Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 PM Register Here As we have learned, discriminatory covenants have been used to keep people of color from buying houses in certain Minnesota neighborhoods, including our own. We have removed racial covenant language from our church property deed. Wayzata Community Education, Just Deeds, Wayzata/Plymouth League of Women Voters and other partners are hosting an event to further spread the word.
Join us to hear a summary of the history and legacy of these practices and learn more about the Just Deeds Coalition, which helps property owners remove the racial covenants from their property deeds and educates the community about this hidden history.
SAVE THE DATESunday, May 2 at 11:15 AM Sojourner Project (our May social generosity recipient) is one of our valued community partners that we like to stay in touch with on a regular basis. On Sunday, May 2nd, Laura Sisterman from Sojourner will attend our service to give us an update about what they do and how we can help them. In their efforts to make this world a safer place for women and children who have experienced physical, mental, or emotional abuse Laura will give a short talk during the offering portion of our service. She will also stay for our coffee hour so you will be able ask her questions and learn more about the important work that they offer in our community. Please give some thought to questions you would like to ask Laura so that we can take advantage of her expertise. Check your Friday Update next week for the Zoom link.
UUCM has been paying attention to the opportunities for us to respond in community. Please see below for community resources, ways to support the Wright family, and avenues for action and advocacy. Keep connected with the Friday Update and UUCM Happenings to learn more in the days ahead.
MN Coalition for Justice For George Floyd & All Stolen Lives Demands Police Accountability Bills
A growing coalition of community groups including Communities United Against Police Brutality, Minnesota Disability Justice Network, Minnesota Justice Coalition, Racial Justice Network, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota demands police accountability and an end to police violence. Click here to learn more about the bill and show your support.
A 20-year-old Black man was shot and killed by police this past Sunday in Brooklyn Center. The specifics surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. However, the result is the same: another Black man killed by police.
His name is Daunte Wright. We extend our sincere condolences to Daunte’s family. We all will process and react to this differently. Some will experience re-traumatization; others will feel a sense of hopelessness, rage, sadness, frustration and disappointment.
Whatever your response is, we want to make sure you have the support and resources necessary to deal with this effectively. Our mission is to respond to emergency needs, and for some this is an emergency. Therefore, here is a list of resources available to those who need support.
As a community I want to remind us that “everyone counts; everyone has an irreplaceable role to play.”
What brings you to tears may be different than what brought me to tears… but if you need a space to mourn (not that there’s any shortage of that for many), here is one. And if you need to connect, please reach out, we are here.
Standing in a circle of faith leaders, watching the little boy enjoying an LED votive candle held by a family member, who switched off and re-lit the candle, again and again, for the toddler to “blow out.” Tears, prayers, and a few well-warranted swears from beloved movement clergy who speak so well. But what seared my heart was this beautiful child, practicing a ritual of birthdays. May he grow old and gray.
“Mourn the dead… and fight like hell for the living” – Mother Jones
For Minneapolis residents, learn more about how to change the Charter Amendment which impacts policing rules for your city: Join Elliott Altbaum (who grew up in Minneapolis’ First Universalist congregation, by the way!), ISAIAH’s Young Adult Coalition leader, for one of the following Public Safety Charter Amendment and Caucus Trainings “to find an answer to our despair and create a future for Minneapolis. Join us for a conversation about what is possible and to build the power we need to win”:
UUCM values courageous love. With the display of these three powerful words, UUCM furthers its commitment to racial justice and pledges with this public statement to stand in solidarity with all people of color and fight oppression wherever we find it. We invite you to join us in this work. For more information, visit our website.
On Sunday, March 21 Kira Berglund, Hennepin County Composting and Recycling Specialist led a presentation about how to compost in your backyard and participate in an organics program. If you missed the presentation or would like a refresher, click here to view a copy of Kira’s slides.