Welcome to UU Ministry for Earth
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Wins Award
Need for Appreciation of Earth as the Giver of Life
Tony Giordano, member of the UU Congregation of Monmouth County, NJ, submitted this thoughtful reflection:
If you look up the name of our home planet in most any dictionary, you will see the word “earth.” The fact that it’s not capitalized may seem trivial, but it’s symbolic of the overall way we tend to view our home planet. No respect. Ironically, the other planets are capitalized, as are names of countries, people, automobiles, and so on.
I find it very odd that appreciation for the Earth continues to be so lacking. Why is that? Should we not know better by now? Happily, Unitarian Universalists are much more likely than most to show the proper respect and appreciation. Continue reading . . .
UUMFE Fall Newsletter
(Sept. 16, 2013) The Fall newsletter (PDF) is now available. Content includes:
- Guardian of the Future Award Recipients Are Eco-Justice Super-Heroes
- Message From the Board
- Plan to Screen Bidder 70 at Your Congregation This Fall
- Environmental Justice (EJ) in the Spotlight at GA 2013 in Louisville
- An Eventful Summer for UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
- Fossil Fuel Divestment Update: GA and Beyond
- Program Ideas for the Church Year
- Countdown to Earth Day: Spring Equinox through Earth Day 2014 (March 20th - April 22nd)
- Meditation While Weeding
- Advocating For the Rights of Nature
- Beyond Changing Light Bulbs
- Are We Smarter Than Frogs?
- Photos From 350.org’s Summer Heat actions
- Empower UUs: Support Development of Additional UUMFE Services
We Are All Connected
From Greenpeace USA: On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March On Washington, let's remember what we have in common. People around the county are rising up, together.
Summer Heat Update
In late July and early August, UUs across the country participated in many actions taking on the fossil fuel industry, including civil disobedience. Bill McKibben and 350.org organized "Summer Heat" as one of several campaigns aimed at stopping extreme extraction (see also "Fossil Free" - It's Time to Divest from Fossil Fuels and "Draw the Line on Keystone XL" Day of Action planned for Sept. 21). Read updates on Summer Heat actions from around the country at 350.org. Most articles have links to additional photos and news media coverage. The Flickr photoset from the Camp David-to-DC "Walk for Our Grandchildren" is wonderful.
Summer Heat Richmond, CA: Rally & March to the Cheveron Refinery was particularly successful, with around 2,800 people participating and 208 arrested! Find out more at 350bayarea.org and read an excellent commentary on the event from Paul W. Rea, PhD, Sunflower Power at Chevron’s Gates. See great photos from many other actions at 350.org’s Summer Heat – USA, 2013 photoset on Flickr.
Here is an August 13th summary article from Bill McKibben on the EcoWatch webiste - The Climate Jutice Movement: Diverse, Joyful and Unyielding.
New Leader for UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
We are delighted to welcome Curtis Murphy as our new intern for the growing UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network. Like us, he shares a vision for growing and developing the network, engaging young adults in UU-principled climate activism, and becoming known as a stakeholder group in our denomination and in climate activist circles. Read more . . .
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