General Assembly was wonderful. Every year I go knowing I will come back renewed in spirit, re-energized, and full of ideas for new ways to minister! This time was no exception. I participated in several big services, met with people I know but don’t see often because we are geographically challenged, and focused on justice issues.
I’m including a link for you to check out that shows the vigil that was held at the Tent City Jail — a truly awful place. It is the NBC newscast that was broadcast in Phoenix last Saturday at 11pm. In it you’ll see a familiar face from our congregation! So check it out: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2012/06/23/20120623phoenix-tent-city-sb1070-protest.html We have heard the news about the Supreme Court’s decision on the oppressive law, SB1070, which was mixed. Still there is something to be grateful for and if it inspires us to work harder, it will be a good thing! As I’m writing this, the decision about healthcare has not been released, but I’m assuming it, too, will call us to more work — whether it is because we have to begin the fight for just healthcare opportunities all over again, or because we have a victory which inspires us to continue to quest for justice wherever it is absent in our society.
I’m delighted that the new study action issue chosen for us is the fight for reproductive justice. It was spurred on by the new congregation served by your former minister, The Reverend Kathleen Green, and was lauded in a national publication of Planned Parenthood! You can check out the source article for this at: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/06/26/national-religious-group-votes-to-make-reproductive-justice-action-issue. We’ll start talking about this at UUCA soon, since I know there will be much we can do. I’m a member of Clergy for Choice, a program of Planned Parenthood and they are regularly looking for advocates!
So there is work for us to do! And time for us to gather and share our joys in celebration, as well as our concerns and sorrows. I look forward to sharing both celebration and work with you.