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Traces of the Trade, a Story of the Deep North – screening and dialogue toward Racial Justice

Bringing together the hard reality of our history of racial inequity with a chance for reflection, shared questioning and opportunities for healing, this film screening will present an Emmy award winning documentary.
In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history, which chronicles her family’s journey of reckoning with their ancestors’ and New England’s complicity in slavery. As their journey informs a painful past, it also raises challenging questions for today which will stir viewer’s questions and concerns.

The screening will be followed by a dialogue at 8:00 p.m. facilitated by Katrina Browne and Elon Cook, Humanities Consultant at the Robbins House, an African American historic house in Concord. The dialogue will include simple, accessible interactive exercises that will invite participants to share their reactions to the deep material in the film in a full way – from heart, body, mind and spirit. The screening and discussion take place September 29, 2016 at 7pm in Concord Massachusetts. Continue reading

  • $500 Goal
  • $200 Funded
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Send Caitlin to the N. Am. Permaculture Convergence!

I am a mother, an activist, an organizer, a permaculturalist, an environmental planner, and a third generation Unitarian Universalist living near Lake Champlain in Vermont. In the past decade, I have worked with women in permaculture, with racial and economic justice committees, and with food education.

Last month, I was generously offered complementary registration to attend the North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPCII) in Hopland, California from September 14-18, 2016. I will join the “Women and Permaculture” Working Group, represent the Northeast Women in Permaculture Gathering (NEWIP) and connect our networks so that we might shape communities for the benefit of everyone in them.

However, I still need to raise money to get to California and cover my expenses while I am there. I am just $700 away from achieving this goal in service to building Beloved Community.

I will be able to achieve this goal with the help of my friends and “siblings” in organizing and activism. Any effort to help me participate at the convergence will be deeply appreciated.

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  • $777 Goal
  • $644 Funded
  • 12 Days to Go
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Drum Circle and Training by Mary Knysh for People Affected by the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accidents in Japan

Mary Knysh is a leading drum circle facilitator and Music for People trainer. Mary will provide a 2-day training workshop for Japanese drum circle facilitators active in the areas affected by the major earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in 2011. Yuri Yamamoto, a UU musician and Music for People leader born and raised in Japan, will accompany Mary as an interpreter and assistant facilitator. Continue reading

  • $2,750 Goal
  • $2,825 Funded
  • 9 Days to Go
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Revive Love Tour

A revival tour providing organizers, UU congregations, and communities working for social justice a space to recharge, replenish, and build through organizing skills trainings, art and informal discussion/relationship building. Continue reading

  • $10,000 Goal
  • $11,733 Funded
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UU Guatemala: Computers for Guatemalan Scholars

In partnership with the human rights organization, ADIVIMA, Jefferson Unitarian Church supports 49 impoverished scholarship students in Guatemala. They are at a disadvantage due to a lack of access to computers. We are raising funds to buy laptops to give students access to the greater world. Continue reading

  • $4,000 Goal
  • $4,025 Funded
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Support UU Anti-Racists

UU anti-racists arrested during a protest against the KKK in Anaheim, CA February 27 have now been charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest. They need funds to pay for their legal defense. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,248 Funded
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Sabbatical Minister

We’d like to bring Meghann Robern’s salary to a fair amount as she covers for our lead minister while she is on sabbatical. Meghann has served us as an unpaid intern for the past year. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,000 Funded
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SIDING with God

The Leicester Unitarian Church is the oldest public building on the Town Common in Leicester, MA, built in 1833. We finally completed painting the building in 2015, with the exception of the bell tower and front and rear peaks. We decided to put siding up to preserve the building and lower the maintenance cost for the future. Continue reading

  • $7,160 Goal
  • $7,444 Funded
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Help Rev Fulgence Continue His Ministry!

Rev Fulgence Ndagijimani grew a Unitarian Congregation out of just a few people, in one of the poorest countries of the world. His congregation supported scholarship programs, micro loans, and social justice work in the community. Fulgence was jailed, interrogated, and forced to flee the country for his UU work. He wants to continue his Ministry and serve in North America, which will require some further training. Help us ensure that his Ministry continues to grow and thrive! Continue reading

  • $10,000 Goal
  • $10,140 Funded
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Rising Together: Temperature, Water, Health and Strength

Eight UU congregations in coastal Florida will work in partnership with vulnerable communities impacted by climate change and sea level rise to build climate resilience and to advocate for inclusion and self-determination in adaptation planning. They will make advocacy tools available on www.ReactToolKit.net so organizers in other coastal communities can engage in this important work.
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  • $7,500 Goal
  • $8,565 Funded
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Send 5 Kids to Hogwarts!

Help send 5 kids to Hogwarts Summer Camp at Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bowling Green Ohio. Camp tuition is $130 (covers t-shirt, wand, quill, notebook, reusable cup, wizard hat, morning & afternoon snacks, and more!). Our annual camp runs July 25-29, 2016. http://hogwartsatmvuuc.weebly.com/ Continue reading

  • $650 Goal
  • $780 Funded
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UU Talks

UU Talks is a platform similar to TED Talks to broaden the reach of the UU message and create an innovative fundraising tool for congregations and UU groups. Continue reading

  • $3,000 Goal
  • $3,193 Funded
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Worthy Now: A Prison Ministry Network

This campaign will fund the creation and development of a website for the Worthy Now Network. This online platform will unify and strengthen [maybe also “liberal religious” here?] prison ministry and prison reform work to connect, deepen, and act to bring an end to mass incarnation. Continue reading

  • $7,500 Goal
  • $7,550 Funded
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Because childhood won’t last, make camp memories that will!

Help us meet the goal of affordable camp for 4th-8th graders at Camping in the Grove. 5 days of overnight camp – all the fun things of camp: swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfires, nature walks – time to just be a kid. The kids love it so much they come back year after year. Its 5th year, July 24-28, 2016, offers “Spirit in Practice.” Continue reading

  • $2,500 Goal
  • $3,045 Funded
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2016 Totem Pole Journey

For the past three years Lummi House of Tears Carvers, led by Master Carver Jewell James of Lummi Nation, have carved and transported totem poles thousands of miles to communities opposing the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. Unitarian Universalist congregations on both sides of the border are being engaged. Continue reading

  • $8,000 Goal
  • $8,550 Funded
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Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois

Help us create this new ministry, which has three parts: create welcoming and helpful congregations for people returning from prison, advocate for restorative alternatives to incarceration, and provide UU worship and small group ministry in two Illinois prison, through the services of a part time minister and volunteers. Continue reading

  • $6,000 Goal
  • $8,441 Funded
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Give Kids a MountainCamp Experience this Summer!

Your support will enable up to twelve children and youth experience MountainCamp, a UU summer camp high upon a mountaintop in the southern Appalachia. The MountainCamp experience fosters a strong, inclusive community, appreciation of nature and the environment, and experiential learning through traditional camp activities guided by our UU values. Continue reading

  • $3,800 Goal
  • $5,185 Funded
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Bring Eli Clare to General Assembly!

EqUUal Access and TRUUsT are teaming up to bring Eli Clare, one of the foremost thinkers, educators, and activists working at the intersections of disability, sexuality, gender, race, and class, to General Assembly. Help us meet our goal and help advance the conversation between disability justice and LGBTQ justice within Unitarian Universalism! Continue reading

  • $1,000 Goal
  • $1,165 Funded
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YoUUth SOALS: The Spiritual Organizer/Activist Leadership Seminar for UU Youth

YoUUth SOALS – the Spiritual Organizer/Activist Leadership Seminar for Unitarian Universalist Youth – is a six-month leadership development program for young UU activists from across Minnesota. Through youth-led worship, congregational learning, small-group discussions, and interactive panels with local and national activists and organizers, youth build concrete skills for justice-making and reflect on the intersections of our shared faith and our work to build a just and loving world. The 2016-2017 YoUUth SOALS program will have a specific focus on racial justice. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,318 Funded
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Prophetic Climate Justice Network

Support UU congregations in Massachusetts taking a stand against the fossil fuel industry and fighting for the just transition to the renewable energy sources we need. This project supports congregations working together to stop the construction of a major fracked gas pipeline by funding a regional organizer and the formation of congregational based climate justice groups. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,754 Funded
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Normativity: A New LGBTQ+ Musical

Normativity, by UU young adult Jaime Jarrett, is a new musical about LGBTQ+ representation and the gay community premiering at NYMF this summer. Normativity confronts the lack of positive LGBTQ+ representation and the negative impact that has on LGBTQ+ youth who have grown up seeing gay characters continually killed on television, in movies, and on stage. Our goal is to highlight this issue, also known as “Burying Your Gays,” while serving as the representation the LGBTQ+ community so lacks. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,000 Funded
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Don’t Let the Walls Fall Down

The Little Stone Church “that Rocks” is falling down ! We need your help to restore it. Our church is over 100 years old and badly needs to have the mortar restored. Our tower especially is in danger of falling down. As a historical landmark, and an active church “on the common,” we need to keep our place intact and safe. We are an active church congregation with a community heart. Your funds will not only help us to Kick off a building campaign, but will create matching funds for other grants we hope to obtain.
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  • $7,000 Goal
  • $8,183 Funded
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West Shore Cleveland Needs a New Sign

West Shore Unitarian Universalist church sits on a busy street in Rocky River. Our main “draw” is from people who drive by the church and are curious about it. Our current sign is parallel to the street, which means, no one can read it! It’s deteriorating, difficult to read and has to be changed by hand. The church needs a new sign that is perpendicular to the road with messages that reflect the vitality of the people inside and the importance of our faith to the wider world. Continue reading

  • $5,000 Goal
  • $5,104 Funded
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International UU Young Adults Gathering 2016

Your contributions will enable up to thirty young adults to travel from the Philippines, India, Africa, Canada, United States, and Europe to this the 5-day ICUU) conference in July 2016. YOU can help make this life-changing experience happen for these young adult U/UUs! Continue reading

  • $9,000 Goal
  • $9,125 Funded
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