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Topic “Social Justice”
The Social Action Committee and Green Sanctuary of the Beverly Unitarian Church strongly condemn the racist acts of vandalism recently found on several buildings in the neighborhood, including on the property of a fellow spiritual association. Beverly is a welcoming community and will not tolerate overt expressions of hate or racism.
“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now rise up,” says the Lord; “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
What would our world look like if each one of us actually had the courage to say the murder rate in Chicago makes life less for all of us - less rich, less full, less possible. We know that change will not happen unless we all change. As an act of public witness we are speaking out against the violence in our city. Do we have the courage to say no more murder?
That’s the question a coalition of faith and community leaders are asking. Can we create one day, in the city of Chicago, with every voice calling for no more murder? We believe that it can be done – and that it begins with one day, one clear dream, one achievable vision. It begins when people of every race, creed, and class agree together that the current levels of murder are not acceptable.
We stand together because we know that it doesn’t matter where someone is murdered. It does not matter if I knew them, or knew a friend of theirs, or even knew their name. When someone is killed there is something wrong with MY community – and I have the moral obligation to say no more.
It begins with one voice saying, "No;" it begins with you.
Check out thoushaltnotmurder.com for more details.
October 11 ~ 12 Noon
Rev. Karen invites us to view the second of 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.
Childcare for our youngest is available during services.
All children are welcome!
Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.