As predicted, there are changes to our action plan regarding how we will respond to the grand jury indictment decision coming out of Ferguson. In response to conversations with faith leaders within the Evanston community, members of UCE are encouraged to attend one, or both, of the peace vigils being planned:
ON THE NIGHT OF THE GRAND JURY ANNOUNCEMENT: 7:00 p.m. at UCE.
We will be hosting, in collaboration with the Evanston Pastor’s Fellowship and the Interfaith Clergy Alliance, a vigil at UCE. This decision may be happening today, so our vigil may be happening tonight. We have invited interfaith clergy and city leaders to take part in this expression of faithful boldness and to stand with us for human dignity and justice.
ON THE NIGHT AFTER THE GRAND JURY ANNOUNCEMENT:
All the congregations in our Chicago Unitarian Universalist community will gather for a vigil at First Church in Hyde Park. This will take place at 5pm if the announcement happens on a weekend, and at 7pm if during the week. For more information on this historic city-wide response, please keep monitoring this home page .
We will stand together on these two evenings to offer our prayers of hope and to express a vision of reconciliation and healing in communities most affected by violence, racism, and injustice. Together we stand, united across our various faith traditions, to affirm our sacred work of building a beloved community of diversity and peace. We stand with those in Ferguson, and with so many across the nation, who choose to stand on the side of love.
A Thanksgiving worship service for all ages. Please bring a loaf or other form of bread representing your heritage and the sustenance we share. We’ll partake of the bread together during the service, and after the service we’ll share a simple meal of bread and other accompaniments you bring (such as cheese, jam, or fruit).
Rev. Connie Grant and Rev. Bret Lortie leading.
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Michael Drennan, Erlene Howard and Alex Sproul will discuss current Green Sanctuary activities, specifically the composting program, the Zero Waste initiative, and the new rain gardens. Focus will be on progress in the campaigns and what eventually happens to the various items collected, as well as a report on the new rain gardens. Discussion leaders: Michael Drennan, Erlene Howard and Alex Sproul
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