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Sermon: Labor Day 2015: Why It Still Matters Member Guest in the Pulpit: Mike Wolf
How do we measure a person's worth? Too often it seems "net worth" is the measure used. Income inequality is one of the moral issues of our day. The struggle of low-wage workers for decent wages is vital. How much is the fast food worker "worth"?
Musicians: Greg Lawler and Maria Moser
September 20 ~ 12 Noon
Rev. Karen invites us to view a three part educational documentary that investigated race in society, science and history. Over three successive months, on Sunday afternoons, we will watch a segment and then engage in conversations. We hope to use this resource so that we at Beverly Unitarian have a common understanding of our shared history and a common language to use as we engage in the work of continuing to dismantle the systemic racism that exists in our country.
About the film: The division of people into distinct categories—“white,” “black,” “yellow,” “red” peoples—has become so widely accepted and so deeply rooted in our psyches, that most people would not think to question its veracity. This three-hour documentary tackles the theory of race by subverting the idea of race as biology, tracing the idea back to its origin in the 19th century.
Sept. 20 Chapter One - The Difference Between Us
examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.
Chapter Two - The Story We Tell
uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."
Chapter Three - The House We Live In
asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.
Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003) was produced by California Newsreel and originally screened on PBS. It was primarily funded by CPD, the Ford Foundation and PBS.
Partnered with the Community Renewal Society (CRS) and many southside churches, we will assemble in the BUC church parking lot to carpool to Hartzell Memorial UMC at 3330 S. Martin Luther King Dr. for a Southside Faith in Action Assembly. The Assembly is from 1:30 t0 3:00 if you want to drive on your own.
At the Assembly, we will ask our Alderman and Cook County Commissioners to support our platform on Police Accountability and to invest in Restorative Justice programs to make our community safer.
Join in to work for Social Justice, together we will make a difference!
The following is taken directly from CRS's website. It tells what they do. You can see why the Beverly Unitarian Church is proud to be in partnership with this organization.
"Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. Founded in 1882, Community Renewal informs, organizes and trains both communities and individuals to advocate for social and economic justice.
We believe every resident in our region has the right to:
- Affordable housing
- A high-quality education
- Jobs that pay a living wage
- A fair criminal justice system
- Safe, vibrant neighborhoods
- Redeem themselves in the public eye once they've paid their debt to society
To achieve our goal of a region that is free of race and class barriers, we:
- Work purposefully on multiple issues, principally housing, jobs, education and criminal justice, because they are often intertwined
- Work with a wide cross section of communities and leaders, engaging them in these critical issues
- Examine and suggest improvements in current public practices
- Expose the direct relationship between reducing social inequities and the long-term economic health of our region
- Hold government accountable for its role in breaking down race and class barriers and making the region work for all of its residents."
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - the Rev. Dr. M. L. King
When a sanctuary of peace, a place we are taught to love, is visited by hatred and violence, people of faith must respond. Please join us for a vigil of remembrance for those ruthlessly killed in an AME church in South Carolina.
Like the spiritual entreat to stay awake found in many traditions we must be vigilant in our watching, in our working, in our support. I imagine the light of hope that might be kindled at the sight of candles lit in remembrance. I imagine the connections we will make between our congregations and we hope as many congregations as possible will come out to the street with lit candles to show public support for the families and community affected by this tragedy and to make our voices heard against such senseless violence.
As communities of faith, we are called to wake up to the injustice and violence in front of us. We must be vigilant in our watching, in our working, in our speaking out loud and in displaying our support. We can be a light of hope, kindled by candles lit in solemn remembrance.
It will mark a public connection between each of our congregations as we look up and down the streets of Beverly and Morgan Park to see others standing in front of their own houses of worship.
Will you join us? Will you be a force for love?
Even if you are not able to organize a community-wide response, please know that everyone will be welcome to join our service.
**** Please note: if you feel you can spread the word more widely please do.
Saturday, June 20th
8am ~ 2pm
The Flea Market on the Lawn brings many visitors to our front yard. Take part in this lively and fun event by volunteering, bargain hunting, bringing items for the Women of the Castle to sell at their own tables or by selling items yourself at your own tables. Reserve space for $20 by calling Odella Hampton at 312-623-6045.
Childcare for our youngest is available during services. UU Summer Camp offers a different summertime activity each week.
All children are welcome!