Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recognizes the birth of the civil rights leader who led marches and boycotts for equal rights in the Southern United States. It is celebrated the third Monday in January. His inspiring words and actions remind Americans everywhere to work for racial, economic, and international justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday enacted by Congress in 1983. In 1994, Congress named it as a day of service to the community in recognition of Dr. King’s service to the world community.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.
An incredible event took place in America 50 years ago, on April 22nd. Millions of people (10% ! of the population of the United States), came together on behalf of the environment and Mother Earth. Celebrations, protests, and planning efforts took place across the nation in civic halls, college campuses, houses of worship, and city streets.
To honor that momentous turning point in 1970 and, in the spirit of our UU principles, the First UU Church of West Volusia formed a working committee to honor the wonderful 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. After all, one of our seven core Principles is, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” And a key source of our philosophical guidance is, “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”
Our congregation’s Earth Day Committee ultimately settled on a schedule of activities not only to honor the Anniversary, but to take steps into the future to continue the critical work done by our predecessors:
Plans and schedule
A weekly series of speakers on environmental topics from environmental organizations and initiatives.
A curated list of volunteer opportunities supporting local and national environmental organizations.
The presentation of landmark movie and documentaries covering milestones in environmental causes.
Organizing participation in outside activities beyond our Church.
Acquiring of UU Earth Day T-shirts to be worn when performing activities in support of the environment.
Planting a tree and adding to our garden around our worship center to honor Mother Earth.
Principle 7. “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
Source: “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”
Our world still needs our help – and your help. Please consider reviewing the content linked here, and continuing your journey toward honoring and sustaining our environmental home.