by Rev. Jennifer Brooks. What a week it has been. I’ve been at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (GA) in Portland, OR, since last Monday. The 5,000 UUs at GA gathered in energizing worship, learned stimulating new ideas in an array of workshops and stood in solidarity with the Lummi people to support their resistance to the taking of their sacred lands for use as a coal loading port. Dr. Cornel West electrified the assembly in his Ware Lecture. On Thursday, when the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision affirming marriage equality, we gathered in an impromptu service of celebration. We also held a healing circle to support the […]

Celebrating marriage equality

by 47 Northern Virginia clergy and faith leaders.  Today, we rejoice in the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the federal right of same sex partners to legal marriage in the cases of Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear. We give thanks for the discernment shown by the Justices on this issue and their standing on the side of love. We give thanks that today, for the first time in our nation’s history, the marriages of same sex couples will be legally permitted and legally recognized in all fifty states. As people of faith, we stand together in the belief that all persons, […]

Responding to racial violence

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Associate Minister. “Washington Post” columnist Lonnae O’Neal said it so well yesterday: “I didn’t want to write about race today. “After columns on gun violence in inner-city Chicago, the viral McKinney swimming pool video as a proxy for segregation, the sideshow of the formerly white, former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal, I just wanted to step back and catch my breath. “But then, so did Eric Garner. “The instinct to call a pause when events feel overwhelming is often not an option when it comes to race in this country. “More precisely, that’s not how white supremacy works.” Dear friends, I know last week’s shooting at Emanuel […]

“Lessons learned in social justice ministry”

by John Monroe, Acting Minister for Social Justice. I can’t deny it: When I began this job as acting minister for social justice, I had plenty of passion but not much practical knowledge. A year later, I cannot claim to be an expert, but I have learned a lot that I will carry into my ministry. Above all, I have learned the importance of learning from others. I began to grasp this lesson back in January, during the Weekend of Service. I had organized the food-packing service project, working with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). On that Saturday morning, the AFAC trucks arrived with a mind-boggling amount of onions, […]