Emerson UU Board Meeting:
Monday, May 10, 2021, 7 PM
Everyone is invited to attend via Zoom.

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Meeting Agenda
Board Minutes of February 8, 2021

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We’re joining the UU Ministry for Earth’s
Drawdown EcoChallenge!

The Drawdown EcoChallenge is a customizable and solutions-oriented engagement program focused on reducing carbon in the atmosphere. The actions within this EcoChallenge connect to solutions highlighted in Project Drawdown’s work – research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exist. Participants choose actions, complete those actions, and track and share their progress using this robust online platform. When they check off their completed actions, they earn points and see the real-time impact of their actions. The combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun.

For specific challenge activities and ideas for how to participate! Go to the Action Categories page HERE!!!

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SHOULD UU’S ADOPT AN 8TH PRINCIPLE?

Our shared commitment to the seven principles is a central part of what connects us as Unitarian Universalists. Momentum is growing around the country for the inclusion of an 8th Principle. At our Congregational meeting in June, Emerson UU members will vote on whether we agree that the UUA should adopt an 8th Principle.

The core idea, or a “kid’s version” of the 8th Principle may be thought of as “We must work together to make sure each and every individual is cherished.”  The adult version has not been finalized but currently is “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:  journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”   While this version seems very wordy, the concepts underlying the phrases are worth exploring, as are the following questions about the 8th Principle: What would that mean? Why is this important? How could we be transformed?  

Learn more at https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/

Recommended Viewing: “In This Delicate Turning,” the powerful worship service from the 2019 UUA General Assembly (our annual national gathering). In her sermon, the Rev. Marta I. Valentín calls us to get free by planting faithful seeds of change and together turn to free the faith we love.  You can watch the service (or just Rev. Marta’s sermon).

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General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.  The 2021 General Assembly will be 100% online and will be held from June 23-27, 2021.

This year’s theme is “Circle ‘Round for Justice ● Healing ● Courage”. General Assembly is a time to circle ‘round in community. We circle ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage. We share stories of the work happening at our Association. and in our congregations. We study ways to implement and live into our mission. UUA GA 2021 will incorporate recommendations from the Commission on Institution Change report, “Widening the Circle of Concern” and dialogue with the Article II Commission about our Principles and Purposes.

Through programs and workshops, professional and lay leaders will learn and develop skills to equip them with tools to continue the mission of our faith. Featured speakers will delve into theological analysis, work around organizing for liberation, and the ways we tend our spiritual resilience. Honoring the myriad of communities within Unitarian Universalism, there will be more time for networking, meetups and caucusing over the span of our 5-days together.

More info and registration is at www.uua.org/ga.  Would you like to be an official delegate from Emerson UU Church?  Please contact Board of Trustees President Clinton Bench at clinton@emersonuuc.org if you’re interested, as the Board of Trustees will be appointing delegates at its June meeting.


Clinton Bench, President
Emerson UU Church Board of Trustees
clinton@emersonuuc.org

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NEW PROGRAM!  – The Inquirers Series is an introduction to Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church and to Unitarian Universalism in general. Seven topics are covered, one per session, and the sessions are cycled throughout the year.

Participants are invited to join at any time, and all are welcome! The sessions are led by lay leaders in our congregation. Those who are considering Emerson membership are invited to attend these classes before deciding to join.

The Inquirers Series is a great space for newcomers and friends, as well as new and old members to explore our church community and to share their journeys with one another.

Classes are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 12:00-1:00 p.m. after the service, and on the third Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM on Zoom (link: live.emersonuuc.org). Participants can attend the Sunday classes, Thursday night classes or both.  For a list of topics, see the Inquirers Series page under the Community menu HERE.  

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COVID-19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND HERE

FOOD BANK GUIDE CAN BE FOUND HERE

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EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY:  ECO-CHALLENGE 

Our planet is in crisis – and to create a life sustaining future, it’s going to take all of us to do all we can. The good news is that YOUR actions make a difference – and there are solutions at our fingertips. In the spirit of caring for our earth all year, not just on Earth Day, Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry Team compiled actions we can each take in the lead up to Earth Day, April 22nd.  Even though April 22nd has passed, you can still take these actions.  See these action choices in our Environmental Justice Ministry page in our Community menu above, or by following this LINK.   

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“Bending the Arc – The Vote” is a film about the
hard-fought battle to expand voting rights to all people in Alabama in the 1960s.  Sacrifices made, lives lost, obstacles overcome, and the need to continue the fight.  The film is a call to action for all people to exercise their right to vote.
Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5zG9EFcGI
Film link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfb0yevpsAA

To learn more about the Bending the Arc Project and upcoming films in the mini-series, please visit the Bending the Arc website: bendingthearctojustice.com

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