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MUUSAN Spring Conference & Annual Meeting

UU Community Church of Augusta, 69 Winthrop St., Augusta 04330

ORGANIZING FOR STRENGTH AND ACTION

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 Registration; 10:00-2:00 Worship, Keynote, Lunch, Meeting, Connecting

 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

REV. PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Senior Program Leader for Justice Building


"Stepping into the Whirlwind"

        

Rev. Paul Langston-Daley identifies, recruits, and engages congregations and other groups to deepen their justice and human rights work and involvement with UUSC in a variety of ways. As UUSC’s senior program leader for justice building, Langston-Daley grows the capacity of UU congregations to pursue sustained, systemic social change work.

Prior to working at UUSC, Langston-Daley served a number of UU congregations, large and small, in five states. He has been involved in community organizing for more than 15 years with the Industrial Area Foundation and PICO National Network. He also served on the steering committee to found Communities Organized for Relational Power and Action in Santa Cruz, Calif.  

Ordained in 1997, Langston-Daley is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and the International Institute for Restorative Practices. He is passionate about social justice and human rights, and he has been involved in LGBT rights, reproductive rights, immigration issues, restorative justice projects, and Black Lives Matter. 

  MECK GROOT, UUA-New England Region Operations Director and Justice Ministries Lead

Meck Groot has worked for many years at the intersection of faith and social change. As Justice Ministries Lead for the region, she inspires, supports and equips congregational leaders to engage in vital justice ministries in their congregations.

Meck has served as staff at Mass Bay and Clara Barton Districts and acted as Co-Director for the Women’s Theological Center. At the Episcopal Divinity School she earned a Master’s in Theology concentrating on feminist liberation theology and ethics. She currently serves as a member of the board of Community Change, a Boston-based organization working for racial justice.

One of her favorite quotes is from Dr. King, “Love is the willingness to go to any length to restore community.” She and other regional colleagues maintain Be the Love, a website and blog to inspire living and building Beloved Community.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
9:30 - Registration (munchkins & homemade biscotti!)
10:00 - Welcome
10:15 - Worship
10:30 - About MUUSAN
11:00 - Keynote Address:  Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, "Stepping into the Whirlwind"
12:00 - Meet Meck Groot, UUA-New England Region Program Specialist for Justice Ministries
12:15 - Lunch (provided by the MUUSAN Steering Committee —soups, salad, bread, fruit, brownies)
12:45 - Annual Meeting
1:00 - Congregational Connections
1:55 - Closing words

ALL FREE but please RSVP to admin@muusan.org (not required but would help us in planning).  Questions?  Call Betsy at 775-0173.

 
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF RENEWAL AND INSPIRATION!

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March with MUUSAN in PRIDE PORTLAND!

Saturday, June 18, 2016


11:00   Usual check-in time for marchers at an assigned location near Monument Square
12:00   Parade starts in Monument Square, ends in Deering Oaks where the PRIDE Festival runs 1:00-5:00.

March with us as individuals, or join us with your UU church banner.  MUUSAN will register and cover the fee.  PRIDE is a fully-inclusive intergenerational event.

 
A joyful way to do a public witness for our UU First Principle!

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WELCOME to all our MUUSAN newcomers!

 

  

MUUSAN has been rapidly expanding our mailing list to Maine Unitarian Universalists and others who share our values in the public arena.  We hope you will enjoy all the opportunities that our newsletter, website and active Facebook Page provide for social justice actions in Maine, especially on our three primary issues:  1)  democracy in action, 2) health care for all, and 3) climate change.

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MUUSAN Visits UU Congregations –
How about Yours?

 
MUUSAN leads services for UU congregations to explain the spiritual foundation of MUUSAN’s mission as a legislative ministry.  Our visits develop support for this 26-congregation network which magnifies voices for UU values in our state capital by banding together for social justice actions.  Please invite us.  We are so much stronger together!
May 29 - UU Church of Saco and Biddeford

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