Iowa UCC & UUs Connecting for Justice
This spring, the IUUWAN board voted to invite UCC members to work with us on justice. We're looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship!
Calling all UUs for Justice
We're looking for congregational social justice supporters/activists. Four to six times a year, we're planning meet ups to connect Iowa UUs with other Iowa UUs sharing experience, strength and hope! If you're that justice activist, just reply to this email and we'll get you on the list. If you're not, but know someone who is, please help them connect with us. These times call for renewed justice energy!
Connecting Iowa UUs
Webinar on Influencing Washington
Your computer or phone, Tuesday, March 20th
For those interested in learning about political action, a webinar called “4 Ways to Get our UU Voices Heard in Washington will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 7 pm. The webinar, sponsored by UU Just Economic Community and UUs for Social Justice in DC, hopes to mobilize and amplify the voices of the UU community. To find out more, here is a link.
March for our Lives
Saturday, March 24
Students from all over the country have invited all to march with them to promote safe schools and to end gun violence. The following are some of the Iowa cities where March for our Lives will happen:
Cedar Rapids: 10 am * Clinton 4:00 PM * Creston 4:00 PM * Davenport: 10 AM * Dubuque 12:00 Noon * Iowa City: 11 AM * Des Moines: noon * Clinton: 4:00 PM Sioux City 12:00 noon * Waterloo: 4:00 pm
Speaking by Heart
Iowa City, Saturday, April 14
Just when one starts to think there is little ability to affect change, author Reverend Stephen Shick, comes along and asks us to look deeper. He maintains that by learning to speak from the heart, we can be heard. This ability can take us many places, from speaking truth in our churches to speaking at rallies to speaking to legislators.
Join us Saturday, April 14, for Stephen Shick’s “Speaking from the Heart” workshop to equip ourselves for these times in which we live. The workshop, which starts at 10 am and finishes at 5 pm, will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville. Co-sponsored by IUUWAN and the UU Society, the workshop is free and open to the public. Homestays for those coming from a distance can be arranged. A $10 donation will be appreciated for the lunch. Please reserve a place before March 13 by email to Sally Hartman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Justice Workshop
Evanston, Illinois, April 21
To further deep learning of social justice, the Unitarian Universalist Just Economic Community encourages participation in their upcoming conference entitled “Insist on Justice! Resist Inequality!”. This conference will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL from 9:30 to 3:00. The keynote speaker, author Chuck Collins, will be joined by a panel of Illinois activists and leaders. Here is a link to the conference flyer.
Interfaith March for Peace and Justice
Ames, Sunday, April 29
Join all faiths in the march for peace and justice on April 29 in Ames from 3:30-4:30. Email TerryLeeLowman@gmail.com for more information.
UUA General Assembly
Kansas City, Wednesday-Sunday, June 20-24
Closer to home this year, the UUA General Assembly might be more accessible, since it is in Kansas City June 20-14. Carpooling, volunteering in exchange for registration fees, and congregational fundraising might be ways to decrease the expense of attending this opportunity to grow as a UU. Here is a link to more information about how the conference can be more affordable. For a scholarship, you must apply by March 31.
Advocacy: how to easily and effectively work
with our elected officials.
Sometimes it feels like there's nothing we can do. And besides that, we have too much to do already. How can you take the little time you have and turn it into effectively reaching out and impacting what our elected officials do? How do we take the power we have and make as much justice as we possibly can? Terry Lowman, the lead organizer for the Iowa UU Witness/Advocacy Network, IUUWAN, and AJ Segerni, IUUWAN board member and long time organizer, will present.
Below are links to of our partners in advocacy: UULAW for Iowa advocacy and UUSJ for Federal advocacy.
Check out this year's concert series at
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
From First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
UU Legislative Action Workgroup, UULAW
The Corruption of Our Democracy Video Curriculum, TED TALK + Curriculum
IUUWAN board members are available to help you start your workshop.
The Congregational Study/Action Issue, CSAI, voted for at the 2016 UUA General Assembly is The Corruption of Democracy. The official UUA curriculum will come out in November, but few UUs have the time to read books and prepare a course of study. This curriculum includes chalice lights and closings and pointers for conversation. The demographics of TED Talk views overlaps very well with UUs...curious, open people. That makes the facilitating very easy--show the videos and UUs will make the conversation happen. You can access the curriculum here. Or if you contact TerryLeeLowman@gmail.com, he will send you a thumb drive with all the videos and the curriculum loaded on it.
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Contact us at TerryLeeLowman@gmail.com to make arrangements. Back to Basics! A workshop or forum on how to find your voice when there's so much noise.
Because we work in coalition, we have contacts in many areas of justice: Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Restorative Justice or we can just talk about what IUUWAN is doing.
IUUWAN volunteers can do as little or as much as your schedule allows.
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