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REMINDER:  MUUSAN Network Meeting

Saturday, July 9, 10:00-12:00


UU Community Church of Augusta 

 
Fantastic opportunity to learn about November's Question 5, RANKED CHOICE VOTING, from campaign manager Kyle Bailey.  Don't miss it!

We hope to mobilize all Maine UU congregations to assist with education and support for Ranked Choice Voting to assure our public officials are elected by a majority.

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GREAT MUUSAN MOMENTS IN JUNE!

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PRIDE Portland! Parade - June 18, 2016


Over 75 UUs from at least six Maine congregations marched behind the MUUSAN banner in celebration of the LGBT community in the week after the Orlando tragedy.

                Ready to march!

         In Deering Oaks, after the parade

What a joyful public witness for love, compassion and equality! 
Thank you, UUs!
 

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2016 UUA General Assembly, Columbus, Ohio


Pre-General Assembly -- the 2nd Annual CUUSAN Conference

On June 22, 2016, five Maine Unitarian Universalists joined UUs from State Action Networks around the country for the 2nd Annual Conference of CUUSAN, the Coalition of State Action Networks.

CUUSAN serves as
a central meeting place for existing UU State Action Networks (SANs) and newly forming SANs seeking to support SAN efforts in upholding UU Principles through social action.

MUUSAN Co-Chairs Trudy Ferland (First Universalist Pittsfield) and Julia Fitz-Randolph (Midcoast UU Fellowship) attended, joined by Steering Committee member Kent Price and Colin Powell of the UU Congregation of Castine, and Administrative Coordinator Betsy Parsons of Allen Avenue UU (Portland).

We enjoyed opportunities to network with SANs from other states, learn about their priorities and organizational structures, and get ideas for strengthening MUUSAN.  We were also inspired by keynote speaker Rev. Kathleen McTeague of the UU College of Social Justice.  A great day!


Rev. Margaret Beckman and Trudy Ferland of MUUSAN with our banner at GA
 

General Assembly highlights, June 22-26

Theme: "Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect."  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (President, North Carolina NAACP, architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina) and many others led a major strand called "Building a Transformative Movement for Racial Justice" and exploration of how UUs can effectively contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.

GA offered the usual astonishing array of worship services, business meetings for delegates, workshops and panels, the Ware Lecture by Krista Tippett of National Public Radio's "On Being," and resources in the Exhibit Hall.  Picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church, we sent out "angels" wearing wings sent from Orlando to stand on the side of love by surrounding and blocking their hateful signs.

"The Corruption of Our Democracy" was chosen as the upcoming Congregational Study/Action Issue.  This is already a top priority for MUUSAN with our Democracy in Action Issue Group, and our work will be strengthened by this national priority.

Rev. Margaret Beckman of the MUUSAN Steering Committee attended the UU clergy strand, and many other leaders and representatives of Maine congregations attended GA.

Many GA events can be viewed here.

UU World article of interest, including summary of GA business matters here.
 

 The Banner Parade at General Assembly 2016

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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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