Queer Your Faith, Iowa
New on Sunday, May 2: Queer Your Faith, Iowa. Every month except May, services will be held on the second Sunday of the month. Watch how seven of our 13 congregations welcome the LGBTQ community and speak to their humanity and spirituality. Service will be on Queer Your Faith, Iowawith Facebook Live.
Birch Spick, pictured left, will be giving our first service. Although Birch is young, they’re a leader in Iowa UUs and has led or helped lead many services.
“On This Journey Together”
No matter who we are, making sense of our lives and seeking our direction is a profound commonality we share as human beings. It is a journey that many people make in each other’s company, often in religious or spiritual communities. But for a variety of reasons, many LGBTQ people struggle to feel welcome in joining and staying in these communities. We strive to bridge that gap through the Queer Your Faith initiative, sponsored by OneIowa, IUUWAN and its Unitarian Universalist member congregations. Join us on Sunday May 2nd for our inaugural Sunday service hosted by First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. Lay leaders Birch Spick & Patty Notch will offer this service as we consider what it means to be LGBTQ and spiritual, religious, or seeking deeper meaning in our lives.
Iowa UUs Connecting for Justice
Calling all Iowa UU’s for Justice!
We’re looking for congregational social justice supporters/activists. Four to six times a year, we’re planning meet ups to connect with Iowa UUs with other Iowa UUs sharing experience, strength and hope! If you’re that justice activist, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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These are our UU partners in Washington, DC. Every second Tuesday of the month, their volunteers, the Advocacy Corps, go to the Hill to hand deliver letters written by Iowa UUs to our Senators and Representatives. This is theirWrite Here, Right Now program.
This makes us letter writers and the Advocacy corps more powerful in the eyes of our elected officials.
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IUUWAN Statement on Racial Justice
See IUUWAN’s statement on racial profiling, George Floyd’s execution and our stance on protests.
The death of George Floyd opens wounds and reminds us how deep, persistent and systemic the
roots of racism are in US history and society. As Unitarian Universalists we must never cease
to deepen our efforts in educating ourselves about racial injustice and extinguish its manifestations
that surface in too many dimensions of contemporary life. These include not just the treatment of
people of color by police, but the institutionalization in the criminal justice system where African
Americans and people of color are disproportionately incarcerated compared to their minority
representation in the general populations. Racial injustice is in the legacy of racist practices from Jim
Crow to redlining, to its intersectionality with the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic,
environmental pollution and climate change.
As Unitarian Universalists, we pledge to put our faith into action. Our belief in the inherent dignity
and value of every human life calls us to work non-violently, inclusively, and constructively towards
justice, healing, and reconciliation within and with other faiths and communities.
As a welcoming but still a mainly majority – white religious organization, we also acknowledge the
hard work the white community must do to recognize privileges we take for granted are not shared by
those of non-white skin. Such privileges include a lack of fear of racial profiling during a traffic stop,
or not needing to educate our children how to act for their own physical protection. As we work within
the white communities Awareness of these privileges and the implicit and explicit biases that affect
how we think, act and engage with people of color prepares us to listen and work together in active
partnership with Black and other people of color and their communities towards an anti-racist
world. and to deepen our own understanding of racial bias within and around our beloved
communities of faith.
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