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What is the 1619 Project?

Fights over how we tell our nation’s story go back more than a century and have a great deal to teach us about our current divisions. Learning more about our nation’s history, through the New York Times links in this article, is a great way for adults to understand the realities of systemic racism and

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8th Principle Article: History of Our Principles

My last Meridian Article introduced the Principles as adopted in the 1960s. The first major revision was in the mid 1980s. It is striking to read the original 6. They reflect their time. The language is male-centered and Judeo-Christian is the only religious tradition. The members of the UU Women’s Federation [UUWF] took issue. There

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Intentions & Impacts

A recent mention of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend reminded me that a neutral policy can have a racist impact. I worked at a non-profit that sold an annual family pass; free entry for a household and any out-of-town guests. After a decade or so, family was re-defined: only household members. After

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The 8th Principle and Black Women

After the Civil War Black women like Ida B. Wells adopted “respectability” centered in clothing, coiffures and careers. They gladly shed the attire and pursuits foisted on their mothers when held in slavery. But, being a lady didn’t truly change their status, as Ida learned when she was forcibly ejected from the “Ladies Car” and

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Why Does the 8th Principle Evoke a Journey?

The 8th Principle begins with the words: We covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness… Why evoke a journey? Doing what the 8th principle commits us to doing, working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community, is something that will take time and many steps to accomplish. As with any journey, there may be bumps in

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Centering BIPOC Voices: An Online Book Group

This group will read books, both fiction and non-fiction, by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) authors. The group will meet online through Zoom. When books are selected they will be announced to the entire congregation, along with the date of the discussion.  All books will be available in print and audio format, and

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Phonebanking with New Florida Majority from UUA

Hi Everyone, UU the Vote is very excited to launch this partnership. New Florida Majority https://newfloridamajority.org/ is working to turnout millions of voters in Florida. They are reaching out to people who are marginalized and get targeted for voter suppression. They are also reaching out more broadly as people are concerned about the pandemic, about

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Voter Suppression: That’s What Racism Looks Like

In half an hour of watching the video Suppressed: the Fight to Vote you can learn what happened in the 2018 election to suppress the vote. It was more than poll closures and voter purges. It was not by accident, it was a carefully planned strategy that was targeted to suppress the votes in African-American communities. It

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Ethical Eating

Ethical Eating Evenings – Friday November 22nd at 6:00 pm. We had a lovely Ethical Eating gathering on the evening of October 25th, when we all shared a bountiful plant-based meal.  After our dinner, Ed Oaksford made a presentation discussing the following four ethical reasons to adopt a plant-based diet. First of all, a whole-food plant-based

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