Social Justice

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."
Cornel West

As Unitarian Universalists, living our values is essential to our religious life. We seek out concrete ways to act that will bring healing to our world and hope to our own hearts and spirits.

 

Sharing the Plate

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It was a UUFN member who is also a US veteran who suggested Women Against Military Madness as a Share the Plate recipient back in 2015. Something about that touched me very deeply and still does now that WAMM has been chosen again.


It’s not hard to imagine how those who were drafted into the military might feel strongly about supporting an organization dedicated to educating citizens about the dangers of unchecked militarism. Anyone who serves in the military whether drafted, seeking economic survival, or answering a deep call to protect relies upon an educated citizenry to monitor how they are deployed. It is an absolute travesty when those who serve in the military are used for anything but the highest purposes. Ulterior motives of power and profit can lead to great physical, psychological, and moral injury to our veterans and bring devastation to others.


Half of everything placed in the offering baskets in November (unless marked UUFN Pledge) will be giving to Women Against Military Madness, a nonviolent, feminist organization that works in solidarity with others to create a system of social equality, self-determination and justice through education, action and the empowerment of women. WAMM's purpose is to dismantle systems of militarism, economic exploitation and global oppression. Thank you for giving as you are able and as your heart calls you to.


p.s. Some members have expressed a desire to give 100% of their donation to the Share the Plate recipient. The best way to do that without causing bookkeeping confusion, is to donate directly to the organization by writing and mailing a check to Women Against Military Madness, 4200 Cedar Avenue South, Suite 3, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or via their website: https://www.womenagainstmilitarymadness.org/support/. Thank you for understanding!


Standing on the Side of Love

2015-03-18 18.58.19Along with congregations across the UUA, UUFN has participated in the Standing on the Side of Love effort since it began in 2009.  Each year we host at least one event that seeks to educate our congregation and the larger community on a critical justice issue.  UUFN has stood on the side of love of marriage equality, the movement to ensure that Black Lives Matter, Native American rights, Transgender rights, and more.  Watch for more info about upcoming events!

 

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We don't have to let a few voices of hate and fear speak for our communities.  Let's be clear that all are welcome here and that hate has no business in our community.  Our hope is that businesses, libraries, homes, places of worship, etc, will all show their support for all of our community members.

Download the 8.5x11 poster

Download the 11x17 poster

 

Uniting to End Racism in Our Communities

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UUFN members have joined forces with the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting to help end racism in our community.  Our first action was to table at the Faribault International Festival. Members of both congregations engaged in conversation with people from the community about the importance of addressing racism and offered various resources, including:

"Things We Can Do Now to End Racism in our Community!"

Resources on Police Conduct, Race and the Justice System,

Resources for Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice,

Resources on Protest, Social Movements and Community Visions for Racial Justice

Teen Reading List for Black Lives Matter.

 

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