Queer Your Faith, Iowa

       New 2021: Queer Your Faith, Iowa.  Services will usually be held on the second Sunday of the month, watch for details. Our Iowa and neighboring states’ congregations welcome the LGBTQ community and speak to their humanity and spirituality.  Service will be on Queer Your Faith,                                                                 Iowawith Facebook Live.

See Queer Your Faith, Iowa’s webpage here.

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Awakening the Dreamer Class

Is it time for Iowans to create a new dream for the future?  If so, IUUWAN  in partnership with Pachamama Alliance – Iowa invites all UUs to learn about Pachamama Alliance, a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.  To learn about Pachamama Alliance we encourage you to take  a 2-hour free on-line Awakening the Dreamer Class.  You will gain an understanding of how we got here and what we can do about it.    Click here for the link to Awakening the Dreamer.

Transform Your Concern for the World Into Action
An invitation from IUUWAN and  Pachamama Alliance – Iowa

Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive
Learning, Connecting, Taking Action – From Home or Wherever You Are

New session starts mid-January
Are you concerned about the world and want to learn more, so you can move into action effectively? The Game Changer Intensive is an exciting and interactive 8-week online course, starting mid-January 2022, that prepares you to engage in effective personal and collective action toward a just and sustainable future.

Winter is a perfect time to deepen your knowledge of what is happening, as well as your awareness of the possibilities for change – and this course enables you to connect with others from all over the world. The content is continually updated and revised to be current and relevant to the urgent needs of the times.
 
Details and registration
Learn more and enroll in the next Game Changer IntensiveRegistration is open until Sunday, January 9, 11:59 PM.

Sign up for registration open until January 9th. 

 

Murder He Wrote           

Sunday, January 23, at 11:15 AM  Click here to join the program.

The fact that violent crime rates have recently been increasing in the US has been the focus of considerable media attention recently.  While everyone should be concerned about this, it is important that we understand the real causes of this and reject false narratives that may be circulating.  Al Hays, Co-Chair of the Iowa Justice Action Network, Inc.  will share a presentation that he did for the Iowa Justice Action Network this past fall.  (Hint – rising crime is NOT due to defunding the police or Black Lives Matter protests.) 

 

UUA Common Read: “Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris.

Part one, Tuesday, January 25 at 7 PM     Link will be available later.
Part two, Tuesday, February 22 at 7 PM    Link will be available later.
Peoples Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Rapids invites all UUs to join us in a two part book discussion on this illuminating book.   Part 1 will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm via Zoom.  The second part will be held on Tuesday February 22 at 7 pm via Zoom.  The zoom link will be shared closer to the events on Facebook and the IUUWAN website.  
In this book Zach Norris shifts the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment toward growth and support systems for our families and communities.  In Defund Fear, Norris explores what has gone wrong, and why, and who has been most impacted by repressive and racist policing systems.  He offers a new blueprint for public safety that holds people accountable while still holding them in community.  Norris shares the stories of individuals exposing the traumatic and dehumanizing experiences they have in the criminal justice system as a way to open our hearts and minds to bring change.  

 

IUUWAN’s Annual Fall Workshop

                                 The interconnected Web of Life: putting the                                                                   UU 7th Principle into advocacy and Action                               Speaker, Dr. Brian Campbell, executive director of Iowa Environmental Council 

Watch the recording here

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 admin@iuuwan.com 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!

 Individual Membership
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Speakers Bureau

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.

Sign up for IUUWAN email

We send out a newsletter and special announcements about 5-6 times a year (we won’t fill your inbox.

 

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Volunteer

IUUWAN volunteers can do as little or as much as your schedule allows.

Donate

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We are in the process of hiring an outreach coordinator, so we will be needing more funds to support personnel.

Make your tax deductible check* payable to IUUWAN and mail to:

IUUWAN 

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Congregational Membership

$1 per member suggested dues

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 their Write 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.

Invite trainers for a video conference to show your congregation the possibility of reversing global warming

Contact Terry Lowman to make arrangements.  
There is no charge for this workshop. Workshop provided by members of the Iowa City Unitarian Universalist Society.