red and blue logo that says National Popular Vote“National Popular Vote” Talk & Action Hour
Monday, February 7, 7-8:15pm, Zoom
For all but one of the 500,000 elected offices in our country, the candidate with the most votes, wins. The exception is the President/Vice-President. In our century the effects of “winner take all voting” and emphasis on the battleground states have led to two second place presidents. Hear from Suzanne Fisher, President of the Asheville-Buncombe County League of Women Voters, about how the National Popular Vote, a constitutionally conservative approach that retains the Electoral College, will ensure that the President will always be the candidate with the most popular votes.

Co-hosted by the UU Congregation of Asheville, UU Fellowship of Hendersonville, and the UU Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. Register here.

Sign up for UU Justice NC’s new Weekly Friday Action Hour Email that will include a promo of the week’s actions, the Zoom link, and the link to our Actions Google Doc. Click here to sign up! Every week, UU’s and justice partners across the state gather to recap the past week and take action on the issues impacting our state and country. And there is always great music to help us feel the justice movement in our bones!

UUA Common Read 2021-22
This UU Common Read invites us to ask ourselves, “Why is it important for UUs to Defund Fear?”

Plan to gather for a deep dive into Zach Norris’s Defund Fear: Safety without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment (Beacon Press, 2021) in Spring 2022. While Zach Norris’s book is secular, the issues it confronts and the solutions he offers raise core theological questions for Unitarian Universalists. Groups can meet for one 90-minute session or adapt the discussion materials to go deeper together with multiple meetings. Three different, parallel discussion tracks will support any UU group, an exclusively BIPOC group, or an activist group to explore personal connections to America’s public safety story and bring UU theologies to bear. Video materials, including conversations with author Zach Norris, will be available starting in April, 2022 to support our exploration.
Get started now:

Thirty Days of Love 2022

Week 2: Democracy & Voting Rights
30 Days of Love is our faith’s annual season of spiritual nourishment, political deepening, and collective action. This week’s offerings include multigenerational resources, healing meditations, political education, and collective action to support our community in our democracy and electoral work.

Side With Love’s live events this week include:
ActionPhonebank for Voting Rights on January 30.
Political Education: January 27: WebinarBuilding Power and Democracy.
Worship: January 28Friday Songs of Joy.

Week Two: January 24 – 30 – Democracy & Voting Rights
Week Three: January 31 – February 6 – Decriminalization & Racial Justice
Week Four: February 7 – 14 – Climate Justice

More from the Creation Care Alliance:

Hidden Rivers Film Screening & Discussion, 2/5
CCA covenant partners, First United Methodist Church and Grace Church in the Mountains of Waynesville, invite you to a screening and guided discussion of Hidden Rivers on Saturday, February 5th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church gym. This event will also be offered via Zoom to registered participants. Learn more and register here.

Winter Eco-Grief Group, beginning 2/11
Join us for an Eco-Grief Circle beginning Friday, February 11th. This seven-week online experience will be offered in sessions that last about 1 hour and fifteen minutes, from 12:00 – 1:15 pm. Together, we will explore grief and sorrow, anxiety and fear, guilt and shame, anger, and despair. The leadership team includes counselors, pastors, and environmental advocates. All times are Eastern time. There is limited space for this online experience. Register here.

“Environmental Injustice: Race, Class, & Climate Change” with William J. Barber III, 2/20
Join us on Sunday, February 20, at 4pm for “Environmental Injustice: Race, Class & Climate Change” with Will Barber III. Barber’s presentation will focus on the many social justice implications of climate change and will be followed by a conversation and Q & A period. This conversation will be offered via Zoom as well as streamed in two in-person locations, Contemporary Baptist Church in Hendersonville and Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville. Learn more and register here.   

You Can Vote’s January Voter Empowerment Trainings on ZoomWe are deeply disappointed that Federal Voting Rights Legislation did not pass in the Senate last week, but there is still so much we can do to powerfully contribute to the democratic process in this important election year. Make sure YOU can empower and educate your community for the spring Primary. Join our partners at You Can Vote for an upcoming training that will get you ready to volunteer with their organization this year! All new and returning volunteers are required to attend this training each year as voting rules change. 

– Wednesday, January 26, 2022 6-7pm. Register here. 
Saturday, January 29, 2022 10-11am. Register here.