Waitstill and Martha Sharp, WWII Unitarians, defied the Nazi regime. Today Unitarian Universalists carry on their legacy to defy hatred and fear.

Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp, WWII Unitarians who secretly worked in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents and refugee children, are the subject of a 2016 PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. Today, Unitarian Universalists carry on their legacy.

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How are you carrying on the Sharps' legacy by defying hatred and discrimination today? Islamophobia and the Syrian refugee crisis are modern day parallels to the bigotry the Sharps fought against. Download tools and materials to help plan events and projects, and add your action to the map below.

Join the #WeDefy—Defying the Nazis UU Action Project email list to get regular updates through the film's release. 

​Share on the map what your congregation or group is doing to defy hatred, bigotry and fear of Muslims and refugees through interfaith cooperation. Watch the film, read the book, and get inspired!

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About the #WeDefy Project

Unitarian Universalists will share their deepest faith values on September 20, 2016, when the Ken Burns PBS documentary Defying the Nazis: the Sharps' Story debuts. With its companion book from Beacon Press, the film shows Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a young Unitarian minister and his wife whose secret missions in Nazi-occupied Europe rescued Jews, dissidents and refugee children. Today, Unitarian Universalists continue to work to defy bigotry, fear and discrimination, carrying on the brave legacy of the Sharps. The Defying the Nazis UU Action Project encourages UUs to not just watch the film and read the book, but to also take action, through interfaith cooperaiton, to show commitment to the values the Sharps embodied. The project is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School. It is supported by a generous grant from Artemis Joukowsky and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. 

The project is using the hashtag #WeDefy on social media, provides, tools, tips, stories and action guides to follow the Sharps' example in every context and community. 

Download the Coming Soon flyer to post in your congregation. 

To learn more about the Sharps' story, visit the Defying the Nazis website.

For more information contact outreach@uua.org.

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