Memo from MAM Apr. 16, 2024

Shout Out to CLOUT!
Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm
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 CLOUT is Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together. 
First Unitarian Church is one of 33 congregations in Louisville working together on specific justice issues.

After Sunday’s worship service, I hope many of you will join me to attend the CLOUT: Nehemiah Action this evening, April 16, at 6:30pm. This social justice event will take place at Memorial Auditorium (970 S. Fourth Street, Louisville) so we can meet with officials who have decision-making authority relating to our issues.

Please note that a First Unitarian Church contingent will park at First Unitarian and, for those able, begin walking to Memorial Auditorium at 5:45pm. We have reserved seating.  Contact Trish Ramey if you need help getting to the Action.

Earth Notes for Earth Month
For those of you who have had the pleasure of reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous
Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
 by author Robin Wall Kimmerer,
you might consider giving it another reading this summer. That’s what I am going to do; it is
calling to me for second reading. 
If you haven’t read it yet, well, I’d certainly suggest it.

The following quote is from Kimmerer who is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation:

Modern capitalist societies, however richly endowed, dedicate themselves to the
proposition of scarcity. Inadequacy of economic means is the first principle of the
world’s wealthiest peoples.” The shortage is due not to how much material wealth there actually is, but to the way in which it is exchanged or circulated. The market system artificially creates scarcity by blocking the flow between the source and the consumer. Grain may rot in the warehouse while hungry people starve because they cannot pay for it. The result is famine for some and diseases of excess for others. The very earth that sustains us is being destroyed to fuel injustice. An economy that grants personhood to corporations but denies it to the more-than-human beings: this is a Windigo economy.

She explains the lore of the Windigo Monster, “The Windigo is a human being who has become a cannibal monster. Its bite will transform victims into cannibals too….It is said that the Windigo will never enter the spirit world but will suffer the eternal pain of need, its essence a hunger that will never be sated. The more a Windigo eats, the more ravenous it becomes. Consumed by consumption, it lays waste to humankind.”

May we celebrate abundance, not scarcity. May we honor the Earth, not Windigo.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repeat.

Peace, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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