Message from Rev. Richard ‘Bud’ Murphy, UUJF President

Just Saying 11/2020

Here’s my take on resilience but let me start with a standard definition and see how close it comes to my version.

re·sil·ience     /rəˈzilyəns/   noun
1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
Similar: flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, elasticity

The verb form is resile, a word we rarely if ever hear or speak. I mention the verb because resilience is all about action.  Resile is from the Latin word “resilire,” meaning to leap back. Resilience is essentially about relationships.  An object is resilient if its parts can restore their original relationships, their internal organization to each other when those relationships are stressed or broken.

I am focusing on resilience, because the relationships of elements within our planet Earth have been stressed and broken and those relationships are essential to supporting life on our planet.  Global warming has stressed and broken the planets capacity to support biodiversity and some scientific observers declare that we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that threatens life on the planet.

Just when we could benefit most from collaboration, forces are working against that cohesiveness and our base survival instincts are exploited as a wedge.  Aggression and vindictiveness crush mutual trust making collaboration seem like a weakness and vulnerability and threats are met with escalations of aggression and violence or we take flight from the perceived danger, often in the form of denial that the threats are real.

We’re planning opportunities for you to be in relationship with one another and your State Legislative Representatives.  David Johnson is blazing new trails of informed action that you can learn more about in this newsletter and on our UUJF website.  Janice Booher is involved in fostering resilience at a truly grassroots level and is putting human relationships at the heart of the growing number of actions being taken to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by extreme weather events and debilitating pollution.  

We need each other more and ever. Consider getting involved. The stakes could not be higher. Resile, leap back together for a more desirable and sustainable future.

Bud Murphy, President UUJF, UUJFAN

Legislative Advocacy 2021

Members of the 2021-2 Florida Legislature were sworn in this week.  High on their list of priorities will be consideration of the Governor’s proposed bill that will threaten and suppress citizens’ rights to free assembly guaranteed by our Constitution and a re-balancing of the State Budget necessitated by the loss of jobs, tourism and revenue resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

Since there will be no 2021 UUJF Legislative Day event in Tallahassee next year, our focus must now turn to conducting virtual meetings with our legislators this January in advance of the 2021 session scheduled to begin March 2.

You are encouraged to form teams in collaboration with members of UU congregations, your local Indivisible group, Sierra Club chapter and/or other like minded organizations such as the LWV and NOW.  In your virtual meetings you and others on your team will address selected items from the Legislative Agenda, share stories how proposed legislation affects you and and your family and make your progressive voices heard.

To learn more about the legislative process and tips for virtual meetings, please register here for the Legislative Training Workshop to be held the first week in December. Please also share this link with others in your congregation or organization and encourage them to register as well.

In order to receive targeted Action Alerts, your current address must be in the UUJF mailing list data base.  If —— is not your correct 9-digit Zip+4 address code please update your current street address on the UUJF website Take Action page.


UUJF October ZOOM workshop

Susan Leslie reported on of justice work during this election season at UUA with and for our congregations and members.  An edited version of this program is in the works and will be available soon.

Click here for a motivating and inspirational interview on the Minister’s Forum with Rev. Colin of the UU Church of Houston entitled “Vote Love, Not Hate!


CONGRATULATIONS to these 2020 Five Practices of Welcome Renewal Congregations!

River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Davie, FL
Tri-County Unitarian Universalists, Summerfield, FL


In Florida, #UUtheVote phone banks conducted with New Florida Majority totaled 98,883 calls in 4 national phone bank initiatives. Additionally, Florida UUs made calls from three phone banks before the primaries totaling at least 10,000 calls.

Nationally, #UUtheVote reached 3+ million people in the US sending 1.2 million postcards and letters, making 700,000 calls and sending 300,000 text messages.

Teresa from NewFM will be one of the panelists for our faith-wide How We Win UU the Vote Debrief on Saturday, November 21, 2020, 4p - 5:30p ET. We will be addressing what the work is going forward.  Sign up here.

We know that the strongest democracy is one where more people have a voice in electing their representative. #UUtheVote efforts have registered over 5000 voters. With your help, we can register thousands more before the voter registration deadline in Georgia on December 7th for the critical runoff elections on January 5 to fill to remaining vacancies in the US Senate

Join us to call Georgia voters on Sunday, November 22nd from 2-4pm EST


News and Events from Congregations, the UUA and Affiliated Organizations


Please join the UUA, UU Ministry for Earth, our UU congregations and justice organizations, and Indigenous partners to Harvest the Power for love and justice.

November 16-26

Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach in

The Convergence and Teach-In will carry forward the work that has happened already, including many of the amazing programs from this year’s General Assembly. A great way to prepare for the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-in is to watch (or rewatch) the General Assembly Programs on this subject, compiled here for easy reviewing and also available in the full catalogue of the General Assembly Showcase.

As Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray reminds us: “In truth, thanksgiving celebrations have a long and rich history that predates the landing of the Pilgrims and the founding of the United States. There are many, many ways that we can connect in gratitude and celebrate the abundance of the Fall harvest as a community without celebrating an ahistorical colonial origin story.

This year let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person.”


Citizen’s Climate Lobby - plan for Climate Action in 2021

Intersection of race and climate among topics for virtual conference seminars

Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

The UUA is a partner with CCL.


Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)

20 Years-Advancing UU values in the nation’s capitol through engagement, education, advocacy, celebration and preparation

Saturday, December 12, 4 pm - 6 pm ET

UU Social Justice’s online celebration will feature U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, award-winning musician, LEA Morris, and guest panelists from national UU and social justice organizations.

The mission of UUSJ is to advance equitable national policies and actions, aligned with UU values, through engagement, education, and advocacy (updated 2020). UU Social Justice works to live up to former UUA President Rev. John Buehren's vision of UUs having “a loud, unified voice on public policy issues.”  UUSJ makes that happen with you!


1000 Friends Of Florida

1000 FRIENDS has developed a preliminary list of delegation hearings and encourages you to participate. These hearings are scheduled in advance of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session to provide you with the opportunity to share your priorities with the legislators representing your county.  If you do not feel comfortable attending in person, you may share your recommendations by contacting your legislators directly.  


First Unitarian Church of Orlando is supporting more ways to “Go Solar” in Florida

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of Florida, the nonprofit that First U members helped to launch in 2016, has launched a campaign to legalize a financing tool for solar arrays in Florida called Purchased Power Agreements. Nonprofits and local governments would be the beneficiaries. Florida is one of only four states that prohibits citizens from buying electricity from anyone other than a utility.

First Unitarian Church of Orlando has signed on as a partner with the SUN campaign to show support. First Unitarian of Orlando (1U) was one of three case studies cited in a report prepared on the potential benefits of PPAs in Florida. The Seventh Principle guided the Board of Trustees’ decision.


University UU Fellowship of Orlando

Recording of November 15 service on Widening the Circle with Laura Solomon, UU Ministerial Intern. After more than a year of study of our congregations and denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association has published "Widening the Circle of Concern," a report from the Commission on Institutional Change. This report charges Unitarian Universalism, its congregations, and its congregants, to deepen our engagement in the work of anti-racism, and to grapple with the cultural change this work demands of us, personally and institutionally. Hear what this report means for us as Unitarian Universalists.

Click this link to the service. Laura’s talk starts at 42 minutes.


Audubon Florida

Ballot Measures Bring Good News for Florida's Environment

Voters showed up in droves at the ballot box to vote for environmental initiatives that will protect Florida's land and water for decades to come. Florida’s citizens realize that protecting special places takes effort and everyone has a part to play.  Local dollars leverage state funds and strengthen partnerships between counties, regions, and across Florida.

Click here to read about successes in Volusia County, Collier County, Manatee County, and Key Biscayne.


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