I've had a wonderful month! In the middle of August I went to Chicago for a week's training to be a Community Organizer and I'm proud to say I'm now certified as one! Following that I spent two days in Sacramento with the UU Legislative Ministry, CA, board of which I am a member. Both those things have fired my enthusiasm for justice work and I’m so glad to be part of a church community that shares my enthusiasm.
It was my honor to stand with several UUCA members to protest the beating [which resulted in the death] of Kelley Thomas. And I loved being part of our booth at Pride Day just before I left for Chicago. I’ve also been meeting with OCCCO, a community organization that I’ve long wanted to be part of. Community organizing leads to involvement in the issues of our society. It’s very much a part of our UU principles that we stand up for our beliefs, advocate on behalf of those who are in need, offer aid and consolation to those who are struggling or suffering, and speak out whenever we see injustice. I’m especially excited about the new initiative to deliver meals and foodstuffs to those living with HIV or AIDS who cannot provide for themselves. There is so much work to be done in our wounded world and it is an honor for us to be able to help.
I promise I will march with you whenever the need arises, roll up my sleeves and lend a hand, and call you to action with joy and fervor as we go forward together!