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A Word from Pastor AJ

A Word from Pastor AJ

Hello Racial Justice Advocates, and welcome to June!

As we enter June and the close of the congregational year we happy to invite you on June 3rd at 7:00 pm PT to our 2024 UUA Common Read Discussion with the Rev Dr Betty Stapleford who serves on our Vision & Values Team and Board of Trustees. Rev Betty writes: “There has been a lot of discussion about the need for reparations to the descendants of slaves in the United States, arousing inflammatory rhetoric by some people in our country.”  Rev Betty will be hosting an interactive discussion of On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. This book helps us grasp the complexities of the issue and find our own ways of understanding them through a Unitarian Universalist lens. If you have not read the book or don’t have time to get it between now and June 3rd. You are still welcome to attend and join the discussion on a macro level with the topics. You can REGISTER ONLINE. We hope you will join us.

SAVE THE DATES!!!!

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the first of our Justice Socials on July 14th including Ice Cream. These social events will be opportunities to meet and build relationships with members of our UUJMCA Teams as well as local be a starting point to collaborate with justice organizers in your area. !f you would like to host a social at community/congregation, please let us know by clicking here.

Turning the Tides Justice Summit is back! We are happy to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Justice Summit from August 8th to 11th. Our Summit will feature workshops, worship, and justice opportunities from many of our UU justice partners. If you would like to host a local gathering in our community/congregation or would like to host a workshop/worship please let us know by clicking here.

As a final Note: We are currently working on updating our website and would like your input! If you have an event or activity happening in your local area, please let us know by clicking here. We look forward to creating a more just California with you!

In Service, 

AJ
Pastor AJ Blackwood
Executive Director
UU Justice Ministry of California