October 2016 UUANI Action Newsletter

Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois - UUs across Illinois are coming together to work for justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet, putting our deepest values into effective action.REFLECTIONS FROM AROUND THE STATE

October 15 #ReviveLove Tour– Rev. Krista Taves, Quincy Unitarian Church:
“We have misused the first principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person, to justify ideas which are harmful, seeing them as personal expressions of freedom.  With a power and privilege analysis, we instead condition our first principle with the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  A commitment to diversity does not mean that all ideas are equally true…”

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October 16 Moral Declaration Worship Weekend – Rev. Sarah Richards, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship:
“[Quoting Rev. Forrest Gilmore:] ‘Our seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence, is a glorious statement. Yet we make a profound mistake when we limit it to merely an environmental idea. It is so much more. It is our response to the great dangers of both individualism and oppression. It is our solution to the seeming conflict between the individual and the group… [It] can help us develop that social understanding of ourselves that we and our culture so desperately need.’

Ours is not the politics of division and fear, but of inclusion, diversity, and love, and if we don’t speak up, if we don’t take action to express our values and principles, what good are we?”

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Respecting the Interdependent Web: Clean Power/Clean Jobs

After lengthy negotiations, a version of the Illinois Clean Jobs bill significantly ramping up renewable energy and energy efficiency will likely come to a vote by state legislators before December 1. We will talk about ways to take action on it during the fall veto session (Nov 15-17 and Nov 29-Dec 1) on our October 25 Action Council call (see below).

Please reply to this email if you are interested in taking action on this issue, or watch our Facebook page.

Promoting Justice, Equity and Compassion: A Living Wage

Fight for $15 (aligned with Rev. Barber’s Moral Monday movement) will launch a national mobilization starting November 29 targeting McDonald’s, the second largest private employer in the world, and other low-wage employers. The message: no matter what the outcome of the election, we’re going to keep fighting for a fair wage, a fair economy and a fair society.

  • Chicago area folks can participate by showing up on Tuesday, November 29:
    • 6 am at the McDonald’s at 1951 N Western
    • 9 am at Northwestern Hospital 676 N St. Clair
    • 12 noon at a to-be-disclosed location.
  • People in every Illinois community can participate by leafleting their local McDonald’s during the first two weeks of December (details forthcoming).

Please reply to this email if you are interested in taking action on this issue, or watch our Facebook page.



  • Tuesday, October 25, 5:30pm: League of Women Voters Lake County Candidate Forum at Civic and Cultural Center, 2006 N Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm: Our next UUANI statewide Action Council video/conference call. We’ll reflect on recent activities we’ve been part of,and talk about upcoming actions around the IL Clean Jobs bill and the Fight for $15 national mobilization (see above).
  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm: League of Women Voters Elgin area Candidate Forum at Rakow Senior Center Dundee Township Park, 665 Barrington Ave, Carpentersville.
  • Thursday, Oct 27, 7pm: US Senate candidates debate in Springfield (advance tickets required).


  • Wednesday, November 2, 7:00pm: Rev. William Barber’s Wisconsin Moral Revival at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (Milwaukee, WI).
  • Friday, November 4, 7:00pm: League of Women Voters US Senate candidates debate.
  • November 4-6: Moral Declaration Worship Weekend. Faith communities are urged to preach and teach on justice on this last weekend before the election.
  • Tuesday, November 8: Local, state, and national elections.
  • Saturday, November 12, 10am-2pm: “Sustenance for the Work of our Hands” workshop presented by the Chicago Area UU Council at Countryside UU, 1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine.
  • Tuesday, November 29: Fight for $15 mobilization in Chicago (see above).


  • Click here to urge your state legislators to end unlimited solitary confinement in Illinois.
  • Click here to urge your state legislators to fix Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis.

Peace and Power,

Rev. Scott Aaseng, Director
Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI)

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