Friday, September 17, 2010

Tell your senators...

Want to see an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? Want to see the DREAM act passed, helping many immigrants to realize their American dream?

Click on THIS LINK to Stand on the Side of Love....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Standing on the side of love with our Muslim sisters and brothers on this day

In the past few months, we have witnessed a surge in anti-Muslim sentiment in this country. We saw the fear and furor around the discussion of an Islamic Community Center and Mosque being built in New York City two blocks from “Ground Zero”. More recently, we learned that a small congregation in Gainesville, Florida, threatened to burn copies of the Qur’an (the Holy Scripture of Islam) on this day, September 11.

I believe that people of faith -- and certainly Unitarian Universalists -- should consider it their calling to speak against bigotry and to speak out for religious tolerance and interfaith understanding. People of faith should consider it their calling to stand on the side of love with our Muslim sisters and brothers who are now being persecuted, scapegoated, and targeted for hatred.

At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover (and along with many other UU congregations), we will do our small part to counter the hateful threatened act of burning copies of the Qur’an by reading a verse from it during our worship service on September 12, showing our respect and regard for the Islamic Scripture and tradition. We will go deeper in strengthening our understandings of Islam on October 10, when the sermon title will be “Surrender to Peace: An Appreciation of Islam”. May we all stand on the side of love with Muslims this September 11, and in the days to come. With our love, let us continue to work toward a more beautiful and peaceful world.

I encourage all people of faith to read and sign the “To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance” petition.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Benefit concert for UU Mass Action

There is SO much to update you on since my last post.... But for now, I want to let you know about an upcoming folk concert to benefit the UU Mass Action:

Come one, come all, to the UU Mass Action Benefit Concert on Friday, September 24 at 8 p.m. in the First Parish in Framingham (UU)! Don’t miss this folk concert featuring five wonderful UU performers, sure to be one of the best folk line-ups you’ve heard in years!

Jim Scott, Fred Small, Dean Arvidson, Justine Sullivan, and Matt Meyer will all perform. Jim Scott was a member of the Paul Winter Consort for many years, and he has a long connection with Unitarian Universalism. His hymn "Gather the Spirit" has become one of the most widely sung in our UU hymnal. Fred Small, known by many for his song “Everything Possible”, has toured internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades. He is currently the senior minister of First Parish Cambridge, UU. Dean Arvidson, Justine Sullivan, and Matt Meyer round out the performers for the evening.

All proceeds from the concert benefit UU Mass Action, a statewide network of ministers and lay members representing Massachusetts Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships. The mission of Mass Action is to mobilize UUs individually and congregationally to take action in support of UU principles for a more just, equitable and compassionate Commonwealth. See www.uumassaction.org to learn or to get involved. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Adult Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 if purchased at the door. Tickets for children are $5. Artist CDs and refreshments will be available at the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance through me (Rev. Lara Hoke - a new member of the UU Mass Action Board) – email Lara to get an advance ticket. OR... you can purchase an advance ticket online by clicking on this link; tickets are purchased by clicking on "donation". A confirmation that this is a ticket purchase will be emailed to you.