Recovery That Cares

Interfaith Power & Light reminds us that before the pandemic crisis clean energy was a big economic bright spot. “But since March, we’ve lost over half a million clean energy jobs. We can reverse those losses and create jobs right now by investing in clean energy tax credits.

“We also need to do more to protect the health of our communities, especially our most vulnerable. One way we can do that is by stopping utility shut-offs nationwide. All our neighbors deserve access to clean water and electricity. Especially during a public health emergency, we must make sure that everyone has what they need to stay safe and healthy at home. And in the longer term, we can lower utility bills, create jobs, and better care for Creation by investing in programs that improve energy efficiency in low-income households.

“Keeping our communities healthy also means addressing decades of environmental injustice. As we fight a virus that attacks our lungs, we know that too many neighbors – especially in communities of color – have been forced to breathe more than their fair share of pollution. We can work towards restoring the divine gift of clean air for all by investing in the EPA’s Environmental Justice grants, funds that cut pollution and create jobs through local community projects.

“Finally, we can create jobs by investing in the necessary transition away from the fossil fuels that make our communities sicker. Let’s start that process with the RECLAIM Act, a bipartisan bill to provide funding for cleanup and economic development in communities with abandoned coal mines. By including that funding in the next recovery package, we could both protect people’s health and provide immediate employment for hard-hit communities.”

Please take a moment today to urge your senators to support a recovery that cares for Creation and our most vulnerable neighbors.

Films and TV Series to Watch

• American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
• 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
• Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
• Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
• Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
• Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
• Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
• I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
• If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
• Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
• King In The Wilderness — HBO
• See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
• Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
• The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
• The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
• When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

(Excerpt from “First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources For White People,” Forbes, 06/02/2020)

Summer Sunday: Is This the Human Race?

July 19- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am.​ A service for all ages and hands on simultaneous, creative ​​​adventure! For this fun adventure you will need the following supplies: several 81/2 x 11 plain white paper, pencils (or age dependant: pens, markers, crayons), scissors, and a flat working surface, https://youtu.be/21qi9ZcQVto. ​​Service Leader: Libby Earle, Storyteller: Bethany Smith, Creative leader: Liz Woedl.

Bonus: https://huucsj.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/uu-principles-tiny-book.pdf

This year, because the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of the services will be on ZOOM, Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 A.M. For access to the Meeting I.D. and Password, please contact Libby at mearle1945@gmail.com .

Summer Sunday- Life in the Era of Pandemic

July 12- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am. Life in the Era of Pandemic: A Conversation About the Past, Present and Future. Participants will have a chance to share their insights and speculate on the future. Download the colorful worksheet. Service Leader: Libby Earle, Presenter: Liz Woedl.

This year, because the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of the services will be on ZOOM, Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 A.M. For access to the Meeting I.D. and Password, please contact Libby at mearle1945@gmail.com .

July Summer Sundays

This year, because the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of the services will be on ZOOM, Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 A.M. For access to the Meeting I.D. and Password, please contact Libby at mearle1945@gmail.com .

  • July 5- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am. Sadly, area Pride parades and events are cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We’ll discuss the current challenges of the GLBTQ+ community. Service Leader: Bethany Smith.
  • July 12​- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am.  Overview of GA from a Social Justice Perspective. Service Leader: Libby Earle, ​​Presenter: Liz Woedl.
  • July 19- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am.​ Is this the Human Race? A service for all ages and hands on simultaneous, creative ​​​adventure! For this fun adventure you will need the following supplies: several 81/2 x 11 plain white paper, pencils (or age dependant: pens, markers, crayons), scissors, and a flat working surface, https://youtu.be/21qi9ZcQVto. ​​Service Leader: Libby Earle, Story teller: Bethany Smith, Creative leader: Liz Woedl.
  • July 26​- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am.​ Response to Social Distancing: A virtual coffee hour. (You might want to virtually share ​​​your refreshments.) ​​Service Leader: Bethany Smith.

Justice at UUA General Assembly

This year, the Unitarian Universalist Assembly was a completely electronic gathering due to the pandemic. Daily services, workshops and speakers were quite diverse with intriguing sermons and beautiful, uplifting music.

A fulfilling part of the event was within the Business Meeting Sessions of the General Assembly 2020. Adopted were two Actions of Immediate Witness:

The following Proposed Responsive Resolutions were also adopted:

You can view several videos of the weeks sessions on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/UUAElectronicComm/videos

Supporting the Right to Vote!

In support of UU Justice Ohio, the Social Justice Committee, Hopedale UU Community, voted to support their critical voter engagement work with a donation of $300 to help them meet a matching challenge grant. 

Several members of the congregation are involved with UUtheVote-Cinci. If you would like to help contact potential Voters with a non-partisan message to check their registration and pledge to vote on November 3, please contact Liz Woedl, liz.woedl@gmail.com.

Zoom Sunday Service- Examining Systemic Racism

June 21- ZOOM, 10:30-11:30am. Examining Systemic Racism: discussing Poor People’s Campaign Virtual March. On Saturday, June 20, 10am, the Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington will have arrived online, june2020.org. It promises to be the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. How did it go and what did we learn?

This year, because the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of the services will be on ZOOM, Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 A.M. For access to the Meeting ID and Password, please contact Libby at mearle1945@gmail.com .