Welcome to UU Ministry for Earth
A New Wind Blowing in the Northwest
Enjoy a new reflection by Florence Caplow, 2014-15 intern minister at Quimper UU Fellowship in Pt. Townsend, WA. She chronicles the launch of the Lummi Indian Nation’s 5,000 mile Totem Pole Journey to the Canadian tar sands to draw attention to the negative effects of fossil fuel extraction on many Native American lands. Several members of the Lummi Nation will participate in two General Assembly workshops as well leading our Public Witness, all on Saturday, June 27. Read the reflection here.
Save the Date!
Extend your GA experience by joining UUMFE's Environmental Justice Tour of Portland, starting with dinner and presentations following the GA closing ceremony on Sunday, June 28, and the tour itself on Monday, June 29, from 9 am to 3-4 pm. More details here.
Change the Story, Change the Future
David Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006), presented a major lecture and a workshop at GA 2007 in Portland, OR. He will be back again at GA 2015 in Portland to share insights from his brand new book Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. The official publication date is Feb. 2, but the book was launched on Jan. 25 at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Watch this 42-minute presentation at the “Rector’s Forum” and a longer presentation later that day (two hours). Both are well worth your time.
UUMFE Winter Newsletter
(January 21, 2015) The UUMFE Winter Newsletter is now available. Contents include:
- Join Commit2Respond for Climate Justice Journey
- From the Board Chair: Are We Healers, Leaders or Trailblazers?
- Honor Congregations – Thanks!
- Download UUMFE Resources
- Update From the Environmental Justice Collaboratory
- Hold Your Head Up
- A Growing Justice Movement
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville Divests!
- Save the Date for Portland GA
- A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking At People Looking At Animals In America – A Review of Wild Ones, by Jon Mooallem
- Looking Deep in the Heart . . . with t.e.j.a.s. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services)
- HighWaterLine Delray Beach Project Receives UUA Funding
- Climate Justice Lobby Weekend
- Global Divestment Day
- Help Empower UUs: Support Development of Additional UUMFE Services
Lighting the Way
(Nov. 25, 2014) A message from the Commit2Respond campaign
“To change everything we need everyone.” This slogan of the People’s Climate March spoke to the coming together of people from every community and interest group, and also the fact that the march coincided with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
In order to halt climate change we need all countries to join the struggle.
You can help. Next week Commit2Respond is joining OurVoices for #LightForLima, a global, multi-faith prayer vigil, at the invitation of endorser group GreenFaith. December 1-12 is the next opportunity to call on our leaders for climate justice. At the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, held this year in Lima, Peru, leaders will establish the fundamentals of an agreement to be honed over the coming year and signed in Paris next December.
Each evening from December 1-7, households and communities around the world will light a candle, a chalice, or a solar lamp and pray, meditate, or offer an invocation for a climate agreement. Then we’ll take a photo and post it on Facebook or Twitter with our hopes for the future and the tags #LightForLima and #Commit2Respond.
On the evening of Sunday, December 7, people around the world from diverse faith and spiritual communities will gather for vigils. Take action: join or organize a vigil!
Time is running out for a strong climate agreement. World leaders in Lima need to know that people of all faiths and spiritualties are holding them in our thoughts, meditations, and prayers—supporting their efforts to reach an agreement and bearing witness to their decisions. Our lights will guide the way.
UUMFE Fall Newsletter
(Sept. 24, 2014) The UUMFE Fall Newsletter is now available. Contents include:
- Commit2Respond: A Religious Response to Climate Change
- Message from the Board Chair
- People’s Climate March Makes History – UUs Help!
- Take Action for Climate Justice
- Something’s Happening Here . . .
- On the Move – Young Adults Look Back, Move Forward
- Gaia In a Temper
- UU Cool Congregations
- The Giving Garden – Social Justice, Ecology, Community Building
People's Climate March Makes History!
UUs marched in NYC to affirm a new commitment to work towards a sustainable, just, and fossil-fuel free future.
Reports on attendance vary from 310,000 to 400,000 in NYC. About 10,000 marched in the Interfaith contingent; of these, about 1,500 were Unitarian Universalists (the second largest faith group after the Catholics – not bad for a small denomination!). The line of marchers was longer than the parade route (2.6 miles)! Crowds along the way were sometimes 5-6 people deep. Peter Bowden’s photos of UUs in particular and the Interfaith contingent at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3YMmBE. More faith group photos at http://peoplesclimate.org/faith/. Peoplesclimate.org has a one-minute video overview and http://350.org/campaign/peoples-climate-march/ showcases international marches.
How do we capitalize on this remarkable momentum and outpouring of energy to further the goals we all share? Here’s one way: Sign up for Commit2Respond, a new effort led by Unitarian Universalists “to shift to clean, renewable energy, grow the Climate Justice movement, and advance the rights of peoples impacted by climate change” and take part in actions during the coming years. Learn more on the UUMFE Commit2Respond page.
People's Climate March – New York City, Sept. 21, 2014
Mark your calendars! Rev. Peggy Clarke, consultant with the UU Metro New York District, is organizing UUs through this Meetup site. If you plan to go, be sure to register so you can keep up with plans as they unfold. Find more information on the new Facebook page.
Read Bill McKibben's article in Rolling Stone: "A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change," learn about the march and explore transportation options on the main website, and check out the Facebook events page.
The march was conceived by 350.org and many, many other organizations have joined in for the planning and execution of the event, timed to coincide with the UN summit on the climate crisis.
Historic National UU Gathering In Detroit
Many people who do not live in Detroit perceive the city as an example of the nation’s despair and the demise of "The American Dream." Yet, Detroit proved a perfect setting for what later may be seen as a watershed event in UU history.
Twenty-nine UU leaders from around the nation recently came away from a strategic gathering there energized and inspired by local activists and committed to an ambitious action plan for congregational organizing and ministry which weaves together racial, economic, and environmental justice. Read more about the "Environmental Justice Collaboratory."
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