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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EARTH 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 has compiled actions we can each take in the lead up to Earth Day, April 22nd.

Each week, we’ll be making recommendations in the areas of knowledge, personal actions & spiritual reflections, and advocacy.

We invite you to join our Eco Challenge and take action with us each week!  

Let us know what you do: email Rhonda (rhondaplankrichard@gmail.com) and Anna (annalourawagner@gmail.com)

Week 4 

  • Learning – Watch these brief videos about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Putting It All Together” and “Making It Happen”
  • Spiritual reflection – Pray. Reflect on your experience this last month. How might you more fully devote your life towards caring for our earth? Take one action, and then keep going! Join Emerson’s EJM group, which meets the 2nd Sunday of each month!
  • Personal sustainability – Fast from silence. Talk to at least 1 person about your ecospiritual journey these 4 weeks – here are tips for talking about the climate crisis in an effective way. Reflect on ways you can take action
  • Advocacy – You choose! Find an organization that fights for something YOU care about (suggestionshere). Join their efforts by taking online action, volunteering or donating.

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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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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.

Learn more at our 8th Principle Discussion on May 2nd at noon and our video and discussion on May 11th, with video starting at 6:30 pm and Discussion at 7:30 pm. You may also learn more at https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/
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Celebrating Environmental Justice Wins!
Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry
is celebrating big local wins! We have been thinking globally and acting locally to take money out of fossil fuels. Earlier this year, we were part of a coalition organizing to make the LA City Council reduce its investments in fossil fuel companies and to craft a plan to divest city pensions from businesses that contribute to climate change. Our members contributed oral and written comments on the measure which passed the full L.A. city council unanimously.

Next up was a motion for the City of LA to stop using insurance companies who are still insuring coal, oil and gas expansion. Several people from our Environmental Justice Ministry, in partnership with 350.orgClimate Reality and Insure Our Future, first brought this measure to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (3rd District) in January, and he introduced it to LA City Council because of our advocacy work. The motion requires the City to evaluate prospective insurance companies based on their underwriting and investment in fossil fuels. Our members again advocated for the measure with oral and written comments. On March 3rd, LA City Council unanimously passed it.

Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1 PM on Zoom (For more information, see the Environmental Justice Ministry page HERE, or under our Community menu.)

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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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