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Welcoming immigrants and refugees:  A matter of equity and compassion

We have managed to effect a stay of execution for President Trump’s executive order for a de facto Muslim ban and the suspension of the US refugee resettlement program. Our congresspeople need to stay vigilant to overturn the order not only in the courts but in the legislature. This executive order continues to violate our core values of religious freedom, protection of the vulnerable, and welcome to all. It is a stain on our nation’s conscience, and our elected officials must do all they can to see effective legislation enacted. Send a message to your member of Congress advocating legislation protecting refugees and immigrants. TAKE ACTION HERE!

Affirming the right of conscience:  Abortion rights

UUs have long affirmed the right of conscience in making choices about the morally complex issue of abortion. A bill now before the Illinois House (HB40) would eliminate a trigger provision that would make abortion illegal if the US Supreme Court modifies or overturns Roe v Wade.

Click here to contact your state Rep to preserve the right of conscience with regard to abortion despite any future Supreme Court decisions.

Connecting for the Long Haul: The Interdependent Web and the Democratic Process

This week, try reaching out and connecting in one of the following ways:
Have a conversation with someone in your congregation about ways you can support each other in doing this work over the long haul.
Set up a meeting with someone from a local advocacy organization that your congregation is connected to.
Connect with one of the dozens of “Indivisible” groups or Women’s March “huddles” that have sprung up around Illinois.
Find out when your Congressional Rep is having a town hall and go with a group from your congregation.
See this article from The Nation for other ways to get involved, including strategies for “red,” “blue” and “swing” districts. To be clear, this is not just about partisan politics, but about advocating for our values in the face of an administration which is expressing values and pursuing policies contrary to every one of our UU Principles.

 A Responsible State Budget: A Matter of Equity and Compassion

Illinois’ budget crisis continues, affecting those most vulnerable among us most severely.  Movement toward a budget has begun, but our elected officials need to hear from their constituents to make the difficult choices required to resolve this crisis. Now is a critical time for our elected leaders to hear from their constituents that Illinois needs a full year, fully funded budget supported by adequate revenue.

  • Please call (see below) or click here to urge your elected state officials to pass a responsible, full year, fully funded budget NOW.



Saturday, April 22, 9am-1pm: UU Prison Ministry of IL Radical Hospitality workshop on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave).

Saturday, April 22, 4pm: Earth Day March for Science and Climate in  Bloomington, Carbondale, Champaign, Charleston, Chicago, Palatine, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, St. Louis and DC.

Sunday, April 23, 11:30am: Journeys to Justice workshop on ways to get involved in UUANI and at UU Bloomington-Normal (1613 E. Emerson).

Sunday, April 23, 6:00 pm (Central): “Whose Faith Is It Anyway? Confronting White Supremacy in Faith Institutions” multi-faith panel hosted by Black Lives of UU event (online). RSVP at http://bit.ly/RSVPBLUUWhoseFaith.

Tuesday, April 25, 12 noon: Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and a responsible budget for all at the State Capitol.

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm (Central): Black Lives of UU Q&A Webinar for the UU White Supremacy Teach-In. Webinar login will be available April 24. Send questions to uteachin@gmail.com.

 Friday, April 28, 1-5pm: UUANI Organizing for Justice workshop, featuring UU College for Social Justice director Kathleen McTigue on framing our work in the language of our values, and UUANI director Scott Aaseng leading a strategy session for the year ahead; at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale before the start of MidAmerica Regional Assembly in Oak Brook. Register HERE.

Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate Movement March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in DC, Chicago, Champaign/Urbana, Carbondale, Galesburg, Quad Cities, St. Louis and elsewhere.

Sunday, April 30, 12:30 pm: Communities Against Islamophobia: Training for Allies at Second Unitarian in Chicago (656 W. Barry).

Sunday, April 30: UU White Supremacy Teach-In at hundreds of UU congregations across the country.

Monday, May 1, 1:00pm: Rise Up! National Day of Action & Resistance at Union Park in Chicago (Ashland & Lake).

Sunday, May 7: UU White Supremacy Teach-In at hundreds of UU congregations across the country.

Sunday, May 7, 12:30 pm: “A Day at Stateville theatrical performance at Countryside UU in Palatine (1025 N. Smith St).

Tuesday, May 9: Community Renewal Society Day of Faith in Action at the State Capitol in Springfield.

Saturday, May 13, 9am-noon: UUANI “Re-Visioning Our Work for Justice” workshop at the Unitarian Church of Quincy (1479 Hampshire).

Saturday, May 13, 9am-5pm: “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy” based on Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects, at Countryside UU in Palatine (1025 N. Smith St). Registration required.