Topic: Equality

Chapters from the Stratton Family

We’re delighted to welcome back Doreen Stratton, writer/researcher, photographer and docent at the Doylestown Museum who, two years ago, provided us with insight into the history of the Underground Railroad in our region. This time, she’ll provide a glimpse into the lives of African Americans in the latter half and the Nineteenth Century and early … Continue reading Chapters from the Stratton Family

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr. was jailed on April 12, 1963 for his leadership of non-violent civil disobedience against racism in Birmingham, Alabama. A group of eight white Alabama clergymen published an article titled “A Call for Unity,” critical of Dr. King and his nonviolent methods. King responded with an open letter written from his jail cell, pointing out that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dave Chapman will discuss the importance of Dr. King’s letter and how it informs his understanding of the responsibilities of spiritual leaders in social and political matters in the United States.

Seeger Sunday

The obstreperous Pete Seeger and other Unitarian Universalist troubadours will be much of the music we’ll share at this annual celebration. And, we’ll all welcome new members and be part of a child dedication! While we’re at it, let’s look at the symbolism attached to that happy ceremony.

White Womxn as Accomplices for Racial Justice

Honoring Women’s History Month, this service encourage reflection on issues and actions related to intersectionality, feminism as a movement for gender equity, and the crucial role White people can and must take to achieve racial justice and build the Beloved Community.
Education and Training Consultant Marlene Pray, MEd, is a community organizer, mother, ordained priestess, racial justice activist, and social justice sexuality educator and trainer.

Abraham Lincoln: Voting Rights Martyr?

Abraham Lincoln’s death was the result of his efforts on behalf of voting rights for African-Americans. He was killed by a man who called America “a white man’s country.” The final straw was when Lincoln suggested in his last public speech that some African-Americans be allowed to vote. Because voting rights are a fragile thing, we need to recognize the violence that has met people who have stood and died for African-American voting rights, such as Medgar Evers, Octavius Catto, and Abraham Lincoln, and vow to continue the struggle.

Special Presentation: “Millicent Sparks as Harriet Tubman”

Join us as we prepare for Black History Month with Millicent Sparks’ portrayal of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad who helped thousands of enslaved Africans escape to freedom. At the conclusion of the portrayal, Sparks will interact with the congregation, responding in character to questions about Tubman’s life in slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War. Ms. Sparks develops and produces researched living history performance programs with special emphasis on the African American experience. An accomplished actor/writer/producer and lifelong history buff, she has performed on local, regional and international stages and in film and on television. Bring a guest! (Multi-generational service)

Pride Month

June is Pride month. This Sunday we will be celebrating the many contributions of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Included will be music, poetry and more.

The Underground Railroad

We continue our observance of Black History Month 2017 with a presentation by author, researcher and photographer Doreen Stratton. Stratton, an African American descendant of a Civil War veteran, will share a history of the Underground Railroad from the perspective of slave captives and fugitives.

Activism, Education and Abolition in the Civil War Era

We kick off Black History Month 2017 at TPUUF with a multigenerational service featuring the Traveling Trunk Exhibit assembled by the African American History Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit includes material drawn directly from the Museum’s core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, including replica artifacts and documents illustrating the personal, professional and political lives of Philadelphia’s early African American community. No CFD classes. Nursery care will be available.