Stories of Justice
Some history behind the upcoming RJ Reynolds shareholders meeting, and why you’re needed
by Dave Austin
Reaching beyond efforts to simply increase awareness of climate change, the UUA-organized Commit2Respond initiative seeks to move people to commit to taking collective and long-term action for climate justice.
In May, 2014, a Vision Quest Task Force to look into the best practices for doing justice work as a larger congregation was established at ERUUF. After a number of months of study, consultation and discovery, the Task Force has completed its work and generated a very informative and thought-provoking report. The Coordinating Team has written a response to the report and moved forward with implementation by forming and charging a Transition Team. Stay tuned for further developments!
The Justice Vision Quest Task Force Report - Inspired Faith, Effective Action at ERUUF
Appendix A - Congegational Interview Responses
Appendix B - Survey Results
Nearly fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, including Unitarian Universalists, calling on them to join him in Selma. This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary. Rev. Cayer, ERUUF members, Unitarian Universalists, and many more, marched in Selma to continue witnessing against the “disease of racism”: voter disenfranchisement and the eroding of civil rights, the lack of justice especially for the deaths of young men and transgender women of color, and escalating inequality in our country.
See ERUUF in action and witness at Selma.
In February, ERUUFians took part in several Durham CAN Listening Sessions, where they shared their ideas about...
- Providing affordable housing near proposed light rail stations.
- Requiring written consent to search a vehicle and other means to discourage racial profiling.
- Achieving a commitment from the city to support our Latin American children with translation services and ESL in the public schools.
- Getting ALL City Council members, County Commissioners, plus local state and federal representatives to SHOW UP because they have to take this organization seriously. and
- other ideas for making Durham a better and more just place to live.
This year, ERUUFians have the opportunity to join with folks all over the country in this month-long spiritual journey of commitment to action and service. Beginning mid-January, check out E-news and Facebook postings where you’ll find quotes, reminders, and opportunities for love and service. Everyone at ERUUF is asked to offer at least one hour of service during the campaign which runs from January 18 to February 16. May we harness love’s power as we seek to live into our mission of transforming lives.
See listing of Service Saturdays and Events below.
The 150 prisoners on the state's death row got Christmas cards, thanks to a project of the Task Force to Abolish the Death Penalty. Those writing the cards, from left: Candace Carraway, Eddie Lee Carlisle, Julie Linehan, Harriet Whitehead and Joyce Kuhn.
ERUUF Justice Presence at Central Prison on Christmas Morning
What would YOU say if you had 2 ½ hours to talk over the many issues surrounding farmworker welfare with powerful corporate executives, who work for a company that has significant power in the agricultural commodity supply chain? What questions would you ask?
The ministers, staff, and greater ERUUF congregation would like to offer words of encouragement and hope to the family of Michael Brown, Jr. ("Big Mike") in light of the grand jury decision announced on Nov 24 in Missouri. We, too, are grieved at the tragic loss of this young man's life and by what is perceived by many as an unfortunate outcome in the justice system.
(>LINK to UUA Response to situation in Ferguson, MO.)