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MUUSAN Summer

      "Justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public" -

Michael Eric Dyson
 
Nine UU congregations were represented at
the July 11th MUUSAN meeting. Peter Lehman from the First Universalist Church in Rockland and Kent Price of the UU Congregation in Castine reported on General Assembly 2015.
 
Kent and Peter attended the Coalition of Unitarian Universalist State Action Networks (CUUSAN) meeting and workshop. People from 23 state action networks came together to focus on building partnerships, both within Unitarian Universalism and with the wider society. 
 
Kent reported on enhancing our connections with individuals, congregations and the community via the Internet and social media. If you haven’t had a chance to check out CUUSAN’s new website, you’ll find it here.
 
Climate Action: 
A letter signed by MUUSAN members was sent to President Obama with concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential adverse impact on the environment.  
 
Climate Action Chair, Melanie Lanctot summarized the status of environment-related bills that were before the legislature. Developing a solar policy for Maine remains a priority that MUUSAN will continue to track.
 
Visit the UUA’s Commit2Respond to discover a coalition of Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience working for climate justice.
 
Dale McCormick is now part of a newly formed Maine group, the Climate Table.
MUUSAN is the first faith group to be involved.
 
Restoring/Strengthening Democracy: 
Our Fifth Principle calls on UUs to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  To strengthen the democratic process, MUUSAN supports the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and Ranked Choice Voting. 
 
The Clean Election Initiative will be on the ballot this November and Ranked Choice Voting Initiative has gathered the necessary signatures to appear on the 2016 ballot. MUUSAN can help you bring speakers for either of these topics to your congregation.  Email MUUSAN@augustauu.org
 
MUUSAN members are encouraged to attend Mainers for Accountable Elections kick-off rally on July 28th at 12:15 at the State House in Augusta. 
 
Healthcare: 
Maine All-Care has presented a well received program at a number of congregations to promote single-payer healthcare.  Contact MUUSAN at MUUSAN@augustauu.org if your congregation is interested in hosting this empowering and important program.
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare.  Mary Ann Larson will participate in a rally on the 30th of July, sponsored by the Southern Maine Worker’s Center, to make a statement in support from the faith-based perspective.
 
MUUSAN:
Stephanie Ralph is working on a grid for MUUSAN to make it easier to track bills as they work their way through the legislative process.   This should be ready for the next legislative session.
 
Mary Ann Larson and Lynn Ellis will be representing MUUSAN at the Brunswick Peace Fair on August 1st. 

Opening in your worship calendar?  Contact MUUSAN@augustauu.org if you would like a MUUSAN steering committee member speak to  your congregation.
 
Next MUUSAN meeting, focusing on Restoring Democracy, will be held on September 12th.  See you there!  Enjoy this beautiful Maine Summer!
            
 
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