon and Missy Reed were invited to serve on the RJAC. As part of our initial efforts, we seek to better understand current anti-racism work at UUCA using the UUCA Assessment Tool to capture information. 

Friends, this is transformative and liberatory work that calls not only for individual learning and reflection, but organizational learning and reflection. I am sharing a link to a video with instructions on filling out the assessment tool (Thank you, Noah Hall!) Contact Rev. Claudia for the link when you are ready to complete the assessment tool.

https://youtu.be/mcfudLFVuQU

We want to hear from as many of you as possible. Your investment of 20 – 30 minutes of your time to complete the tool will be greatly appreciated.  It may take a little longer. You may not have experience with all the categories in the tool, and it will take less time. Answer what you know. That will be enough and very helpful. The deadline is June 30. If you have any technical problems or questions, please contact me at faithdev@uuasheville.org

With gratitude, joy and anticipation for the work we will do together,

Rev. Claudia
Minister of Faith Development

May Community Plate Recipient: Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy (IFPHA)

The Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy’s (IFPHA) mission is to promote optimum health by addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the inequities in access to affordable healthcare.

IPHA is committed to creating inclusive environments, be continuous learners, and work alongside others to cultivate equity, diversity, inclusion, and unlearn destructive patterns from our historical past.

IFPHA brings health education, addresses preventable diseases, and manages chronic illnesses.  Our community nurses’ impact has been addressing the SDOH.  Your donation will support and expand:

  • Providing transportation to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store.
  • Partnering with MAHEC to provide psychiatric residents for “door to door” visits.
  • Providing healthy fresh fruit and vegetables and health education.
  • Providing cleaning services to prevent evictions.
  • Addressing clients’ needs and if there is no referral available, IFPHA will find funding to address the issue in “real time,” while we are looking for a long-term solution.

To learn more about how IFPHA is “addressing the incredible issue of inequities and access to healthcare and vital resources, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” as shared by Kathey Avery, Founder & Co-Chair of IFPHA, go to:https://www.averyhec.com/ifpha.

 

Film Night: No Time to Waste, Friday, April 9, 7pm, Zoom

No Time To Waste celebrates legendary 99-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin’s inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story.

“Touching and engaging…Nonagenarian Soskin reminds viewers of the importance of telling the complete American story – one that recognizes racial and gender discrimination and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans – so that we, as a nation, can understand from whence we came and where we should be heading in order to create, as she states is her mission, ‘a more perfect union.’ No Time To Waste is an inspiring film that spotlights Soskin being ’empowered…by history’ and encourages others to do the same.”
~Traci Parker, Associate Professor African American History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Author, Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement

There will be a discussion after the screening of the film.

Send an email to mnpopi@icloud.com for the Zoom link.

Official Trailer    https://player.vimeo.com/video/485597045?app_id=122963&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bullfrogcommunities.com    runtime: 52 minutes

The Work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council

rev Claudia JiménezWhat’s happening with our goal of working to become an anti-racist congregation? The Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) has been meeting twice a month since the board’s invitation to the congregation to work toward this goal. Our team members are Noah Hall, Eleanor Lane, Melissa Murphy, Ed Prestemon and Missy Read. I serve as staff liaison. Initially, we focused on identifying a tool to assess where we are as a congregation on the journey to becoming anti-racist, and to set a timeline for collecting feedback, organizing focus groups and providing a report with recommendations to the board. Whew! We also discussed the importance of having an external accountability partner with equity training and leadership experience to support the council’s work. As I interviewed possible partners, I learned a lot from our conversations. It became apparent that we were trying to rush into creating a timeline without laying the groundwork for the committee to do this work. Each person I spoke to emphasized the importance of the council doing their own work to develop a shared analysis of what we mean by anti-racism, multiculturalism, diversity and racial justice, and how these concepts relate to our goal of an anti-racist congregation. As a result of these conversations, our meetings now include grounding work as well as preparations for rolling out an assessment tool. We have also created a communication plan to keep you informed of our progress through the e-News, website, Facebook and worship during “The Work of the Congregation.” All of this will be launched with a congregational letter that will be shared in March. I am grateful and excited to be on this journey with such a committed team. As we prepare to transition to interim ministry, exploring what kind of congregation we want to be when we emerge from pandemic isolation will support the work of the interim minister we will welcome in August. Along the way, your feedback and questions are welcome.

Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development

Acting for Racial Justice: From the Board of Trustees

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville has been committed to racial justice since its founding. UUCA and its members, through our words and deeds, have shown and acted on this commitment for decades. Yet, as events throughout this year continue to teach us, the injustices of systemic racism and white privilege are more pervasive than many of us may have realized. Unchecked, racial injustices have and will continue to cause deep pain and unconscionable inequalities right here in our own community, as well as in the larger world.

The UUCA Board of Trustees believes, based on our shared Unitarian Universalist principles, that our congregation is now called to respond to racism and white supremacy more directly, more intensely, and more unanimously than we have in the past. Many UUCA congregants have worked tirelessly and effectively for racial justice over many years, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude and respect. But we believe much more is required of our congregation. We believe it is our duty, as people of conscience, to band together as one and join the struggle for the dignity and equality of all. Consequently, the Board is asking all of UUCA to join together in a congregation-wide effort to further the cause of racial justice.

Racial justice is an enormous problem; defining what UUCA can do to most effectively promote it now and in future years will take time and effort to sort out. But given that racial justice is a core UU value of renewed and pressing importance, we must act now. At our October meeting, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution creating the Racial Justice Advisory Council. This Council’s first task will be to understand – in conversation with congregants and staff – UUCA’s racial justice strengths, challenges, and possibilities. Then, the Council will use that understanding to define meaningful and achievable racial justice goals, both near-term and long-term, that involve us all. Those goals will then be presented to the congregation for approval. Consistent with UUCA governance, those goals (if approved) will be integrated into our “Ends Statements” – our formal description of what we want UUCA to do and to be. These Ends Statements also charge our staff to make sure, in collaboration with us all, that we achieve those goals.

At its November 10th meeting, the Board named five UUCA members to this Advisory Council. They are all people with significant racial justice experience, knowledge, and commitment. They will start their efforts soon, and will be speaking with and listening to members and groups within UUCA. So, be on the lookout! And please participate! We sincerely hope you will help us make UUCA a congregation known for its commitment to racial justice and its actions that move us closer to that dream.

The UUCA Board of Trustees
Laurel Amabile (Clerk), Louise Anderson, Michael Beech, Cecil Bennett, Karen Dill, Clyde Hardin (Vice President), Judy Harper, Julie Stoffels, Ryan Williams (President)

Harvest the Power – Week of Action for UU the Vote

Commit to joining in our Harvest the Power week of action, coming up October 21-27.  Join nearly 1000 UUs in committing to join the Harvest the Power Week of Action.

October 21-27: Paricipate in a UU the Vote Phonebank  with UUCA

October 21-27: Prepare for work after Election Day. Attend the training, “Ready and Resilient: Organizing for Nov 3rd and Beyond.” More information coming on that.

October 21: National Phonebank to Wisconsin 

October 24: National Phonebank to Pennsylvania 

October 25: UU the Vote Evening Worship

October 26: Vote Love Pledge Rally with DJ Carmen and special guests 

October 27: National Phonebank to Florida 


 Make a gift to UU the Vote. As we head into this final stretch of the campaign, we need your support to ensure that we have the most possible impact. In honor of this pivotal year, can you make a gift of $20.20? Or $2,020, or $2.02? Your donation goes directly to the work of this campaign, funding calls and field organizing and our partners in the work.

Buncombe County Bd of Elections Needs VOLUNTEERS!

There is a pressing need for volunteers to help create ballot packets to be mailed out to absentee voters. The Board of Elections already has thousands of Absentee Ballot requests and not nearly enough staff to do the job. The shifts will be 9-12n or 1:30-4:30pm each weekday.

The task requires focus on detailed precise work – repetitive, time-consuming stuff, and incredibly important! Ideally, they’re looking for folks who can commit to certain shifts weekly but any help will be welcome. They are looking for help ASAP, as they will start creating the mailings today, with “packets in the mail” to begin September 4.  Interested volunteers should contact Kaylea Noce at 828-250-4216 or Kaylea.noce@buncombecounty.org

UU the Vote-Keep Going!!!

MORE POSTCARDS TO WRITE   We’re on a roll!  In June, UUCA volunteers wrote 1,000 postcards, joining our partners Forward Together, Reclaim Our Vote and the NAACP in reaching out to 8,000 disenfranchised NC voters, encouraging them to confirm their voter registration status in preparation for the 2020 election. In July we plan to double our efforts with a goal of sending 2,000 postcards to residents of our own WNC region. All supplies and clear instructions will be provided for this justice-driven home-based activity. Email Amy Moore (piecegardens@gmail.com) to sign up.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED FOR THE FALL  Even without the pandemic, Election Services in all counties would be looking for Election Day and Early Voting workers for the fall general election. However, the need to recruit additional poll workers, especially younger people, is critical now. These are paid positions!  In Buncombe County, apply here or call 250-4226 for details. For poll worker information in other NC counties, check herePlease get the word out to anyone you believe would be interested.

BE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. Visit the new Online Voter Registration Tool, from UU North Carolina partner You Can Vote, for a one-stop place to verify and update your registration status and download and complete a paper registration application as needed.

REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT  You Can Vote’s How-To Guide to Vote-By-Mail walks you through the step-by-step process to make sure your vote counts in 2020! Remember, you can request an absentee ballot and still choose later to vote in person.
STAY ENGAGED  Bookmark this page for current UU the Vote voter engagement and elections advocacy information and ways to get involved in local, state and national efforts. With less than 4 months left to get out the vote it is crucial to stay informed about what is needed to ensure fair and safe access for all to cast their ballots in November! 

Justice Seekers: Opportunities to Act!

Take action by focusing on topics and activities relevant for parents, guardians and educators:

  • Listen to online conversations webinars and read articles focused on raising children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race: Embrace Race

UU THE VOTE!
UU the Vote!!!! The advocacy at home resource has been updated. Thank you, Melissa Murphy! Check it out to learn ways you can get involved: bit.ly/UUtheVote

PROMOTE THE CENSUS 
How does this relate to voting & elections? The 2020 Census data will be used to determine new representation as well as potential new maps!

What can you do? Everyone can play a role in the 2020 Census by sharing information about the census on your social media channels and reminding your family, friends and neighbors how important their response to the census is in shaping the future of our community and state for the next ten years.

Census Info to Share: If you have not received an official invitation in the mail or had a questionnaire dropped off at your door call one of the following numbers:
English: 844-330-2020 ; Spanish:844-468-2020; Russian: 844-417-2020

This video explains how to complete the 2020 Census: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCM0XrSynFw&feature=youtu.be

 

Justice Requires Us to ACT!

A Letter From Rev. Claudia and Rev. Mark
Last week Mark and I discussed reaching out to the Justice Ministry Council inviting them to jointly issue a statement of solidarity with the Black community. Our goal was to speak up about the disrespect of Black bodies, the ingrained institutional disregard for Black humanity, witnessed yet again with a tragic death, the flagrant murder of George Floyd even as COVID-19 is disproportionately afflicting the marginalized communities already vulnerable as a result of societal imbalance.
 
We are called as a religious community to affirm and promote the worth and dignity of all. It is a core belief we must act upon and not just discuss. We feel that this moment calls every one of us to consider the work we must do to disrupt white supremacy in ourselves and our institutions.
 
As the Council discussed making a statement, it became apparent to us that we do not have a relationship with the Black community in Asheville that gives us a ground from which to make this statement. Despite our concern, we as a congregation have yet to get proximate with people in that community beyond our comfortable social circles. We concluded that we as a congregation are in no place to speak with authenticity in this moment. We have work to do.
 
The Justice Ministry Council has created this congregational letter as a first step to share ideas and encourage each of us to begin this work. It is individual work that requires commitment, deep reflection, humility, and consistency in understanding how white supremacy culture has shaped our lives. It also requires us to reach out beyond our congregation to advocates and allies in our community and beyond. These times demand it. Reach out to Council members, or one of us. We are all on different stages on the journey of showing up for justice for our Black siblings.
 
We invite you to join us if you are able tomorrow at the Prayer In Action: A Gathering of Solidarity for Peace and Justice organized by a group of local clergy.
When?  Tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 at noon. 
Where? The event will be on Church Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic. 
Speakers: Rev. John Grant will open with comments and prayer, with L.C. Ray, Herbert Grant, Tyrone Greenlee and the pastors at Central United Methodist, First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal also being involved (plus others). 
Attendees are asked to social distance and wear masks.
   
Rev. Claudia and Rev. Mark
A Letter from the Justice Ministry Council: Moving from Outrage and Grief to Action

UUCA Justice Ministry Council members are Eleanor Lane, Nancy Bragg, Deborah Holder, Joyce Birkenholz-Wallin, Linda Kooiker, Martha Kiger,  MaryAnn Somervill, Melissa Murphy, Elizabeth Schell, Wink Zachritz.

“People of faith, particularly those of us who are white progressives, need to combat the systems of criminalization in our country. Systems of policing and criminalization in this country are inherently violent, steeped in and created to reinforce white supremacy, anti-blackness and radicalized control.”~Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the UUA.

In a recent UU denominational Call to Action letter, we are reminded that “as the pain and grief of centuries of violence without justice find their expression, let us remember the Rev. Dr. King’s words: ‘America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?’”  We invite you to read the rest of this powerful call to action (at the link above).

But what shall we do as a congregation? As individuals within a faith community that lifts up the “inherent worth and dignity of all people” as our first principle? The inherent worth and dignity of our Black and Brown siblings is not being respected, but instead seen as expendable. This is not a new thing. But perhaps in this pandemic moment where much of our “normal” is on pause, we are better able as White people to SEE and HEAR the distress of our Black and Brown siblings. But what shall we do with what we are seeing and hearing? And what shall we do with the feelings that come with all of it?

We must not turn away. We must not be silent. But how we witness and how we speak up, show up, participate in much needed resistance and transformation in these times will look different for each of us. Below are some ways to “take action” (in many different forms) in these troubling times: 

Take action by joining UUCA’s learning and action groups now:
Join UUCA’s Dismantling White Supremacy group on the first Friday of each month for deep personal reflection; contact Joy McConnell  

Join UUCA’s Anti-Racism and Immigration Justice Action Group (formerly ReCommitting to Black Lives Matter); contact Eleanor Lane

Take action by joining with others for action items our partners have called upon us to do:
Join with other UUs from our congregation and around the state for Friday Action Hour with Forward Together, the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina; to get the Zoom link and the action items you can follow this link. 

Subscribe to Ron Katz’ newsletter, Social Justice Opportunities, with timely ways you can take action.

Take action by studying the issues:
Read and reflect on Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”Read and reflect on this work by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun from 2001: “White Supremacy Culture” (From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups). A more easily-printable pdf version can be found here.

Read and reflect on “Tips for White Folks” blog post by Ashley Cooper with advice/reflections from Jessica Norwood: https://ashleypcooper.com/2020/06/03/999/

Read and reflect on (these can be future book study opportunities)  Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies by Rima Vesely-Flad, Professor of Religious Studies at Warren Wilson College OR Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynold and Ibram X. Kendi. This is the abridged, young adult version of Stamped from the Beginning OR Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin.

Take action by focusing on topics and activities relevant for parents, guardians and educators: Engage with your family using Colorful Pages (local) Listen to online conversations webinars and read articles focused on raising children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race: Embrace Race

Take action by supporting  local community groups and Black businesses with your treasure:
Support Black businessesColor of Asheville website:  and see the Black-Owned Business and Community Directory. Also check out the  Hood Huggers International Green Book for more business listings. 

Support local youth organizations:  My Daddy Taught Me That My Sistah Taught Me That Dewana Little’s Positive Changes Youth Ministries Support local justice organizations: Just Economics BeLoved Asheville Homeward Bound Pisgah Legal

Join or contribute money to CoThinkk, a local giving collective led by People of Color that funds grassroots Black and Latinx leaders and their work in the community.

Support Northside Achievement Zone working with parents, students and local partners to drive a culture shift in predominantly black North Minneapolis.
           
UUCA Justice Ministry Council:
Eleanor Lane, Nancy Bragg, Deborah Holder, Joyce Birkenholz-Wallin, Linda Kooiker, Martha Kiger, MaryAnn Somervill, Melissa Murphy, Elizabeth Schell, Wink Zachritz.

Opportunities for Justice Seekers

Zoom Friday Action Hour. Every Friday at 11 AM join UUs from across the state to advocate for justice from home. So far 3 of us from UUCA have attended…I think we can do better! All you have to do is show up and they’ll have a list of easy, impactful actions ready to go. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by good justice music, fellowship, and support if you need it. Join us and meet fellow UUs committed to justice work. Contact Rev. Claudia for the link.

Other opportunities for AT-HOME Activism & Advocacy: Stay up-to-date with ways you can continue to be active for Democracy while staying home and staying safe… visit bit.ly/UUtheVote

A Learning Opportunity…

As the 2020 election draws near, the UU Living Legacy Project is offering a monthly online series focused on voting rights. Sessions will be explore what we can learn from the Voting Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to apply to challenges we face today in these unprecedented times. Sessions will be the last Tuesday of every month starting May 26 until Election Day 2020! All programs begin at 7:30 pm Eastern; each program is 60 minutes followed by informal discussion time.
Moderators:  Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and the Rev. Carlton E. Smith
Registration required.http://www.uulivinglegacy.org/votingrights.html

Anti-Racism and Immigrant Justice Action Group

Dedicated to dismantling racism in ourselves, our community, and our country through education, supporting local and national efforts toward racial and immigrant equity and justice, and working toward systemic change in racist and xenophobic structures  (formerly ReCommitting to Black Lives Matter Action Group).

Zoom gatherings the second Thursday of the month at 2:30pm. We welcome everyone to join us!   Contact Eleanor Lane.

Justice Seekers at Home

Thank you to all who volunteered to participate in the Reclaim Our Vote Project. The postcard kits will be delivered soon. We appreciate all our postcard writers!

The opportunity to be engaged continues. Below is an invitation from our partner UU Justice Ministry of NC: Forward Together. It is a great way to advocate from home and meet UUs from all over the state.

Introducing Friday Action Hour. Every week Forward Together receives many important calls to action from their justice partners. In recognition of how overwhelming this can feel, the UU Justice Ministry of NC has created a space where UUs from across the state can gather every week to do this work together. All you have to do is show up and they’ll have a list of easy, impactful actions ready to go. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by good justice music, fellowship, and support if you need it. Join other UU congregations and meet fellow UUs committed to justice work. Every Friday at 11:00 am on Zoom. The Zoom link is shared in the UUCA e-NEWS or you can contact Rev Claudia at faithdev@uuashevile.org

A learning opportunity from the UU Living Legacy Project:
As the 2020 election draws near, the UU Living Legacy Project is offering a monthly online series focused on voting rights. In these sessions, we’ll be exploring what we can learn from the Voting Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to apply to challenges we face today in these unprecedented times.

Mark your calendars now!
WHEN: Last Tuesday of every month starting May 26 until Election Day 2020!
TIME: 7:30 pm Eastern; each program is 60 minutes followed by informal discussion time.
MODERATORS:  Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and the Rev. Carlton E. Smith
REGISTRATION: http://www.uulivinglegacy.org/votingrights.html


Postcards for the Reclaim Our Vote Project being prepared for shipping at Forward Together.