Registration is now open for Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida Legislative Days January 27-28, 2020.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
2810 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee
UUJF invites all UUs and friends to participate in this important annual event.
Click here for event information and registration.
Visit the Resources and Strategy section on the UUJF Legislative Advocacy page for suggestions on making appointments for pre-session meetings with your legislators. There you will find the UUJF Legislative Agenda for 2020 along with updated listings of newly filed House and Senate bills for the upcoming session along with their committee referrals. The biggest barrier to passage of bills we support is reluctance and resistance to placing these bills on committee agendas. That is where our combined voices can make a big impact.
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Climate Resiliency encourages better planning that results in less damage along with faster and better rebuilding of post-disaster housing. service buildings and local economies.
Hurricane Michael made landfall at 2 pm EDT on October 10, 2018 in Bay County, FL with top sustained winds of 155 mph; altering the lives of families profoundly to this day. One of the greatest challenges has been housing. Thousands of families have been displaced from their homes, leaving climate-induced trauma to children.
The Bay District School System has been reporting on this trauma and advocating for resources and support for its students. Five months after the hurricane, critical issues that still remain are homelessness and the mental health struggles of Bay County Schools.
As school began this fall and almost a year after Hurricane Michael, the effects of the storm continue to linger. Families are still living in temporary or sub-standard housing, including: RVs, tents, sheds, cars, substandard trailers or houses, living with friends or families, FEMA trailers, hotels, motels, and weekly rentals with no lease.
Florida needs to learn from the more recent disasters. Florida needs to assist in the rebuilding of lives.
UUJF supported this rebuilding effort by sponsoring the Faithify Campaign - Youth Captures Our Life after Hurricane Michael. This youth led PhotoVoice Project was funded by a Faithify fundraiser which reached its $2500 goal. All donor contributions are greatly appreciated.
Students will use cameras and story-telling to help heal and become stronger by sharing the challenges of a post Hurricane life. Students and their display will travel the state.
Southeast Florida Cluster Annual Meeting
Engaging All Ages: Faith Formation, Social Justice, and Outreach
Saturday, October 12, 9:30 am - 3:45 pm
River of Grass UU Congregation
1420 SE 13 Street, Ft. Lauderdale
The Southeast Florida Cluster invites you to its dynamic, interactive fall Annual Meeting. Join UU friends from congregations across SE Florida to network, make new friends, and discover new ideas and share ideas.
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray welcomes us with a special video address. Next, will be keynote speaker, Kimberly Sweeney, author of “The Death of Sunday School and the Future of Faith Formation”. Ms. Sweeney will offer a wealth of innovative ideas and with engagement as our topical umbrella for the day. After lunch, we’ll explore new ways of “Engaging All Ages” to bring new vitality our congregations.
Afternoon workshops offered are:
Deeper Look at Faith Development Restructuring
Updating the Welcoming Congregation
Social Action Roundtable
Breakfast and lunch are included. Click here for program and registration information.
UUMFE Conference Report
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth was busy before the Sept. 20 Climate Strike in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Click here for for coverage by Aly Tharp, Program Director of the UU Ministry, for the Sept. 15-17th conference — Advancing Economic and Climate Justice as a Moral Issue, Building a Movement for a Green New Deal, co-hosted by UUMFE, UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ), UUs for Just Economic Community (UUJEC), All Souls Church – Unitarian, UU Service Committee (UUSC), & Side With Love (UUA).
Click here for UU World coverage of the youth-led Global Climate Strike on September 20.
Reporting from Lake Eola in Orlando:
UU Climate Strike supporters: Tri-County Unitarian Universalists, Inc. In Summerfield came with their Intern Minister, Joe Donatone, to Climate Strike, Rev. Tracie Barrett from UU Congregation of Lake County Struck for Climate with members and First Unitarian Church of Orlando and University UU Fellowship of Orlando members. Four congregations representing central Florida came together at Orlando City Hall and marched through the downtown to Lake Eola Park. Other Florida cities STRUCK for CLIMATE.
Send stories and photos of Climate Strike actions and other justice initiatives in your communities for the November newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20.
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