Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Celebration of John Whitton’s Life

Elinor Elfner would like all to know that a Celebration of Life for John Whitton will be held at the Elks Lodge on 276 N. Magnolia Road on Saturday, December 11th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.

Elinor was John’s sweetheart and partner for more than 30 years. The event will consist of attendee’s sharing special remembrances of John.  The family kindly requests each attendee be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the immunocompromised and young children in attendance.  Masks are also encouraged.

To view John’s obituary, click here.

 


An Honest Education is Democracy in Action

By Ed Oaksford

The first step to dismantling systemic racism is to guarantee that every American child is taught the authentic history of this country and not some white-centered version that selectively eliminates facts to avoid having the honest discussion that is sorely needed to bring about equity to American society.

Engaging students in a factual discourse of history allows students to see the world as it has evolved. It’s important that students comprehend how current conditions are linked to historical practices that have existed for over a century. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) deserve to see how the white majority has impeded their success and fulfillment.

Similarly, the white majority must face its role in this oppression and take responsibility. Recent attempts to censor what schools can teach about race and racism threaten to rob students of an accurate representation of history. We must reject laws that strip education as a tool of liberation for BIPOC students vulnerable to racial injustice. These students have been suffering a spectrum of oppressions ranging from discriminatory practices to not feeling seen or heard in limited, white-centered curriculums.

Students need to know about all the narratives that created America if we ever hope to realize the ideals we espouse as a nation. Advocating for a complete and truthful education for all students is one more thing UU’s can do to dismantle systemic racism.

 


Why Donate to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee?

By Trudy Deyle

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights and social justice around the world, manifesting our UU principles and values through its work. It partners with those who confront unjust power structures and who mobilize to challenge oppressive policies. UUSC creates eye-to-eye relationships with frontline grassroots movements that support marginalized communities in determining their steps for the future.

UUSC’s work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity. It supports self-determination and defends the rights of people displaced due to climate, conflict, or economic hardships. It also responds to humanitarian crises as a partner with people whose access to aid is most limited.

Since its beginning in 1940 helping refugees in Europe escape Nazi persecution, UUSC has made tangible progress to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift the inherit dignity of people around the world. A few examples of programs and partner organizations over the years include: the Texas Migrant Workers Project, the Navajo Community Center, a community health program in Togo, assisting Ugandans displaced by war, anti-genocide work in Darfur, earthquake relief in Haiti, and a human rights for mine workers project in Guatemala.

UUSC exists through the support of individuals, congregations, and other like-minded organizations.

This Sunday’s Share the Plate is the UUSC.