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  • Video from the New Day Rising Conference

    Video from the New Day Rising Conference
    1/30/2019
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  • A New Day Rises for Your Congregation’s Racial Justice Efforts on January 26th in Fairfax, Virginia

    This past summer, I was pondering. Many of my congregational interactions went something like this: “We want to play a role in furthering racial justice work in our congregation, and figure out ways we might be contributing to white supremacy culture. We just can’t decide what...
    By Megan Foley | 11/19/2018
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  • Religious Educators are “Changing the Narrative”

    I have just returned from the annual Fall Conference of the Liberal Religious Educators Association in Houston TX. The theme was “Changing the Narrative” and issues of white supremacy culture within our denomination and the urgency of empowering and sustaining leaders of color...
    By Patricia Infante | 11/12/2018
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  • Social Justice Learning at Home and Away

    There are many opportunities for all of us to learn more about various social justice issues in our homes, congregations or at trainings and events around the region. Here is a sampler of what is available. If you know of others, please recommend them in the comments!...
    10/29/2018
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  • Ohio Issue 1 - Electoral Justice Issue

    Ohio Issue 1, if passed, will dismantle much of the mass incarceration system in Ohio by reducing felony drug possession convictions to misdemeanors retroactively. This aligns with our UU commitments to resist white supremacy, embody solidarity with those harmed by the prison...
    10/22/2018
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  • Dealing with the Flaws

    I love tennis. I play it whenever I can (rather badly) and I am an avid fan. If there is tennis on TV, that’s what is showing at my house. I follow a number of the athletes, I’m on top of the news from the sport, I know exactly where the tour is going next, I have every...
    By Beth Casebolt | 9/24/2018
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  • Grow Your Skills In Battling White Supremacy Culture This Summer!

    One of the things I love about summer is the way you can let concepts and ideas seep into you in a new way, swim around in your heart and gut, forming their own new paths of meaning and inspiring more active steps when the time is right. In that vein, the Central East Region...
    7/23/2018
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  • Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio June 10-17

    We Can Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio ...
    5/31/2018
    Filed in: CERG News
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  • Falling Forward

    You may remember that last spring the UUA was embroiled in a controversy over hiring practices for staff such as myself who serve our congregations.
    By Megan Foley | 5/14/2018
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  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Interdependent Web of Musical Culture

    As Unitarian Universalists have been growing into deeper understanding of White Supremacy Culture, being interculturally respectful and competent, and learning how to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misappropriation, we are learning to learn and share the stories and contexts...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/26/2018
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  • African American Women of the Civil War Era - Untold Stories

    On October 21, 2017, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) was honored to host five visitors from the 1800’s, mostly the Civil War era, through the inspiring performances of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED).
    12/4/2017
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  • UUA's Commission on Institutional Change

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Commission on Institutional Change is charged with long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.
    11/6/2017
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  • UUA Announces Promise and Practice of Our Faith Campaign

    The following letter was set to all congregations announcing the new Promise and Practice of our Faith campaign this month.
    10/30/2017
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  • #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Fall 2017 Dates Announced

    Through public witness, education, and introspection, our faith is coming to understand that fighting white supremacy means both resisting its most blatant forms “out there,” and disrupting its systemic manifestations within.
    9/25/2017
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  • UUA Names Two Books as this Year's Common Read

    Each year, a committee of the UUA selects a book to be the Common Read. Having one common book that individuals and congregations can read together along with a study guide can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience,...
    9/18/2017
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  • Interfaith Anti-Racism & Anti-Supremacy Work in Bellville, OH

    In Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, interfaith classes confronting White Supremacy were developed in response to the larger community's clear lack of understanding on issues of racism....
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 8/7/2017
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  • Resources for Understanding the History of Anti-Racism in the UUA

    Some of you have asked questions about the history of anti-racism in the UUA. There are three videos we highly recommend to help you understand the history and some of the context in which our current conversations are taking place....
    6/26/2017
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  • What on Earth is Juneteenth?

    From its Galveston, Texas roots, the observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day began in 1865 and has triggered a series of far-reaching events that continue to reverberate over the decades—through the present, to the future.
    By Hope Johnson | 6/5/2017
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  • Is Your Congregation Participating in the #WhiteSupremacyTeachIn?

    More than half of all Unitarian Universalist congregations are joining the #WhiteSupremacyTeachIn. Is your congregation one of them? If not, are you wondering what exactly this is?...
    5/1/2017
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  • Thoughts in a Turbulent Time

    Sometimes you sit across from people you know well, even people you love, and you just cannot believe how far apart from them you feel.
    By Megan Foley | 4/10/2017
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  • Juneteenth Celebrations

    JUNETEENTH is a time for reflecting and rejoicing. From its Galveston, TX origin in 1865, the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States, and beyond....
    By Hope Johnson | 7/18/2016
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  • Racial Justice In Community: Don't Do It Alone!

    Last summer when the clergy of Montgomery County, Maryland realized that each was working on racial justice and Black Lives Matter issues in their congregations and communities, and each was struggling with the tensions, hopes, challenges and opportunities that racial justice...
    2/15/2016
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  • Does Your Congregation Have A Black Lives Matter Banner?

    The UUA has created a webpage with a google map that shows which congregations have a Black Lives Matter banner hanging at their building. Please check the map if your congregation displays one and see if you are on it. If not, let us know....
    By Hope Johnson | 2/1/2016
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  • Working for Change

    UU Congregation of Sterling has been working towards change and understanding of racial issues. Here is what they've done from their October Newsletter article - Spare Any Change?...
    10/12/2015
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  • Lessons from Congregations on #BLM

    Many CERG congregations are choosing to respond to the events of the Black Lives Matter movement by posting “Black Lives Matter” signs in front of their congregations.
    By Megan Foley | 10/5/2015
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  • Taking Action in Black Lives Matter

    Is your congregation considering expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, by placing a banner or sign on congregational property or your web presence?
    By David Pyle | 9/28/2015
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  • Selma Sunday

    Selma is now. That is what Common and John Legend had to say at the Oscar’s and what many others have been saying as our nation marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic and transformative events that unfolded there in 1965. The work of Selma isn’t done....
    By Melissa Carvill-Ziemer | 3/9/2015
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  • "Let's Talk" about race at District Assembly

    Our blog posts this month continue to provide updates on social justice in Ohio Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts. This blog post is an invitation to a scheduled conversation at District Assembly on how we will and are responding to the post-Ferguson movements for racial...
    1/12/2015
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  • Can We Hear the Call from Ferguson?

    What do events in Ferguson have to do with the sense of purpose at the core of our congregations?...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 8/25/2014
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