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Something Feels Different This Time
Carey McDonald, UUA Director of Outreach
Something feels different this time. I mourned for Mike and Freddie, I couldn’t breathe when Eric died, I said Sandra’s name, I was so angry about Tamir, and I just wept after Charleston. And yet this week has been a whole other experience, the sadness and also the trauma, the bleakness, the cortisol, the G-force of American racism leaving me reeling. My gut in knots, my vision blurry, a dull ringing in my ears.
Maybe it’s the wake of #Orlando, which drained us in heartbreak and wrung out our tears. The one-two punch of #Alton and #Philando, the nauseating videos I willed myself to bear witness to for a split second before turning away. Their deaths left us no time to brace for the visceral impact of #Dallas. I stayed up till 1 am on Twitter, struggling to understand what it would mean if the shooter claimed the mantle of black liberation for his assassinations. Which of course he did, thereby getting it exactly backwards. The tragic threads of mass shooting and racialized violence have merged into a single epic American sickness. #HeartbreakWeek.
Each month, UUCW gives half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
The Benedict Center is an interfaith nonprofit agency working with victims, offenders and the community to achieve a system of criminal justice that is fair and treats every person involved with dignity and respect.Read more...
Since September 2015, the Holistic Study has been underway to analyze and improve the usage of UUCW’s building and land to serve the mission and ministries of the congregation.Read more...
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Sunday, July 31st, 2016—10:00 a.m.
Rev. Suzelle Lynch
Summer is the traditional time for vacationing: taking time to shed the heavy mantle of responsibility most of us carry in our everyday lives, time to rest, relax, and perhaps kick up our heels a little! When we “vacate” our usual routines, what happens next? Do the worlds of work and worry grind to a halt in our absence? Or perhaps our absence allows for something new to happen. Is there a UU “theology of vacation?”Read more...