On Sunday, March 8, 2015, hundreds of Unitarian Universalists, dressed in Standing on the Side of Love gear, marched with tens of thousands of people across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, to honor the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for twenty-four years. In 1981 I remember reading the New York Times thoroughly one summer day as I rode the subway. Somewhere way in the back pages I saw an article reporting that a number of young men were suffering from Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare cancer usually found only in older men with Mediterranean heritage.
The Rev. Lindi Ramsden, a Unitarian Universalist minister long at the forefront of work for human rights and environmental justice, wrote these blessings—"beatitudes"—for people who work for positive change. They are part of of our collection of readings, reflections, and prayers on WorshipWeb.
Blessed are you who can question your own assumptions and listen with an open mind; you will receive new insights beyond your imagining.
Blessed are you who suffer the attacks of others to stand up for what is right; you will not be alone, for your courage will inspire others to rise.
Blessed are you who build friendships as well as justice; even when you lose an issue, you will have strengthened the foundation of your community.
Blessed are you who take delight in people; you will not be bored in meetings.
From World Water Day to Earth Day (March 22 to April 22, 2015), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will begin a spiritual journey for climate justice.
Climate Justice Month is being organized by Commit2Respond, the new environmental justice initiative led by UU groups across our faith movement. Join Commit2Respond to participate, and if you’re a congregational leader, save the dates for Climate Justice Sunday and Earth Day observances.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 is fully revised and available from the UUA Bookstore. This progressive, inclusive, comprehensive program is the keystone in the lifespan series of sexuality education programs the UUA and United Church of Christ published together beginning 1999.