|My inclination to send you love notes has been based on a desire to connect with you during this time of isolation, to hopefully offer you a bit of solace and support and inspiration during these trying times. Today’s note is different, but based just as much in love…just the tougher kind.
My heart is heavy as I continue to watch the decimation of the value embodied in our First Principle. This was seen yet again in a horrific act of inhumanity earlier this week in Minneapolis. My heart is heavy, as it weeps in the innermost chambers, and burns red with anger (in some moments, lots of moments) in the other chambers.
I want my anger and my sadness to fuel my actions, to help produce a response that will make a difference. I invite you to join me.
Tomorrow May 31 we are all invited to meet at the church at 12:30pm to participate in a socially-distanced curbside demonstration (4th & York St.) to lend our voice to the Black Lives Matter movement. Please brings signs and wear garb that reflects our support.
Following the demonstration several members of our congregation will be meeting (socially-distanced in the courtyard) to brainstorm about ways in which we as a justice-seeking congregation can engage in the fight to uphold our First Principle. Please feel free to join us…all are welcome.
We as UUs are called to be not only people of principle but also people of action. The circumstances currently upon us require that we step into our values in concrete ways to join this fight for justice.
Two songs keep running through my mind…Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” These videos depict military war…such were the issues of the time. The messages are still relevant – we too are at war, fighting the internal enemy of racism. Have a look…
Lastly, I will share with you a video by Trevor Noah (thank you, Del…this is also found on his Broadside offering). It’s worth 18 minutes of your time, promise.
Comment by Trevor Noah
I hope you are well, and perhaps I’ll see you tomorrow.
It will do my heart good to see you!
Preview YouTube video Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth – Lyrics
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth – Lyrics
Preview YouTube video Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Official Video 2019)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Official Video 2019)
Preview YouTube video George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show