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Midweek UUpdate, August 5, 2020

FYI

Justice Rally/March August 29
In the First U Lou Broadside this week Del Ramey shared an invitation from the Presbyterian Church USA to participate in the Justice Rally/March.

He writes, “The last time I marched from the Presbyterian Headquarters, it was a LARGE turnout for the Bail Bond Project. I would LOVE to see other First U folks in this march. If you can make it, wave at the old guy with the camera!” For more information, click here.
Del Ramey
First U Lou Social Justice
ReminderBlack Lives Matter
We continue to support the protesters at Breonna (Jefferson) Square with ice and a medic van among many other worthwhile activities.  See below for recent and ongoing things to know and do.

Mask Makers Needed
Masks are needed even more urgently by vulnerable people as the pandemic grinds on.  Please consider joining First U’s mask-making effort coordinated by Rita for Women’s Alliance. She can provide sewing instructions, supply some fabric and elastic, and pick up and drop off supplies or masks. Donations of cotton/cotton blend sheets, especially dark colors, for mask making are greatly appreciated. Grateful mask recipients include CLCM for their volunteers and clients, Clinic Escorts for their volunteers and patients of EMW Clinic, and Phoenix Health Center’s Common Assessment Team for people experiencing homelessness.  Contact Rita

Join Us on Wednesdays
at 7:00 pm (or whenever you can)

for 10 minutes

Wednesday Walk for Good
Support our beloved community by donating $10 for your 10 minute walk. As you walk separately (social distancing!), we’re 
together in spirit. Click here for details.

Working Toward Racial Justice

Frozen Water Project for Black Lives Matter
First U continues to support the protesters at Breonna Square through supplying ice daily to the KY Alliance table, and also to the street medics. About 30 First U members & friends are donating money, buying and delivering ice to church, and delivering ice to the square. We are living our principles outside our walls! Contact Kathy G.

Medic team support
First Unitarian is supporting the medic team working to save lives at the BLM protests in Louisville. Initially we donated the use of one of our classrooms to store medical supplies after tents and supplies at Injustice Park were destroyed, and Mayor Fischer ordered the park cleared every night at 11pm.
In addition, through the generosity of the board and individual families at the church, support for a utility van has been approved and partially funded until at least the end of August. The van is being used as a legally parked “tent” at the square, with medical supplies and a cot inside. It suffers from the heat, but protects supplies and volunteers from sudden rainstorms, and really facilitates keeping supplies stocked and handy at the park and on marches. Medics have set up chairs and distribution areas in the shade nearby, with water, electrolytes, snacks, sunscreen, cold wet cloths, hand sanitizer and masks to freely give away. If you want to contribute to those supplies, see the Louisville Street Medics Facebook page for the most recent needs.

Medic Van Ministry Needs Our Help!
The van, which travels between the park and the storage room at the church, costs about $233 per week to rent. Your contribution, regardless of amount, is a concrete way to support this historical protest for racial justice.   Donation checks can be sent to First U with ‘Medic’ on the memo line.  Please email Rev. Lori with questions or to inform us of your donation. Thank you for all you’ve given, and for your contributions to the health of the people persisting in the struggle for justice and equity.
Jail Support
People are being released from jail unpredictably, usually with a dead cell phone. Some will need help contacting family or friends to get rides, others will need a ride home. Once they come out of the exit lobby doors, you can identify yourself, let them know you are with a group working under BLM leadership, and ask how you can best help them get what they need.
 
Please share the arrest support hotline (502-354-8454) with everyone you talk to, so they can help track and get legal help to all of those involved with the protests.
 
Other things to do/take: 
1. First Aid Kit
2. Lyft number / app 
3. Phone Cards
4. Masks + hand sanitizer 
5. Phone chargers for all phone types 
6. Bottled water + snacks 

The exit lobby doors are on Liberty, between 6th and 7th. There is metered parking available right outside these doors, unless it is blocked off as a staging area. Park as close as you can in that circumstance. Tape signs that say “Jail Support” on your car windows or carry them to the exit doors.

For those who are not protesters and have higher level needs, call 211 to get information for them on available resources. View the spreadsheet here


LSURJ Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice
For more information:
facebook page
web

Statewide: KUUJAN Kentucky UU Justice Action Network
Learn More About KUUJAN

Supports the expansion of Kentucky’s Unitarian Universalist congregations’ justice efforts, and to coordinate the efforts amongst and between UUs in order to maximize our collective reach, impact and effectiveness. See overview below.
 
Two Additional KUUJAN Opportunities
KUUJAN/Thomas Jefferson Justice Center (TJJC) are offering two opportunities to begin working together between congregations:
Antiracism book discussion series 
Rev. Dawn (TJJC Coordinator) is leading this series. Information and registration can be found here.

UU the Vote: Phone banking with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) 
In a few weeks as a part of a national “UU the Vote – Kentucky” project. Participants will get trained on how to do it and will be able to pick times to gather and be worshipful together, and even keep hanging out on zoom with each other while doing the calls, and then debrief and celebrate the action afterward. More information to come

Building Use Policy Due to COVID 19 Pandemic
First Unitarian Church

  • Group meetings will not be allowed in the church building or in the courtyard. Therefore, the office administrator is to deny any requests from church groups or outside groups to use the building.
     
  • The office administrator will keep a record of building use requests and report request information to the Building Use Committee and Board of Trustees at the end of each month.
     
  •  Exceptions to the above group building use restrictions include the following: Sunday service team (e.g., tech personnel, Board greeter, worship associate, minister, musician), Central Louisville Community Ministries (CLCM), Fresh Stop Market, Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (KRCRC), and medics for protest rallies (storage use only — no meetings of medic personnel allowed).
     
  • Individuals or groups under ten (10) may enter the church for specific work that they do in and around the building as Board of Trustees or Ministry Council directed tasks (e.g., church staff, building and grounds team, yard clean up team, office volunteer, treasurer).
     
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory for anyone coming on to the premises (on the porch and in the courtyard or entering the building).
     
  • These guidelines will remain in effect until the situation with the COVID pandemic improves and the Board of Trustees decides to make changes in this policy.
CLCM Now Open to Clients
Central Louisville Community Ministry will be working with clients on housing, utility needs, etc. Monday through Thursday 9:30 – 11:30.  The food and clothing pantry at Calvary will also be open the same hours .

Fresh Stop Market
Contact New Roots at 502-509-6770, go to Fresh Stop, or contact Barbra Justice. Pick up every other Wednesday starting July 8. Sign up at least one week in advance for your reserved bag of good things from local farms.

Interested in Serving on our Committee on Homelessness?  
For more information, click here or contact Cassandra.

Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Justice
The people in these groups need your help and support. Click here for more information or see Kathy Kremer.

Religious Exploration
Learn about RE opportunities throughout the week for all ages on our RE pages in the Website.

Rev. Lori’s Summer Schedule
Click here

Join Us Sunday, August 9 at 11:00am online

Water Communion
Speaker:
Rev. Lori Kyle

This Sunday, our annual in-gathering celebration, is our Water Communion service. At our gathering we will celebrate the cleansing aspects of water, as well as its power. These attributes of water will also be explored in the context of our culture’s needs if sustainable change in the fight for racial justice is to occur.

Joys and Sorrows
One of the important aspects of a church service is sharing our joys, concerns and sorrows with one another. We encourage you to click here if you wish to share.  Emails received by 10:00am Sunday will be included in Sunday’s service.

Upcoming Services click here
Join Us Online or by Phone via ZOOM

Online Go to the Home page on the website. Click “Live Stream our Service”. You will need a password. To get the password, send an email to the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] and tell us a little about yourself and why you are interested in First Unitarian. We are trying to avoid being “Zoom bombed”. I hope you understand why we need to have this safeguard procedure.

Phone (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923  after you call, enter the Meeting ID 4508929882
You can call in to listen even if you don’t have access to the internet. 

Need Help? The Volunteer Desk will begin monitoring at 10:30am.  Sign in online early to make sure you’re all set up.

Opportunities for Sharing: Donations and Pledges
First Unitarian is a resilient and vibrant community! Our important work continues through this public health emergency, even as our habits and routines are changing. You can support our community and its mission in a variety of ways.

Current Church Operations
Sunday services See our statement about opening. Join us via Zoom using your phone or computer. See above..   
Religious Exploration Many opportunities exist for all ages. Click here for the latest update.
First U meetings are to be held via Zoom if they meet. Contact your meeting/committee chair for details.
Calls to the church office will be forwarded to and received in email by Barbara, our office manager.  If you leave an email address she can respond to you more quickly. 
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Governor’s office regarding the future resumption of church services and activities.  

For More Information
Contact the Minister
Contact the Care Team
Contact the RE Coordinator
Contact the Church Office
See the First U webpage.
Photos of First U by Del Ramey

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