Sunday Offering to support UUA Disaster Relief and Resources

“Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.

Staff from all five UUA regions and the Stewardship and Development department work together to expediently review applications and disburse funds. Congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities receiving grants will have discretion to disburse the grant in the way they choose.

Currently they are giving priority to congregations and other related Unitarian Universalist organizations who are responding to the crisis with systemic, collaborative approaches, such as partnering with local organizations to provide assistance in the congregation’s local community to people who are at significant risk to health and livelihood because of COVID-19.” For more information see: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/disaster-response

Two ways to give to EUUC (including the Sunday Offering):

  1. Click on this link and you will be brought to a donate site: https://euuc.breezechms.com/give/online
  2. Text to give at this number: 425-333-2229. Simply key in that number to your phone, and respond to the prompts to enter the amount you would like to donate. The gift will default to EUUC’s general operations fund unless you add CAUSE if you would like it to go to the Sunday Offering, MDF if you would like it to go to the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund or SJ if you would like it to go to our Social Justice Fund.

Action Items:

EUUC’s Social Justice Council has been adding action items to the This Week at EUUC newsletter every week, in order to help point people towards good activities or causes to engage with.

The running list of action items includes:

Actions for this week: (12/2)

Upcoming opportunities from the Racial Justice Committee:

  • The Racial Justice Committee believes the 8th Principle is in keeping with our Racial Justice Stand, our sense of our multicultural Beloved Community and our goals toward dismantling racism.  We support the adoption of this Principle by our Congregation. We invite you to join us in discussion by Zoom on Sunday, December 6 at 12:30 (after coffee.)  Contact racialjustice.rsvp@euuc.org. More information is available here.
  • The Racial Justice Committee will be hosting several Reading Circles next year.  So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is a good introductory book about anti-racist work.  So You Want to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi is a deeper dive.  Start reading them now or order from the library or put on your holiday list.
  • If you want to participate in the Racial Justice Committee, where we plan activities like these, we meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2 pm.  Contact racialjustice.rsvp@euuc.org if you want to join.
  • What is the impact of the election on communities of color in our area?  A Black in Edmonds panel discussed this recently.  You can watch it here.

Black Lives Matter protests at 100th Ave SW and Hwy 104 are continuing, although due to weather, health, and work, we are cutting back the days we will be there.  Come any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Many thanks.

Previous Actions

Watch the movie Bending The Arc/The Vote

a documentary by John A. Powell. It is a moving account of the struggle for voting rights for black Alabamans in the 1960s, and the important role Unitarians played as allies and martyrs to the movement.

Listen to the podcast: White Lies

by NPR.  It focuses on the death and aftermath of Unitarian minister James Reeb during the 1965 Selma march for Voting Rights.

Check out “103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice”

This list has been updated.

Listen to Music of Hope and Joy

from Living Legacy, featuring Reggie Harris and Melanie DeMore

Read about reparations:

  1. “The Case for Reparations” by TaNehisi Coates. Articles in response also available here.
  2. “Restoration and Reporations” from The UUA Commission on Institutional Change, which has spent the last several years conducting “an audit of white privilege and the structure of power within Unitarian Universalism”
  3. This Asheville Citizen Times article by Joel Burgess describes how Ashville, NC approved reparations and what their model included.
  4. Freakanomics podcasts on reparations: Part 1, Part 2

Learn more of our country’s history

Read these two articles: “African American history you probably weren’t taught in school” and “How history textbooks reflect America’s refusal to reckon with slavery”

Watch films through the Social Justice Film Fest

Check out the catalog of films. Tickets available here.

Come join us for the daily Black Lives Matter protests

(12-1) at 100th Ave SW and Hwy 104. Bring your signs and a mask. If you would like a buddy there, contact our Board Secretary, who has been attending consistently.

Climate Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice – Learn More to See What You Might Do

Current events are making visible the intersections of the justice issues that EUUC committees and members work on. It is overwhelming, but also energizing to be part of this uprising and awakening! Where do your interests lie? From time to time the Social Justice Council will publish links to help you explore these intersections. Let us know what you think! Today, we offer two short articles.

Ask Washington State to Help Undocumented Workers and Their Families

Undocumented immigrants and their families were completely excluded from the $2 trillion relief package Congress passed and are not eligible for unemployment insurance, even though providing economic stability to all workers is essential to ending this public health crisis. Contact your legislators and Governor Inslee for immediate action to provide emergency relief to undocumented families by:

  • Creating a Washington Worker Relief Fund that provides economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians
  • Creating a permanent system that gives undocumented immigrants access to unemployment insurance

The Faith Action Network provides an email to your legislators, which you can copy to email Governor Inslee.

Press Flowers for Homemade Cards

Learn how to make pressed flowers! Put them on cards to send to your friends and relatives who you cannot visit nowadays, or other people you want to support. You might also want to try these easy pressed flower tattoos, starting with something simple!

Protect SNAP in COVID-19 Relief – from the Faith Action Network

For the 4th federal relief package, we need your voice to urge your members of Congress to prioritize funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Ask that they ensure the SNAP program is strengthened to address food insecurity and hunger due to COVID-19, by including these four things:

  • Increase the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%
  • Increase the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30
  • Suspend the Administration’s rule changes that would terminate or cut benefits
  • Temporarily suspend the SNAP rule requiring eligible students to work 20 hours per week to receive benefits. (added 5/5/2020)

Create Smiles by Painting Rocks

Paint small rocks with fun pictures and caring words. Place the rocks in places in your community for people to see and take home.

Solidarity Actions, from the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

Hunger Response, from the Faith Action Network