Unitarian Universalist

2015 JPD District Assembly – Weaving the Fabric of Our Faith: A Tapestry of Impact, Innovation and Interconnection – April 10-11, Lafayette Hill, PA

Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 11
ACE Conference Center 800 Ridge Pike in Lafayette Hill, PA

The keynote speakers will be Mark Bernstein, Congregational Life Staff of the Central East Regional Group (CERG) of the UUA, and Patricia Infante, Congregational Life Staff of the Central East Regional Group (CERG) of the UUA .

DC Area People of Color Gatherings

Group sessions begin in October.
First Sundays-Leaders of Color

Lay leaders of color who serve as Board members,RE teachers, Social Justice Committee members

Second Sundays-Youth of Color

Youth ages 13 -18 years old, who identify as a person of color.

Third Sundays-Multi-Racial Families

At least one person identifies as UU and at least one person in the family identifies as a person of color.

Meeting of Unitarian Universalists for Environmental Justice and Climate – January 10, River Road UU Congregation, Bethesda, MD

Saturday, January 10, 9:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
River Road UU Congregation
6301 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

Final Agenda: UU Green Leaders Meeting
Saturday, Jan.10, 2015 – River Road UU Congregation, Bethesda, MD

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration: Coffee and bagels will be served.

9:30-10:15 a.m. Welcome & reflective reading. Overview of congregational environmental activities.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Overview of UUA Commit2Respond web site.

10:30-11:15 a.m. Broadening and deepening interfaith voices in climate solutions and environmental justice. Eric Goplerud (Fairfax UU)

11:15-11:40 a.m. Climate mitigation action locally: Montgomery County International Green Construction Code. Molly Hauck (Cedar Lane UU)

11:40-12:05 p.m. Climate mitigation nationally and internationally: Strategies for eliminating fossil fuels by 2050. Jack Lebowitz (RRUUC)

12:05-12:45 p.m. Breakout groups:

Fostering energy efficiency and renewable energy, plus UU congregational divestment strategies
Growing interfaith climate activists
Advancing the welfare of vulnerable communities affected by climate change.

12:45-1 p.m. Report back. Next meeting. Adjourn

1:00-1:45 p.m. Lunch provided

1:45-2:45 p.m. Small group brainstorming meeting to better defining the purposes of Green Leader meetings.

Follow the UU Congregation of Columbia’s Haiti Service Learning Trip Travel Blog

The UU Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) Haiti Journey team flew off on a service-learning trip to Haiti Saturday morning, January 17th. They return one week later on Saturday, on January 24th. They will be traveling through a program offered by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, as part of a larger group of participants.

Follow the group on their journey through their blog, http://haititravelers.blogspot.com/

From our UUSJ Co-Chair Hal Fuller on Why He Attended Justice GA

Hal Fuller is a member of the UU Congregation of Fairfax, Virginia. He is a founder and co-chair of “UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region” Hal recently facilitated and participated in “Building the World We Dream About,” a Unitarian Universalist Association program offered at UUCF that “seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another.”

OpenDoor Housing Fund – Safe and Socially Responsible Investing UUs invest well in a place that does good

This allows OpenDoor to make short-term, low interest loans to tenant associations and nonprofit and for profit local affordable housing providers, preserving affordable housing, preventing foreclosure and financing “green housing. When these projects are completed and sold or rented, OpenDoor’s loans are repaid and the money is available to be loaned out again.