Commit2Respond Spotlight - June 2, 2016

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Tuesday, June 14th, 7:30 PM EST
Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Network Webinar

“The ECONOMIC Core of Environmental and Racial Oppression.
Be part of the change.”     Presented by Elandria Williams

Elandria Williams at GA2015
Elandria Williams speaks at the "PRO" microphone for the 2015 #BlackLivesMatter AIW. © 2015 Nancy Pierce/UUA 6/28/2015

Elandria Williams is part of the leadership team  at the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-edits a project and book called Beautiful Solutions, and helps run Governance and economics schools. She is on the board of the Appalachian Studies Association, the US Solidarity Economy Network, and the Democracy at Work Institute. She also is a member of the Black Lives Matter Knoxville chapter, a BALLE fellow, a member the Black Lives of UU collective. Elandria has been an organizer and community leader since she was in high school.  

 *pre-registration required* (click here)
LIMITED to 50 participants


Sunday, June 12, 2016
Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust
Worldwide, Multi-faith Day of Prayer and Action for People & Climate 

 In unity with people of faith around the world, take a moment on June 12th to call for world leaders to commit to a limit of 1.5 degree limit on global temperature rise. Check out the day of action website to see if there is already an event organized in your area.  

Commit2Respond encourages you to incorporate a climate justice prayer or action into your day on the 12th, as a spiritual practice. If you are part of a congregation, reach out to your leaders to suggest or make an offering to help incorporate a prayer or a lesson on the moral callings of the climate crisis into Sunday morning worship or religious education activities. Perhaps you can also organize for a group to come together for an activity after the service… Be bold and be creative!   

Please share a photo or video lifting up the drive to limit global warming to a 1.5°C average using the hashtags #SacredEarth2016 and #Commit2Respond! You can get your event on the action website by emailing Please copy us at -- we would love to be in the loop!


June 2016 - September 2016
New Resource: Organizing on the Side of Love: The Online Course

This summer, the Standing on the Side of Love campaign is  thrilled to be collaborating with the UU Leadership Institute to offer Organizing on the Side of Love: Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact. Over the online course of eight modules, we will together explore movement building and organizing 101 with spiritual reflections and tools.

 The course aspires to be an accessible and affordable tool for people who want knowledge on the subject, and a forum to spark conversations. Watch whenever you want, just watch them all by September 15! Newcomers to this stuff, seasoned organizers, and those who have left movement work and are looking for places to come back are all welcome. The course launch is Wednesday, June 1.  Read more.


 Communities In Action

 “Hands Across the Sand” - May 21, 2016

Pictured: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs sponsors a Hands Across the Sand gathering on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico to call for clean energy, environmental justice, and an end to offshore drilling. Photo by Barbara Kotacka

"Hands Across the Sand"  events started in the year 2010 ---  the year of the tragic British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This year, UUs took part alongside thousands of people, with a total of 83 events occurring around the world. Rev. Bob Murphy, of the UU Church of Tarpon Springs, helped organize the gathering pictured above. Bob explains, “In this region,  the impact of climate change is here and now. Coastal flooding is a problem in many neighborhoods. Each summer is hotter than the previous summer.” This gathering was one of 13 that occurred throughout Florida.

 Hands Across the Sand 2016 was sponsored by Sierra Club, Oceana, Greenpeace, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Friends of the Earth, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Gulf Restoration Network, Urban Paradise Guild and Oceana.


 Eight UU Ministers Arrested in Multifaith Direct Action to 
#STOPSPECTRA West Roxbury Pipeline - May 25, 2016 

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On May 25, 2016, sixteen local religious leaders were arrested for blocking the construction of the Spectra West Roxbury Lateral pipeline with an interfaith worship service, out of concern over global climate change and public safety.  Read more.


UUYACJ member Lee Stewart Occupies Tiny Home
Pipeline Blockade in Peekskill, NY - May 25, 2016 



Early in the morning on Wednesday, May 25th, activists Lee Stewart and Jane Kendall locked themselves into a solar-powered converted shipping container tiny-home placed directly in the path of construction of the Spectra Energy Corporation Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline.  
Read more.




In the Spirit of Love and Faith,

Aly Tharp
Network Coordinator, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
Program Manager, Commit2Respond



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