Our theme for the month of November is “Roll Down, Justice!” The series is inspired by the Hebrew Prophet Amos, whose message calls us to let “justice roll down like waters.”
So, what does justice look like to you? The dictionary speaks of “justice” as “just behavior or treatment”, and goes on to define “just” as “lawful or fair”. So justice might be defined as “lawful or fair behavior”. But we all know that sometimes “lawful” does not equal “fair”. There are, in fact, many instances when lawful things CERTAINLY are not fair and, of course, the opposite is also true- there are times when that which is fair may not, in fact, be lawful.
I think it will be a worthy and fascinating conversation as we look at how our UU Principles speak to justice in the world, and the many ways that is put in very real practice.
We’ll kick off this “Justice Month” on November 5, which we’ve designated as our UN Sunday. The day’s theme is “Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace”, and Vicki Demos, our local representative to the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, will look at some aspects of how the UN is working for justice in the world.
On November 12, our theme will be “I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness”. Our special musical guests for the day will be will be Angela Blueskies and her partner Helene Garrovillo. Angela and Helene will be exploring “Pilgrimages throughout the world- how they all lead to love and forgiveness”. You won’t want to miss this very special presentation by these talented musicians!
Our November 19 theme is “You Will Be Called “Mender of Broken Walls, Restorer of Livable Streets”. Elizabeth Dale, UUFS’s ambassador to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, will help us kick off our annual “Guest at Your Table Campaign”. She’ll be bringing us up to date on all the good work the UUSC is doing to “mend broken walls and restore livable streets” and to relieve suffering in the world.
Then, on November 26, we’ll round out the month with “We Would Be One”. This Sunday we’ll take a look inward and consider some of the ways we, both as individuals and as a UUFS community, are working for justice on a local level.
Unlike other years when we’ve had an abbreviated service, this will be a fully rounded-out service, with our choir singing, sorrows and celebrations, and all the other elements we expect from our Sunday mornings together.
But don’t forget- It’s also the date of our annual “Count Your Blessings” potluck lunch. We all do love a potluck (I know you do!)- so bring your favorite dish to share and come help us count our blessings!
November looks to be a wonderful, “justice filled” month- I hope you’ll join us!
I also wanted to remind you that, as of Nov 5, we will no longer have verbal announcements during the service. There will, of course, still be announcements in our orders of service, the Wednesday announcements, and our Uutopia. A couple of other sources of information, in case you didn’t realize it, are the UUFS website (UUFS.net) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UUFSalisbury) There will also be an easel set up in the social room for any last minute announcements.
Wishing you peace and blessings,