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PATH action re: Howard County as Sanctuary

Written by Rev. Paige Getty on .

I hope many of us from UUCC plan to attend the PATH action tomorrow (now today). Please see below the message that went to Jake’s distribution list, reminding us that we won’t be focusing only on CB-9, which is arguably symbolic, even if it passes. Rather, we are organizing for the long haul...

------ Forwarded Message
From: Jake Cohen
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017
Subject: Message from PATH Co-Chairs: See you at tomorrow's action!

Hello, PATH!

We are excited to gather in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors and leaders at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center from 4:30pm-6:00pm tomorrow, Sunday, January 29, 2017.

We will stand together to advance the fight for the protection of our most vulnerable neighbors.

We will hear from young people who came to this country without documents and are now temporary residents under DACA. We will be joined by members of the County Council, and will have an opportunity to ask those Council members to stand with us to support and protect the undocumented residents of Howard County. And most importantly, we will make a commitment to each other, that our work does not begin and end with the bill that is before the Council. We will organize to go deep into our communities, listen to one another, and identify the issues that will make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors through a major listening campaign.

As we continue in this fight, we are clear that the federal government, as well as local forces, are organizing against us. It will take all of us, and more, to stand as a bulwark against hate and division.

Thank you for your commitment to this work and to justice in Howard County.

In community,
Rev. Paige Getty, Co-Chair
Rev. Robert Turner, Co-Chair
Jake Cohen, Lead Organizer

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Jake Cohen
Lead Organizer, PATH (People Acting Together in Howard)

------ End of Forwarded Message

Black Lives Matter Video Series

Written by Robin Slaw on .

Join us for two PBS series: Many Rivers to Cross (series of six parts) and Race: The Power of an Illusion (series of three parts), facilitated by John Harris and Tina Horn. Each session can be attended independently.ManyRivers EdPoster 1 314x402

Many Rivers to Cross
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

Race: The Power of an Illusion
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.

Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn't exist in biology doesn't mean it isn't very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.

Dates: Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 11.
1:00-3:00 pm, 1st and 3rd Sundays.
Contact: blacklivesmatter@uucolumbia.net

Highlights 2016: UU Service Committee

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

Here are a few of the UU Service Committee's highlights in 2016 as it worked with our grassroots partners to:

  • Provide 550 winterization kits to 372 refugee families in the Greek Islands.
  • Distribute free legal aid to 1,117 refugees and psychosocial support to 874 refugees in Serbia.
  • Support the enrollment of 24 Syrian families in resettlement programs in the United States.
  • Aid more than 400 people with disabilities following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
  • Assist more than 23,000 earthquake-affected households in Nepal.
  • Create a credit union in Myanmar/Burma that supports 200 farming families.
  • Participate in the Human Right to Water panel at the United Nations High Level Politics Forum on Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Release the research report “The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States”
  • Train 708 workers in the informal economy of Zimbabwe on human rights, the Zimbabwe constitution, and financial literacy.
  • Carry out human rights and gender equity training for 212 informal workers across Malawi.
  • Provide legal services to 267 refugees and community legal empowerment trainings for 100 more in Tanzania. 

Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for Grades K/1 and 4/5 are starting!

Written by Robin Slaw on .

Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for Grades K/1 and 4/5 are starting!

Good news! We are happy to announce the opportunity for your child to participate in the Elementary-level Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Course for Grades K/1 and 4/5.

Read on for information specific to this class offering at UUCC.

  • Parent Information Session, Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary A. Learn all about Our Whole Lives and see the classroom materials. Great introduction for parents not familiar with the program.
  • Sunday, January 22, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Fourth and Fifth Grade, Parents AND Students attend mandatory parent orientation. Classroom 101.
  • Sunday, January 29, 8:30-10:30 am: Kindergarten and First Grade, Parents AND Students attend mandatory parent orientation. Classroom 116.
  • February 5 through April 2, 9:00-10:00 am: Grades K/1 OWL classes.
  • February 5 through April 2, 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Grades 4/5 OWL classes.

If you are interested in knowing more about this OWL class, please join our trained Elementary OWL instructors and me for a parent information session on Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-8:30 pm in Sanctuary A.

Thank You from Neighbor Network

Written by Karen Mobley, Neighbor Network on .

I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the support given to Neighbor Network’s 2016 Christmas Adopt A Family Program. I am truly grateful for all those who adopted an entire family, purchased a gift(s) for a family, wrapped gifts, delivered gifts to families, and/or helped with phone calls. 

A total of 96 families were sponsored, with a total of 382 individuals receiving gifts. A total of 8 bikes were provided to children, as well as countless other wonderful gifts for families to open on Christmas morning. Housing was provided to a family, who became homeless a week before Christmas, so they could spend the holiday with a roof over their head. Through donations of gifts, time, resources and money we accomplished so much this holiday season. Your continued faith and support of Neighbor Network and its mission, to help those less fortunate, is truly heartwarming. The holidays are a wonderful time for giving and I truly appreciate that you chose to give to the families supported by Neighbor Network’s Adopt A Family Program.

I wish you and your families peace, good health and prosperity this New Year.

Worship With Us

April 30 at 9:00am and 11:00am
Intern Minister Anthony Jenkins will preach
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General Information:

  • Academic Year: Two identical services at 9am and 11am.  
  • Summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend): One service at 10am.
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (Directions), Sanctuary C, 2nd floor, East end of the building.  Read more about worship.

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