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UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Condemns Transgender Military Ban
UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump's directive banning transgender people from entering the military:
I condemn in the strongest terms President Trump's immoral directive banning transgender people from entering the military and revoking health care support for those currently serving. Unitarian Universalists unequivocally support the full humanity of people across the spectrum of gender and sexuality, including the right of transgender people to serve in the military. This is yet another attack from this administration on the humanity, dignity, and fundamental rights of people in this country. Even more disturbing, this attack targets those who have committed their lives to faithful service.
My heart turns to all the transgender and gender non-conforming people in the military who are showing up everyday to serve and protect our country, even as their commander in chief has made them a target. I am grateful for your service. Grounded in a belief that all people are worthy, and called faithfully to build the Beloved Community, I particularly urge my fellow cisgender Unitarian Universalists to join me to affirming, supporting and celebrating all of our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings. We are with you. We remain with you until we are all free.
Cooperation and Victory: UUCN and Norwich NAACP ACT-SO Program
The Norwich branch NAACP's Robertsine Duncan Youth Council supports students in participating in the annual ACT-SO program. ACT-SO stands for Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
For over thirty yearsthe mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.
The 2017 competition was held at the National NAACP Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Representing the Norwich NAACP's ACT-SO Program were
Daisy Wang, a rising Senior at Norwich Free Academy
Jalen Moody, a rising Freshman and California State University
Luckensley Paul, a rising Junior at Norwich Free Academy
The competition theme was "Victory is Everything." This was the first experience for all three students to participate at the National ACT-SO Competition and Awards Ceremony. One of the memorable moments was having Jalen Moody perform in the Opening Kick-Off Ceremony, and members singing in the choir during the Awards Ceremony.
All of the competitors expressed gratitude at being able to spend time with hundreds of extremely talented, motivated and passionate young adults - happy to support and lift each other up with positive and caring words.
Many thanks to Marcus Howard for his help in documenting the activities of the participants.
This is the second year UU Norwich has supported the Norwich NAACP ACT-SO Program, and we look forward to hearing much more positive news from these amazing young adults. We hope to have one or more of the participants join us for a service later in the year to discuss their experiences first-hand.
"The arc of the moral universe is long," goes a quote often attributed to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "but it bends towards justice.” The famous quote's inspiration can be found in a much earlier sermon by the Rev. Theodore Parker, a Boston abolitionist and transcendentalist. Dan McKanan, a professor of American religion at Harvard Divinity School, sat down with WGBH News to discuss who Parker was and how his line ended up in a speech by King — and on the floor of the Oval Office.
Formed in the wake of several conversations among Black UUs at the July 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, OH - the BLUU Organizing Collective works to provide support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists. We also work to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith.
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