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Dear ,

In addition to the arrival of a new year, a new season is upon us. It is one that is unfathomably fraught with new realities that give me great pause. The road to equity and justice is so hard. Acting and being in solidarity with "the people, my people" is giving me a sense of purpose as well as a measure of strength and faith.

Whether you belong to a Welcoming Congregation, a Mosaic congregation, or one in process of transformation, we're in this together. We can choose to act. We will act for justice. We must enact change. I hold on to glimmers of hope that we will bring equity to the horizon. Buoyed by our faith, I know that together, we will bring equity to our horizon.

In that spirit, I draw three important news items to your attention:

Sanctuary
Earlier this month, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales reflected on the need for sanctuary in these very fraught times. We invite all of you to read his piece and consider how your congregation may welcome all and offer sanctuary in whatever form. Staff with Multicultural Growth and Witness would be honored to work with you; email multicultural@uua.org for assistance.

Declaration of Conscience
In a joint letter, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President and CEO Hon. Thomas Andrews invite you to sign the Declaration of Conscience, committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. You may read the entire declaration and sign on hereWe encourage you to read this aloud during Sunday services, and considering also signing on as a congregation.

LGBTQ and Intercultural Programs Manager Hired
Michael J. Crumpler joined the UUA staff on Monday, January 9, 2017. He is serving as LGBTQ and Intercultural Programs Manager in the Multicultural Ministries team of the Multicultural Growth and Witness staff group.

Michael brings dynamic life experiences, deep spiritual conviction, and strong organizational leadership skills essential to fulfilling this vital role. He is fiercely committed to righting wrong for black lives, international refugees, systemic misogyny, climate justice, and LGBTQ rights. With care, he engages the enduring movement of subverting injustice with the gospel of love in action. You can connect with him at mcrumpler@uua.org and (617) 948-6417.

In Addition
Please read on to learn about Finding Our Way Home 2017, our annual retreat for UU religious professionals of color, and how to get the discounted registration for Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism, a conference sponsored by The Middle Project and the UUA. 

Masakhane,
Janice



Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director
UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness


"Masakhane" is a rich and resonant word from the Nguni family of languages of South Africa, of which Zulu and Xhosa are two. Loosely translated into English it means, "Let us build together."
  

If you or a colleague hold one of the many identities that are in the crosshairs of hate and bigotry, the notion and reality of community might feel more important than ever before. We have two invitations to share with you.
Finding Our Way Home: Retreat for UU Religious Professional of Color will be held March 15 – 18, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. 

This annual event is for ministers, ministerial candidates, directors of religious education, directors of music, and administrators who identify as being “of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, Multiracial, and Multiethnic Unitarian Universalists.”  
We gather to give each other the gifts of interconnectedness, community building, spiritual sustenance, and mutual support. We also give each other gifts of personal and professional development. 

Our retreat theme is “Sanctuary and Solidarity.” We are very much in need of both in these trying and tender times. We are working hard to create and share a rich, interactive experience of spirituality and justice. Although we will have a well-mapped out agenda, we will not conduct official business during our time together.

If you have not received our invitation from Lesley Murdock yet, please send her an email at lmurdock@uua.org to receive our information packet and registration link.



Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism, a conference sponsored by The Middle Project and the UUA,  April 28 – April 30, 2017. 

The year comes to an end, and the news is firm: Donald J. Trump will be the next president of these United States of America. No matter the lever we pulled in the voting booth, we know this: A radical shift in our national narrative lies ahead. The questions before us are these: What is the story we believe in? How do we create the world about which we dream? 

Now is the time for leaders—ethical leaders—to lead. Leaders who feel called and equipped to make America well, to make America just, to make America safe for all of those who are on the margins. Leaders impassioned to work for a healed and whole nation that is a faithful global neighbor. Join us as we strategize across generations.


Learn more, and register
When purchasing general admission tickets, enter “UU17” in the promo code to receive the special UU Rate of $275 (Savings of $124; regularly $399). This code is good through Monday, January 16 at 11:59 pm.   

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