Standing on the Side of Love Month

January 20 - Feb. 17, 2013


Building the beloved community we dream about begins with the choices we make to grow, care, and act in service of First UU’s mission and our UU principles. Share your story of how you shine the light of the UU chalice. Post your story to the SSL Month 2013 display, connect with fellow UU’s passionate about the same issues as you during Justice Meet-ups on Feb. 3, and take part in activities to grow, care, and act on the side of love.  There are many ways to participate, including reading, attending events, donating food for the Central Virginia Foodbank (our goal is 1000 pounds!), and engaging in community service activities. 

As you reflect on how you stand on the side of love, one personal action to consider is to be present with those struggling against oppression in the places where these struggles are taking place so you can bear witness to their situation (e.g. listening to a person who’s struggling with homelessness). You might also work in solidarity with others where these issues are being discussed (e.g. community meetings and public witness events), or support the lobbying efforts of organizations advocating on these issues in local, state, national, and global arenas. 


Growing in Capacity to Dismantle Oppression

Reading

  • Read The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan. The Richmond Peace Education Center will facilitate a discussion about it here on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30pm.
  • Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, the UUA Common Read for 2012-2013. Study guide, videos, and more resources available on the UUA web site.

Attending an Event – Wear your ssl t-shirt or sweatshirt!

  • KICKOFF event – Screening & Discussion of Remember the Titans (PG) on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2pm, at the Science Museum of Virginia. Discussion facilitated by The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
  • Generation Dream Youth EduConcert by Richmond Peace Education Center (free) - Friday, Jan. 25, 7pm - Richmond Community HS, and Friday, Feb. 1, 7pm - Richmond Public Library.
  • Cradle to Prison Pipeline Community Forum - Saturday, Feb. 2, 12 to 2pm - First African Baptist Church - panelists include Congressman Bobby Scott; NAACP Executive Director, King Salim Khalfani; Sa'ad El-Amim, former City Councilman; and Dr. Shawn Utsey, Associate Professor at VCU.
  • Screening and discussion of the documentary The Loving Story (2011) at VCU's Southern Film Festival, Feb. 9, 4pm, at the Grace Street Theater .
  • See a film featured in the Environmental Film Festival, Feb. 9 and 10, at the Byrd Theatre. Times TBD. Watch the festival web site for details about movies and showtimes. 

Learning in Community

  • Conversational Spanish Class beginning Jan. 22 at Sacred Heart Center, Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm for 10 weeks, $50 for the class, plus $10 for the book. For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call 804-230-4399.
  • Learn how to Eat Your Way to Justice at the Joyful Justice Gathering on Friday, Jan. 25, 6pm, at First UU. Look for these CREU-sponsored gatherings every other month with a different topic each time. This month’s facilitator: Kate Ruby with Growing Greene. To get a sense of this topic, view the TED talk by Pam Warhurst called “How We Can Eat Our Landscapes” available for free online. Intrigued? Join us! Email Jim Armstrong so we have an accurate count for food.
  • Cradle to Prison Pipeline Community Forum - Saturday, Feb. 2, 12 to 2pm - First African Baptist Church - panelists include Congressman Bobby Scott; NAACP Executive Director, King Salim Khalfani; Sa'ad El-Amim, former City Councilman; and Dr. Shawn Utsey, Associate Professor at VCU.
  • Connect with fellow UU’s passionate about the same justice issues as you (e.g. criminal justice, LGBTQ, immigration, education and employment opportunity, health and wellness, racial equity, or environment) by participating in a one-hour Justice meetup about that issue from 1pm-2pm on Sunday, Feb. 3.
  • Justice for All? Race, Wrongful Conviction and the Innocence Project, lecture at VCU's W.E. Singleton Center from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, Feb. 5
  • Attend the discussion of Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East on Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30pm, at First UU Richmond, facilitated by The Richmond Peace Education Center. RSVP by Feb. 4 by calling 232-1002 or emailing RPEC. 
  • In Plain Sight: Visual and Written Evidence of Virginia's Enslaved Peoples, Friday, Feb. 15, 1 to 2pm in the VMFA's Claiborne Robertson Room -a collaborative program of the Virginia Historical Society and the VMFA.
  • Speak Up! workshop - learn how respond to everyday bigotry through role plays that address many types of oppression - modeled on a booklet from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Available to any small group or committee at First UU. To schedule a workshop, email Jim Armstrong.


Caring for the Community

Giving of Your Time, Talents, or Treasure to the Wider Community

  • Bring food for the Food Drive for the Central VA Food Bank - Feb. 3 through Feb. 10, both services.  Our goal is to donate 1000 pounds of food!
  • Be part of the Micah Initiative’s multi-faceted work at Greene Elementary (e.g. lunch buddy, tutor, etc.). For more information, email Charlotte Lesure.
  • Tutor a child at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Fulton Hill.  Talk to board member Rick Carr about his experience there.


Taking ACTion to End Oppression 

Personal Actions

  • Learn how to Eat Your Way to Justice at the Joyful Justice Gathering on Friday, Jan. 25, 6pm, at First UU. Look for these CREU-sponsored gatherings every other month with a different topic each time. This month’s facilitator: Kate Ruby with Growing Greene. To get a sense of this topic, view the TED talk by Pam Warhurst called “How We Can Eat Our Landscapes” available for free online. Intrigued? Join us! Email Jim Armstrong so we have an accurate count for food.
  • Imagine First UU five or ten years from now. What do we stand for? What do our neighbors know us for? Share your hopes and dreams for First UU at a discussion of the Vision for First UU, Feb. 17, 1pm.

Lobbying - Wear your ssl t-shirt or sweatshirt!

  • Participate in Equality Virginia’s Lobby Day (Jan 29th) to lobby the VA State Legislature for LGBTQ rights.  Meet at First UU at 11:15am to carpool. Email First UU's LGBTQ-Straight Alliance.

Public Witness - Wear your ssl t-shirt or sweatshirt!

  • Participate in the Rally for Choice at the Capital Square Bell Tower at 10:00am on Jan. 22 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. RSVP on the event web site.
  • Join Rev. Jeanne Pupke and Regina Largent at the John Marshall Courthouse in a public witness event for marriage equality on Valentine’s Day.  Meet at First UU at 11:15am to carpool to the courthouse. Email our LGBTQ-Straight Alliance to let them know you’re participating.
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