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Since the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Unitarian Universalists in Missouri and elsewhere have participated in marches and vigils, collected food, and joined in calls for justice in investigating the teen’s death.

Daily protests of Brown’s death have ended several times with confrontations with police, who have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Looters have damaged local businesses, and the start of the school year was postponed.

In an August 20 statement, UUA President Peter Morales said, “The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do?”

“Ferguson is not about Ferguson,” Morales said. “It is about the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America.” He encouraged UUs to “stand on the side of love with those seeking healing and some measure of justice,” and to “rededicate ourselves to the work of building a world where events like those in Ferguson are unthinkable.” (via : missouri uus hold vigils, collect food for ferguson)

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Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism, edited by Leah Hart-Landsberg and Marti Keller, available at


I knew many people at seminary who were of a different political stance than I am.  We voted differently in every election, we were on opposite sides at protests or marches and we weren’t anywhere near each other with respect to theology.


But we had some common ground.

At the time, I worked at a food pantry and oftentimes volunteers would join me from the seminary.  Despite all the differences we had, there was a common interest in bettering the world and helping people in need.  My friends believed that God was telling them to go volunteer.  I believed that by volunteering I was creating God.  It didn’t matter whether our god was a proscriptive being, or an action done in love.  We worked together handing out food and scrubbing pots and pans, standing on our common ground.

It is easy to see differences: in politics, in religion, appearance…  but those aren’t nearly as important as our similarities.


There is usually common ground, we just need to find it.  So when you disagree with a person or a group of people, don’t just write them off.  Be open to them in loving kindness and try find some common ground where you can both stand.  Try to push open the boundaries of differences and see where they are coming from, and allow them the time and difficulty to do the same with you.  This is a hard task, but it is worthwhile, for we can create a world of peace and communal love.

Find the common ground, work toward a world transformed not by confrontation and angst, but by conversation and caring.

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(A reading from our UU hymnal this morning.)

Mass water shutoffs in Detroit, Mich., are making news around the world. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has begun disconnecting water from households that have been unable to pay their water bills. In May alone, the DWSD served 46,000 shutoff notices and executed over 4,000. Local community leaders say the numbers are closer to 3,000 per week.

Water is a basic human right. People need water for drinking, bathing, and even flushing the toilet! At the same time the utility is issuing mass shutoff notices, it raised the cost of water 8.7 percent.

Who will be most hurt by Detroit’s water shutoffs? Individuals and families, including infants, children, people living with disabilities, people who are chronically ill, and the elderly. Their health is at risk without adequate water and sanitation. Child Protective Services must, by law, move to protect children in homes without adequate water and sanitation — children may be taken from their parents and put into foster care.

What happens in Detroit will impact tens of thousands of people and send a message to the rest of the country. DWSD is the third largest provider of drinking water and wastewater treatment services in the United States. We need to take action now to protect families in Detroit and to ensure that clean drinking water in the United States does not become a luxury good.

Take action now: Sign the statement at the link. UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are petitioning Mayor Michael Duggan, DWSD Director Sue McCormick, and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to restore water to most vulnerable households and to stop further shutoffs to vulnerable households. Help us send a strong message to Detroit’s emergency manager and water utility director. Help stop mass shutoffs and protect residents of this great American city. Help defend the human right to water.

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Sanctuary Boston,
Worship and Waterfire

The music was amazing at this year’s General Assembly. I hope you enjoy this track as much as I do: “Sanctuary,” (words and music by John W. Thompson and Randy Scruggs, adapted lyrics by Dave Ruffin).

Audio pulled from the video of Worship, Witness and WaterFire, posted online at

FACT: Just 14% of workers making less than $10.10 are teenagers

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Jesus had a lot of issue with powerful people using power over the powerless.

Clergy protest Supreme Court by handing out condoms at Hobby Lobby. (via think-progress)

Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, was quick to blast the ruling, saying, “I am horrified by the thought that the owners of Hobby Lobby as Christians think their corporation has a soul, and I’m even more appalled that the Supreme Court agrees.”

There are a lot of religious people who aren’t jerks and work for the betterment of humanity.

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