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The winter solstice is approaching—attuning us to the natural world, reminding us there is beauty in darkness, and bringing us hope as we look toward lengthening days. It is also a time for seeing through the holiday commotion of commercialism and tuning in to gratitude, joy, and connection. May you stay present to your spiritual principles and practices during this time and draw strength from connection to community.
21 Children & Youth Sue Trump Over Climate
Get inspired by 21 young people, ages 10 to 21, who are suing the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by engaging in actions that cause climate change. Juliana v. United States, supported by Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians, has already resulted in a District Court judge declaring, for the first time, that there is a constitutional right to a stable climate. The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments for the case this Monday, December 11, at 10am in San Francisco, which will determine whether the case goes to trial on February 5. Find out more and livestream the proceedings.
Bring Joy to Children Living in One of the “Pollution Capitals of North America”
Every year, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) partners with community members to for an annual “Fence-Line Holiday Toy Drive” to give new and gently used toys to families in Manchester, a predominantly Hispanic community in Houston’s East End that suffers from unconscionable levels of environmental toxins. Support the drive by sending a donation directly to t.e.j.a.s., or mailing new and gently used toys to the t.e.j.a.s. office at 6733 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011.
Free book: Freedom Through Frugality
Author and minister Rev. Jane Dwinnell is offering free copies of her book Freedom Through Frugality to interested UUs while supplies last. From the book’s introduction: “The world needs frugality right now. We are living beyond the means of the earth—spending more resources annually than can be restored, regenerated or replaced. Experts agree that moderating the quantity and resource intensity of our consumption is a key to our survival.”
Contact Rev. Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Freedom Through Frugality," and include a mailing address in your message.
Connect with UUMFE on Facebook!
Did you know there’s a UUMFE Discussion Group on Facebook for UUs to share news, stories, and events and discuss environmental justice topics? Get connected: join the group! Be sure to also follow UUMFE’s Facebook page for inspiration, news, and opportunities to take action.
Photo of Juliana v. USA plaintiffs courtesy of Our Children's Trust.
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