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1. It is a really nice day.
2. Grateful to be breathing.
3. Grateful for a someone to teach me how to do my taxes tomorrow.
4. Grateful I have had 4 interviews - I hope I get a job soon!
5. Grateful to be able to put food on the table.
6. Grateful for the practice of decluttering - I have begun De-cluttering for the next 30 days. I am take 45 items to Goodwill. I have actually written the items down and I will get a reciept for my taxes.
Added by Sharon G. Williams on April 6, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments
This is a wonderful story. Please take a walk with him in Glasglow, Scotland.
AWARE, Awakening White Allies to Racism Everywhere, will meet on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. in Room 13/15 of UUCA. All are invited to participate in a conversation that informs the work of creating an authentic multicultural congregation.
The topics for March include "trust" and also response to the wordle posted on the wall of UUCA's upstairs lobby that reflects the values expressed in our community's recent Appreciative Inquiry sessions. Copies of the…Continue
Be careful the wishes you make...Children will listen...
Careful the tale you tell..That is the spell...Children will Listen...
Wishing all you a wonderful 2013! May all of your dreams come true!
Added by Sharon G. Williams on January 5, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
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These are the top Ten achievements that happened on Election Day 2012...I will be adding more achievements as I find them in post-election analysis....
1. In Virginia, we made history by re-electing President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden and electing former Gov. Tim Kaine, who championed women's rights as economic and human rights. President Obama won 53% of the women's vote and Kaine maintained a steady advantage among women voters.
2. Americans proved…Continue
Awakening White Allies for Racial Equity began a book discussion on chapters 1-3 in Ronald Takaki's book - A Different Mirror a Multicultural History of America. We will be discussing the book at our monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month. We will not have a meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Members of the book will be blogging about their impressions of the book as we read it. We hope it will inspire you to read it and learn more about our…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on October 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Why was the one question on women's issues delivered by a Female Journalist and couched as a question of morality under a religious framing? Why does any religious institution have the right to decide for women the right to control their own bodies? I know people feel she did a good job keeping the male candidates on their toes. However, I don't see how the question on abortion was framed correctly.
"How does your faith shape your position on abortion?" Why is is this a…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on October 13, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments
This is an email my co-worker sent to our employer, Government Technology Business Services, Inc. We have not been paid a paycheck since July 15, 2012. There 5 families impacted by this non-payment of a check. Could you go without a paycheck for several months? Think about it. I am printing this email with permission from the writer Mary Brooks who is a co-worker with me at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Now, I know what it must be like for people in Buckingham to…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on August 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I mourn the loss of the trees at UUCA.
The parking lot is barren, naked and exposed with the changes happening out there.
I know this change was part of the plans the congregation made.
I know there is a reason for this change.
It still jars you into reality when you actually see it.
It reminds me of all of the trees in the world that cannot be replaced with the march of progress.
The world will now see the changes being brought about at…Continue
Do we know our neighbor?
I was saddened to hear of another shooting over the weekend in Milwaukee. I was particularly saddened that it happened at a religious institution. This time it was a gurdwara, a holy and scared gathering place of the Sikh religion. 7 people were killed including the person accused of the killing at this time. There are so many reasons for this type of violence and they are too numerous to name. It is too simplistic to name one of them as the…Continue
Did you know that this statement is banned from being taught in Arizona Schools? I just learned that this morning.
The Indigenous Women's Network
Our Future, Our Responsibility
Statement of Winona LaDuke
Co-Chair Indigenous Womens Network, Program Director of the Environmental Program at the Seventh Generation Fund, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, August 31 1995.
I am from the Mississippi Band of Anishinabeg of the…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on July 12, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments
Published on Sunday, July 1, 2012 by Color Lines
Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here
by Brentin Mock
LaVon Bracy, 63, understands the stakes in Florida’s current voting rights battle all too well. Her father, the Rev. Thomas Wright, is a civil rights luminary and former NAACP president who spent much of the 1960s fighting segregation, often under threat of death. When his chapter of the NAACP sued Alachua County Public Schools to desegregate, a teenage Bracy sacrificed…
Added by Sharon G. Williams on July 5, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments
Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Nobel Peace Prize After Two Decades [FULL TEXT OF SPEECH]
Full Text of Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Lecture.
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Dear Friends,
Long years ago, sometimes it seems many lives ago, I was at Oxford listening to the radio programme Desert Island Discs with my young son Alexander. It was a well-known programme (for all I know it still continues) on which…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on June 18, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments
My mom Ilse M. Williams passed away after a 7-month illness at Woodbine Rehabilitation Facility in Alexandria on Monday, January 9th at 11:09 am. Two birthdays fell on Monday, January 9th. My brother's step-daughter Megan turned 15 years old. My mom's brother Heinz Richnovsky turned 76 years old. I will be processing my mom's passing probably for the rest of my life. This has been a big transition for me and my brother. We loved our mom a great deal. There were lots of good times with…Continue
But, UUCA is a spiritual space not a fully democratic space. YET, It doesn’t have to be that way. In my opinion, I don’t see UUCA as a truly democratic space if we don’t throw open our doors to the community with the addition of the 2 story Celebration Center. Young people are occupying Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square because they don’t feel they have a voice. No one is listening to them and voting just isn’t enough anymore. Our laws enforce and reinforce our lack of democratic…Continue
The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized. This is poetry as illumination,…Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on January 15, 2011 at 8:07am — No Comments