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Resistance & Resilience Vol 1.13

Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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This weekend in congregations throughout the world, including most of ours, stories of resistance, resilience, death and resurrection will be told once again.  May we be challenged to find new meaning in these stories and remember how they have inspired hope and transformation through good times and bad for over 2000 years.  This week's reflection comes from our UUMA President the Rev. Cheryl M. Walker.

Don & Melissa


Resistance and Resilience

A few years ago I went on vacation to Washington DC. Some of my friends asked why was I going since I had been there many times before. I answered that while I had been there many times, each time I was there I was carrying a sign. I just wanted to see something other than the same old protest route.

I have marched in Washington against racism, for women's rights and women's rights to choose, for the environment, for LGBTQ rights and other justice making causes. I still remember the first March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (back then we didn't include Transgender, Bisexual, Queer people - we had things to learn). Today same-sex couples have the right to marry. We've made progress, yet we still do not have basic civil rights for LGBTQ people in over half of our states. We worked, we marched and we won some victories, but we are not finished.

None of the justice making work I am working for is done. I doubt if I'll live long enough to see any of it finished and that's okay, I'm in it for the long haul. I just know that sometimes you need to go on vacation and see the nation's capital as a citizen and tourist.  You just need to put down your sign and enjoy the sights if only for a weekend. And then pick it up again and start working and marching. Because the work is not done. 

- Rev. Cheryl M. Walker 


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Do you have something to say to your colleagues about resistance and resilience? We are inviting your pastoral and/or prophetic reflections, poems, stories, meditations, etc. for possible inclusion in this weekly electronic publication.Submissions need not need be tied to current events, though timely messages are welcome and should be noted as such.Submissions should be no more than 250 words.We will make selections among submissions and will edit as needed. Submissions should be sent to

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