FW: [Just Acts] "Don't Sleep through the Revolution"
From: MADELINE SIMON (madeline-mplsmsn.com)
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:41:09 -0800 (PST)
>From UUA Social Justice (includes Climate Justice, Commit2Respond):1966 Ware 
>Lecture: Don't Sleep Through the Revolution, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly

Hollywood, Florida

May 18, 1966


Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:23:03 -0500
From: socialjustice [at] uua.org
To: madeline-mpls [at] msn.com
Subject: [Just Acts] "Don't Sleep through the Revolution"



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            January 2015: "Don't Sleep through the Revolution"
                                 Dear Madeline,
            In 1966 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a frank and powerful 
message for Unitarian Universalists: “Don’t sleep through the revolution.”

            “The idea whose time has come today is the idea of freedom and 
human dignity, and so all over the world we see something of freedom explosion, 
and this reveals to us that we are in the midst of revolutionary times. An 
older order is passing away and a new order is coming into being. … The role of 
the church [is] to broaden horizons, to challenge the status quo, and to 
question and break mores. … The church has a major role to play in this period 
of social change … [it must] remain awake through this revolution.”
            As 2015 begins we find ourselves in an emerging revolutionary time.

            The ever-growing Black Lives Matter movement will be taking bold 
action on this Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday to #ReclaimMLK. 

            Immigrant justice activists are building on the victory of 
President Obama stopping deportations for millions and looking ahead to 
creating more immigrant-friendly policies in local communities and states in 
2015. (See Interfaith Immigration Coalition webinar.) 

            The Moral Mondays movement is spreading across the South and will 
be holding another Mass Moral March on February 14.

            Climate activists are building an intersectional movement for 
justice, grounded in the injustices faced by poor and working class people, 
Native peoples and other people of color, and peoples of the global South—and 
UUs are a part of it.   

            And around the country, all eyes are on Selma—from viewing and 
discussing the movie to turning out for a multifaith conference in Birmingham, 
to crossing the Edmund Pettis Bridge for the 50th anniversary commemoration, to 
celebrating Selma Sunday on March 8 in congregations across the nation.

            King’s words so aptly characterize our situation today. We must 
remain awake together this coming year and bring our theology, our 
spirituality, our people, and our resources to Stand on the Side of Love in 
each one of our communities and be part of transforming our world.

            How are you and your congregation staying awake? This past Saturday 
UU Justice Ohio clergy and members, joined by Moderator Jim Key, took part in 
“Columbus Prays,” an interfaith prayer walk against systemic injustice. Let’s 
gain strength in the knowledge that we are in this together, each one of us 
working to collectively bend the arc of the universe toward justice.

            Lastly, if your congregation has developed a great justice 
ministry, please apply for the UUA Bennett Award for Social Justice. 
Nominations are due March 16.

                         In faith,

            Alex, Annette, Audra, Janice, Jennifer, Jessica, Lesley, Nora, 
Susan, and Taquiena 

            Multicultural Growth & Witness staff


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