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More News: Compassion, Joys and Justice

More News for July 10, 2020

Your Gifts

Your Gifts Support Our Many Ministries

Especially these days, we are grateful for your continued generosity. Here how to give:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $50). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate

Our Compassionate Community 

Tough Times?

If you have a short-term financial need, our Minister’s Discretionary Fund can consider a modest gift to help you, in a confidential manner.  Contact Rev. Sam at revsam40@gmail.com.

Your Care Teams

Lay Pastoral Associates provide buddy relationships of deep listening and care to be a companion with you through difficult times. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.  The Caring Circle offers practical help with rides to medical appointments, help with meals, pet care, etc. Dayle Steakley is the July contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Hurricane Season is here. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please send an email to joysandconcerns@orlandouu.org

We affirm that the peaceful protests and all the witness against racism and white supremacy in our nation now is an opening for the possibility for reform and restructuring following the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

During this Pride month, we are joyful about the Supreme Court decision that advanced employment rights for LGBTQ Americans.

We continue to remember those suffering from Covid-19.

But Wait, There’s More!

Want to Support Frontline Social Justice Leaders?

Some trusted leaders and friends of mine are connecting Black, Indigenous and People of Color organizers to money and vacation homes this summer. If you have a vacation home, car, camping gear, and/or extra funds available, pledge here: bit.ly/vacation-offering. To nominate a person or organization that could benefit from access to these things, see bit.ly/mutual-aid-vacay. Matchmaking began July 1 so please fill out and share now. Sustainability in social movements requires rest, time for spiritual practice, arts and processing, and sharing of resources. If you’re not sure what your role is right now, maybe it’s this!

—Rev. Kierstin

Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?

We are seeking volunteers to fill roles for the upcoming elections on November 3. Once again we are joining the Supervisor of Elections Office Adopt-A-Precinct Program to serve our community and raise funds for the church. To volunteer on election day, you must be registered to vote in Orange County, FL, attend a training class, and be at your assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. If interested, email Gaby at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Vote From Home! 

If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.

Curious about UU Wellspring?

Watch this video from 1U members and others about UU Wellspring, a year-long spiritual deepening program beginning in August. Online retreat is required on August 8 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up for the Tuesday afternoon 2:00-4:00 p.m. group or the Thursday evening group 8:00-10:00 p.m. group. Tuesday is led by John Hartgering and Beverly Alig; Thursday is led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. Contact Linnea Nelson with questions or Gaby to sign up. Spaces are still available in both sessions and we hope to finalize groups this month.

Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank

Are you available to help volunteer packing and sorting at Second Harvest Food Bank Sat. Aug 1 from 1-4 pm? If you are, please register at http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com. A short training will be provided.  Masks must be worn as well as closed toed shoes.

Share-the-Plate Schedule 

Thank you to everyone who donated to our three month long fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank! We raised a total of $20,130.02 exceeding our $20,000.00 goal! Thank you so much to everyone for your patience as we altered our original Share the Plate schedule to accommodate the changing landscape amidst Covid-19. We will be resuming the original schedule with Bridge the Gap Coalition in July, LGBTQ History Month in August, and the Adult Literacy League in September. We are also calling for nominations for the upcoming year 2020-2021. Have an organization you’d like to nominate? Fill out the form HERE.

Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners

1U partners with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to access affordable solar photovoltaic arrays for their homes. Orlando Solar Co-op 2020 is now open to all homeowners throughout Orange County. Since 2015, when 1U helped to launch the first solar co-ops in Florida, more than 20 1U families (1,600 families statewide) have installed solar on their homes through the co-ops. For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. Contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.

Sharing news by text, blog, facebook?  Add one more share:

Many of you are signed up for the 1U googlegroup and if you are, consider sharing justice information, meetings on line,  links of importance –by sending an email to 1UJustice@googlegroups.com. Not signed up?  Email Social Justice: socialjustice@orlandouu.org to sign up for the 1Ujustice googlegroups email list. We only need your first name and your email address.