YUUR Voice in Trenton: Dec 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO OUR UULMNJ FAMILY!  The heart of UULMNJ is found in the hard work of our volunteers and advocates.  As we come to the end of another calendar year, the UULMNJ staff and Board sends deepest thanks to you for all of your efforts.  2014 was a great success for UUs in New Jersey because of you!  May you have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

SAVE THE DATE! April 18, 2015 is our annual meeting.  This year’s meeting will be held at UU Congregation at Montclair.  You won’t want to miss the keynote address by Junius Williams. Listed among Ebony’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in America,” Junius Williams is a prominent attorney, educator, and advocate.  His memoir “Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power”, which released in January, is an account of activism that combines “ivy-league sophistication and street smarts”.  Former Mayor of Detroit and National Bar Association president, Dennis Archer, calls it a book that “should be required reading for people who care about their communities and have either a sense of hopelessness or a burning desire to bring about positive change where they live.”

YUUR Voice Television Series will premiere on Princeton Community Television this Thursday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m.!  Catch this and other episodes every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.  You can also view each episode on the UULMNJ YouTube Channel.  Find links to classroom study guides in the description of each YouTube video.

“Black Lives Matter” has found a voice with Standing on the Side of Love.  Many New Jersey congregations have taken to the streets in solidarity following the decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths. UULMNJ encourages everyone to stand in support of justice.  However, it is very difficult for UULMNJ to ascertain all of the activities of the state-wide events.  Please reach out to your congregation to find ways to get involved.

Congratulations to UULMNJ! We recently received a grant from the UU Funding Program.  The $12,000 grant comes with an additional $4600 matching grant and will be utilized to support UULMNJ programs and administration.   Any new contributions will be matched with this grant, essentially doubling your donation!  Please consider giving to UULMNJ this holiday season to help us reach our match goal.


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