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August 2014: New Church Year: Building a UU Fusion Coalition
“Upward mobility—the American Dream—has become a myth. Concentration of wealth and power has skyrocketed. Dr. King’s dream of justice and equality has fractured. Half of all Americans are impoverished or struggling, as the middle class shrinks and billionaires take the profits. … Challenging extreme inequality has now become a moral imperative.”
The new Congregational Study Action Issue on Escalating Inequality chosen at General Assembly (quoted above) provides a broad frame for the many injustices that UUs and others continue to address. The emergence of fusion coalitions in faith-based and progressive organizing (such as the Moral Mondays Forward Together movement) is an inspiring development. Fusion coalitions bring together different groups working on many different justice issues, acknowledging that all our causes are connected and that addressing economic inequality and defending democracy are key for success.
What would a UU fusion coalition look like? How are partnership, intersectional approaches, and a focus on escalating inequality infused into your congregation’s justice ministry? By framing our justice ministries in this context we can build a UU coalition in partnership with other faith and justice groups. Here are seven resources and suggestions related to our interconnected UU justice ministries for your new church year:
Lastly, we know that many hearts are heavy about the violence in Gaza and Israel. The UUs for Justice in the Middle East have launched a Learning and Reflection Project and Churches for Middle East Peace has some excellent resources.
Alex, Annette, Audra, Janice, Jennifer, Jessica, Lesley, Nora, Susan, and Taquiena
Multicultural Growth & Witness
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