Disaster Response and Resources
Global climate change is causing an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and Nor’easters. Additionally, as American infrastructure ages without replacement, we are likely to see preventable disasters (such as the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI) that negatively impact people’s livelihood and quality of life.
The most vulnerable populations recover last in a disaster. Disaster relief grants to UU congregations and organizations not only help Unitarian Universalists, they can also support on-the-ground relief efforts through partnerships that meet the needs of under-served communities.
The UUA is ready to aid congregations and help communities recover in the aftermath of disasters, but your support is needed to ensure this important ministry is robust and ready. Please consider making a contribution today.
Talking with Children about Hate, Violence, and Trauma
You want to help your children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside our communities. For UUs, action is a valid response; it is important to ground that action in compassion and make it part of your own healing. Please use these resources to help yourself, your family, and others.
The Humane Society has a Disaster Relief Fund to help animals impacted by the hurricanes. Please consider donating on line to help these suffering creatures.
The mission of the The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to inspire and sustain effective and spiritually grounded activism for justice. We offer immersion learning journeys, justice training programs, summer internships, and direct volunteer opportunities with partner organizations in the U.S. and abroad. All programs are designed to help people cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to make a difference in the world.
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath–
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
-Lynn Ungar 3/11/2020
With love and care,
The UUCSJ team
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