New Jersey Comes Together for Marriage Equality – Training on June 26, Rally on June 27

The Supreme Court just struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and upheld the lower court ruling against proposition 8 (on a technicality, but still good for CA).  New Jersey still has it’s work to do, but this certainly helps.

Two important notices:

  • Come to Trenton at 11:30am on Thursday, June 27 for a rally on the capital steps.  We need LOTS of bodies.  There are times to take off work for a cause, and this is one of them. We need to ...
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UULMNJ Joins ACLU as Plantiff in Church/State Separation Suit

After careful consideration, the UULMNJ board has decided to be a plaintiff in a church/state separation case against the Secretary of Higher Education and the State Treasurer of New Jersey.  The suit was filed on Monday, June 24th.   Other plaintiffs are the ACLU and a private citizen.

ACLU news release

UUA resolution concerning public education, religious liberty, and the separation of church and state.

Our UULMNJ position is as follows:

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ) represents Unitarian Universalist congregations ...

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Summer – Time Needed for Rest and Reflection

First, I would like to dedicate the work we do to the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.  Sen. Lautenberg was a New Jersey son from humble beginnings who understood what it meant to govern.  He understood the responsibilities of a government responsive to the pressing needs of its people and dedicated his life to addressing those needs.  He set an exemplary model for every senator who will follow him.  His presence in New Jersey will be missed, but as we continue to ...

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UULMNJ Annual Meeting – New Board Members Elected

New Board Members Elected at UULMNJ Annual Meeting

About 70 UUs gathered in Titusville at the UU Church at Washington Crossing to carry out the business of the UULMNJ and the UULMNJ Public Policy Network.  New board members were elected, the 2013 – 2014 budget was adopted, and the past year’s highlights and accomplishments were reviewed.  Annual reports from Rev. Craig and the task forces, as well as other materials included in the participants’ packets, are posted on the UULMNJ website.

Rev. ...

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UUCWC: Half the Sky – June 25

The UU Church at Washington Crossing is screening a 45-minute version of the Half the Sky PBS series (www.pbs.org/independentlens/half-the-sky/), inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on June 25 at 7:00pm.

Half the Sky touches on different issues women face globally including death related to pregnancy, human trafficking, limited access to education, domestic abuse, and lack of financial opportunity in six locations around the world.

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Ridgewood: Sistersong Coming on Nov. 2 and 3

On November 2 and 3, SisterSong (www.sistersong.net), a women of color cooperative and the group that coined the term reproductive justice, will be leading a training session at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood focused on educating participants on reproductive justice. Their goal is to welcome local groups and congregations interested in the RJ movement with the hopes that they will spread their knowledge to the public and support RJ programs in their regions.

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UULMNJ Hires New Administrator

UULMNJ bid farewell to our first administrator, Leanne McGowan, at the end of April, following her decision to pursue other interests.

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of our new administrator Tara Wildhagen.  We received applications from several well-qualified individuals, but Tara’s technical skills and enthusiasm and commitment to what we are doing set her apart from the rest.  Tara was most recently a research analyst at the City University of New York, and came to us as she ...

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Monmouth Co – Social Action Film – June 25

The UU Congregation of Monmouth County’s Social Action Film Series next film will be shown on June 25.

Living Downstream follows scientist, professor, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer, its environmental links – and the urgent human rights issue therein. Both personal journey and scientific-social exploration, this film is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our ...

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Morristown: Microloans Change Lives

40 Lives Changed by MUF Sponsored KIVA Micro-loans

In May 2011, the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship initiated a series of micro-loans with $1,165 raised through a dedicated collection. This allowed them to provide loans to 14 individuals in 8 countries. Once the first round of loans was repaid, 20 additional people in 17 countries were provided loans in 2012. Then timely repayment of these loans has enabled them to extend loans to six additional individuals in five countries.

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Plainfield: Marriage Equality Resolution

The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield joined forces with the Plainfield United Church of Christ and the Rahway Plainfield Society of Friends to pass a marriage equality resolution for New Jersey. The resolution states the three churches, as institutions that “affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people,” have an imperative to call “for the rights of all people to love those whom they love, with full rights to marry and enjoy the benefits of life-time commitment ...

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