Social Responsibility

Mass Incarceration: In Search of Justice

The Adult Education Committee and community members have been studying Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess. In addition, three smaller groups are working to decrease the impact of mass incarceration locally and are eager to share their plans. Our guest speakers are Tyshun Taylor and Gary Horton. … Continued

January 29: East Side Awakening

East Side Awakening Lora Caldwell Worship Associate: Tom Schlaudecker Lora Caldwell, UUCE member and staff member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, will share her insights and experiences with their project on the east side of Erie. She will show how our UU principles are perfectly matched to the needs of the residents … Continued

January 22: Embracing the Exile

Rev. Beth Marshall Worship Associate: Annette Krusewicz Many believe that we are living in a time where marginalized individuals are at greater risk than ever before. This morning’s service is in part inspired by the haunting questions asked by Ysaye M. Barnwell in her song, “Would You Harbor Me?”. Her questions are particularly appropriate as … Continued

January 15: Dreams Undaunted

Rev. Beth Marshall Worship Associate: Al Richardson On a weekend dedicated to so many dreams not yet fully achieved, our worship service will reflect on what some of those older dreams looked like, the great strides we have made, and what might yet be done to bring them closer to fruition. Musician: Jackson Froman. In … Continued

January 1: Caring and Sharing

Janet Krack, Ginny Sabol and Annette Krusewicz Worship Associate: Janet Krack         The theologian Howard Thurman reminds us that the real work of Christmas begins “When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock,…”   To embody this … Continued

Voices of Wisdom

Rev. Beth Marshall will discuss the idea that part of being socially responsible in a diverse community is developing an awareness of the common ground we share with members of different faith communities. This morning’s service draws upon parallel sacred texts from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Taoist traditions, looking first at very similar texts … Continued

A Road Well Travelled

We will take a look at the importance of maintaining a trauma-informed route as we assist others traveling down life’s highway towards social and economic justice. Coordinated by Tammie Johnson. Rev. Beth will not be in the pulpit this morning, but will be spending the morning getting to know the children and youth. Religious Education: … Continued

Vietnam Revisited

Our speakers will be Sanford Kelson and Mike Hastie, two Vietnam veterans who recently revisited Nam and witnessed the ongoing devastation caused by Agent Orange poisoning. Since their return, they have raised money for water well drilling and are presently trying to raise money for the restoration of a mural at Mai Lai. The service … Continued

Joint Worship Service on Immigration and Refugees

A special joint service to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Girard on Immigration and Refugees. Please note that the service is at the Girard church and begins at 11:00. Guest speaker: Carol Brigham, Education Manager, Multicultural Community Resource Center, Erie. A special potluck will follow the service. Please bring a dish to … Continued

Socially Responsible Investing

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is ensuring that our investments are aligned with our values. None of us wants to make our financial returns at the expense of seriously harming ourselves, other humans, or the environment. Whether we have investment capital or not, we all need to consider how we spend our money affects the common … Continued