Stories of Justice
ERUUF was recently recognized as the #1 congregation by Urban Ministries of Durham for the most volunteer hours for 2017. The ERUUF team logged in 1267 hours for our low income and homeless neighbors.
The ERUUF Justice Ministry Council makes this statement out of concerns about local Police Policies, Procedures, and Practices. Our statement is founded upon our Unitarian Universalist Principles to include our commitment to peace, liberty, and justice; the worth and dignity of every person; equity and compassion in human relations; interdependence; and a commitment the democratic process. Our goal is to develop and support a vibrant local community based upon diversity, opportunity, equity, support and protection.
"Say yes now, everything real greets you" sang the members of Jewelsong, a very appropriate welcome to Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder and now former editor of YES! Magazine and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America.
Sarah spoke to a large community gathering in the sanctuary at ERUUF on Monday evening, October 9, sharing stories of her travels that highlight what ordinary people are doing in their communities to create solutions to issues of racial, economic, and environmental justice.
ERUUF was well represented at the recent Durham Can Leaders Retreat held on 2/7/2017 held at Monument of Faith Church. Over 100 people attended the retreat, 6 of them from ERUUF. Amassa Fauntleroy shares this report:
As you may have read in the UU World, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees voted unanimously to designate Black Lives of UU as the recipient of a the Saturday special offering at GA this year and set a goal of $60,000 to be raised. The UUA board is working in partnership with UUA administration to “ensure a successful offering.”
Here are videos of Rev. Cayer and Shawn Trimble at the press conference held on May 3 where they had the chance to tell the media why they engaged in nonviolence protest at the NC General Assembly for the repeal of HB2.
Here are some pictures from Monday, April 25, 2016 in Raleigh, NC
The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Thursday, April 21 printed edition of the Durham Herald Sun. (It was also sent to the N&O but has not yet been published.) ERUUF’s Board carefully weighed the need to speak out on this moral issue against the constraints the congregation has as a non-profit not to lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor: As people of faith we are angry and distressed by North Carolina’s new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB 2). This hastily written, poorly conceived legislation attempts to solve social problems that we do not have. There is no current epidemic of men invading women’s bathrooms or children’s locker rooms.