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Intergenerational Spring Seminar: Demilitarization & Abolition: Resist Policing and Empire LoveResists Training April 1, 2023 9:00 AM - April 3, 2023 12:00 PM ET this year’s UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar has the theme of “Demilitarization & Abolition: Resist Policing and Empire,” and takes place both in-person in Minneapolis and online April 1-3. As an intergenerational event, Youth are especially encouraged to attend! Militarized policing is a dire problem both in the U.S. and globally, and this year’s Seminar aims to help us increase our understanding of abolition and equip ourselves with skills to take action. Our keynote will be given by Andrea Ritchie, co-author of No More Police, and other programming will offer a mix of workshops, worship, and debrief. In-person registration closes March 15. Find more information and register at!

Fighting White Supremacy UpliftCongTraining April 1, 2023 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET Join us for a workshop to help faith communities respond to white supremacy efforts in our area. The workshop is free; lunch provided, but donations will be accepted. It will be held at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Avenue, E Greenwich. For more information, call the church office at 401-884-5033

UU@UN Multigenerational Spring Seminar UU Partner Action April 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM CT "Demilitarization & Abolition: Resist Policing and Empire." Join us in-person in Minneapolis or online, April 1-3, hosted by The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations, UU College of Social Justice, and UU Service Committee, and area congregations.

Green Sanctuary Orientation Climate Action April 5, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET Interested in the Green Sanctuary Process? Join this orientation to get a better understanding of the program and learn how your congregation can engage in ongoing climate action. Orientation meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-8PM Eastern Time.

Changing Narratives about Growing Food ClimatePartnerAction April 13, 2023 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET The soil that we need to grow food and fiber is in more danger than people realize! The steady degradation of soil worldwide is almost invisible because of widespread practices of tillage that we now understand makes the life of the microbes that support plants very miserable. Who knew? Fortunately renewal and resilience is possible, necessary, and urgently needed. This discussion will focus on action steps everyone can take immediately to work the levers of change. Register on Zoom Watch on Facebook

Reproductive Justice Organizing Check-in for Teams ReproJusticeTraining April 13, 2023 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET Attendees of the January/February Reproductive Justice Organziing Training Series for Congregational Teams are invited to join this space for additional conversation and support. We will take time reviewing in-process or completed team goals worksheets from the final session of the series, as well as collectively explore any questions/concerns teams have about developing their organizing plans.

Green Sanctuary 2030 April Gathering: Solar 101 + IRA Funds Climate Action April 19, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET Michael Cohen, Solar United Neighbors, will give a quick primer on Solar for congregations and share a little about the process the First Unitarian Church of Orlando is going through to consider installing solar with IRA funds. Join the Green Sanctuary Team meetings for shared learning and mutual support with other UUs working on congregational transformation through climate justice on the third Wednesday of the month at 7PM ET. Each meeting includes a short presentation on a climate justice topic, followed by open discussion on pressing needs.

Skill Up: Facing the Apocalypse With a Smile Skill Up & Trainings April 23, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET Led by Rachel Myslivy, Side with Love Climate Justice Organizer   Everywhere you look the world is on fire! Sometimes you just want to scream at the top of your lungs, “Everything is bad! Do something! AAUGH!!!!” That urgency is real, and also maybe not the best way to communicate about the issues - or to take care of yourself! Come together to learn some ways to manage yourself and engage others as you effectively advocate for justice and work for a thriving world for all. Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to be lifelong learners, and organizing traditions teach that we need to share what we know for our movements to grow. Our Squad Skill Ups are a monthly series of trainings on organizing skills to help build our UUtheVote and Side with Love Volunteer Squads and help YOU build stronger teams in your congregation and community. Skill Ups occur the 3rd Sunday of most months.

Faithful Grounding Spiritual Grounding April 27, 2023 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET Join our Side with Love Fun & Spiritual Nourishment Squad for an hour of spiritual sustenance and grounding with others organizing on the side of love. Come drink in the music, meditation, play, and prayer. We end with a Connection Cafe for those who wish to talk together. Show up as you are, whatever is in your heart, and with your camera on or off as you need. This gathering happens monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:30 PT, 5:30 MT, 6:30 CT, 7:30 ET

Reducing Multigenerational Poverty Through Sentencing Reform LR Partner Training April 27, 2023 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET The relationship between incarceration and poverty is circular, cyclical, and symbiotic – poverty is a cause of incarceration, and incarceration causes poverty. Shortly after culture shifting civil rights victories in the 1960’s, states began enacting draconian sentencing laws that required judges to sentence children and adults to longer periods of incarceration. This coincided with policies that divested money and public resources from the same communities that were the targets are criminalization. For the past half century, these harsh sentencing laws have been the primary driver of mass incarceration. As a result, generations of families with criminal legal system involvement have been damned to multigenerational poverty. This is most profound in low-income communities, particularly low-income Black and brown communities. Jared will discuss how sentencing laws operate, how so-called tough on crime sentencing paradigms are counter productive to community safety, and how sentencing s

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