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Member in the Pulpit: Eileen Klees
Sermon: "The Moral Demands of Climate Change"
This sermon was written by Rev. Marilyn Seward, 1st Unitarian of Portland, OR, and adapted for this service to include specific action we can take to create the social and political will to address this most pressing problem. "At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God's creation and the one human family." - US Catholic Bishops, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, 2001.
Music: The BUC Choir
We’ve all been shocked and saddened by the number of young black men killed by the police in recent months. Another aspect of racial injustice is the mass incarceration of African-Americans. There will be a workshop on the prison industrial complex, of which mass incarceration is an integral part. The workshop is sponsored by the Social Action Committee. Please mark your calendars! This workshop is an introduction to the prison industrial complex (PIC) from an abolitionist perspective. Abolition means the replacement of the current, unjust system with a system that is just and equitable. We'll examine the PIC's roots, reach, and impact on our lives, as well as our ability to transform it. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of the racial injustice in our society. This is an opportunity to learn and reflect on what we can do to change it.
Green Sanctuary Group
ELECTRONIC/HAZMAT COLLECTION, SATURDAY, October 3rd, 8:30 AM TO 11AM IN THE BUC PARKING LOT. Its time again for the Annual Electronic/Hazardous Waste Collection at Beverly Unitarian Church. As in prior years, the following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, boomboxes, mercury-flourescent lamps and bulbs, televisions, cell and land phones and small micro-waves, as well as eyeglasses, and textbooks. NOTE: We CANNOT accept TV’s which are larger than 36” in height or width, or which are housed in consoles. The following Hazardous items will also be accepted if PROPERLY SEALED: Antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, OIL-BASED paints, paint thinners, aerosol paints, car batteries, reusable batteries, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain clean-ers, pool chemical, and hobby chemicals. We CANNOT accept any latex, acrylic or water based paint, Freon, incandescent bulbs, or products you can clean up with water, Bio Hazardous Material or needles. This collection is a service offered to residents. Modest donations to help offset costs are appreciated. We are grateful to Bever-ly Bank & Trust for their ongoing support of this community service. to volunteer or obtain more information, contact Eileen Klees, firstname.lastname@example.org, (773)968-3396 or Fran Sowa, email@example.com (708)229-0390.
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.
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."
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.