The challenge to strengthening an existing community is there are numerous reasons why this never works. We know these people! They are not always open-minded. Often, they are not even kind! I will share a little about how I have ended up working on progressive causes with mainly self-identified conservative people, along with two of my favorite rules to live by: 1. Don’t Panic 2. The first principle is always, ALWAYS true. ___________________________________________________________
Sunday, July 28, 2019 ~ 10 a.m.
More Than Hungry: Nutrition as a Social Justice Issue
It is a well-established fact that food insecurity and hunger affect approximately 20% of children in this country. But it is less understood how diet quality and access to good nutrition are related to social factors such as race, income, and the neighborhood in which we live. We will explore how decades of systemic racism and classism have resulted in environmental changes such as neighborhood safety, low access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and poor social connectedness and how these factors are predictive of diet quality and child health. We will discuss how the well-intentioned but misunderstood difference between hunger and nutrition are contributing to a cycle of poor health in low SES communities and steps that we can take to improve these outcomes.
In a society that is geared toward finding answers and solutions to all of the myriad problems of mankind, we can sometimes forget the beauty in holding space for the questions in our lives to emerge and unfold and that there may be innate beauty in the power of simply asking a question. We can also forget that although as humans we have different answers about how we should fix what ails us, deep down inside, we most likely wrestle with the same deep universal questions. This sermon will explore what it may look like to form community around questions instead of answers and what may it look like to hold space for others in their deep questioning without trying to fix or advise them.
Are the privilege and opportunity that are so much a part of people’s perception of what this country offers its undoing? Where do religion and faith fall in helping us to understand the growing chasm between the “haves” and “have-nots” and what are we called to do as people who identify with the liberal religious tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
Join us for our next Sunday service:
Sunday, July 21, 2019 ~ 10 a.m. Beginning Where We Are Sky Stewart