REV. SCOTT LEADS A LEGISLATIVE ACTION PANEL
DECEMBER, 4, 2016
Every year on the first Sunday of December, Rev Scott leads a forum of Virginia Assembly experts. They talk about the likely bills, and how citizens can help, assist, or block their passage. Since public policy is one important way that our values manifest in community, advocacy training enables us to live our values. This forum also teaches “How to get a visit with a legislator;” “How to make the most of your time when you visit he assembly;” and “The best methods for getting your position considered during the legislative process.”
REV. ANYA, LEAD FOR VIGIL DECLAIMING ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Our witness began in a Presbyterian Church in the County Seat of Loudoun County, VA, and culminated in a silent witness of over 200 individuals standing with candles around the County Courthouse. The two most prominent signs witnessed our faith in and appreciation for our interfaith community, and our commitment to see local Muslims as friends and as citizens, not enemies.
BEYOND PARTISAN DIVISION
Rev. Anya and Rev. Scott both advocate for working across the partisan divide. Working with other ministers, UUA Staff, and UU Lay Leaders they have led General Assembly workshops, a week-long learning opportunity at UUMAC, and created a UUA sponsored Toolkit that calls us to heal this national divide to serve the cause of justice and peace.
VOICE MORTGAGE ACCOUNTABILITY ACTION
For 5 years Rev Scott was on the Strategy Team of VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. VOICE is a ‘one of a kind’ IAF affiliate, spanning across 4 counties in Northern Virginia. At the action pictured above, Rev Scott is on stage with other VOICE leaders as they held Bank of America, General Electric and JP Morgan Chase accountable for the predatory lending practices in Prince William County, Virginia. VOICE hired investigators who discovered that more than 3000 homeowners were defrauded in PW County alone. VOICE was able at the 1000-person public action shown above to secure $60 million of promised relief for those homeowners.
OUR VALUES AND OUR LOVE IN ACTION
The esteemed minister, David Bumbaugh, speaks about the liminal space, where a minister or a ministry lives - a space between worlds. He shares: "the minister stands at the door of the sanctuary, interpreting the world through a religious lens for the congregation, and the minister serves as the lead ambassador of the congregation’s values, to that world.” To be a 'value ambassador' the minister must first listen to the the way the congregation’s calling meets the world’s deep need. Then the minister helps the congregation build or deepen relationships beyond the walls of their own sanctuary. Coalition building, interfaith engagement, and community collaboration are the foundation for sturdy and lasting advocacy and service work.
We have helped our congregations partner with advocacy organizations, interfaith groups, and various UU networks to achieve meaningful goals. Together, with our congregations, we have worked for LGBTQ equality, racial, economic and environmental justice. With our congregations, we have stood against bigotry and oppression in its diverse forms, including standing side-by-side with our Muslim and immigrant neighbors.
The community outside the walls of the congregation knows when we stand up for truth and justice. Walking our talk is a religious imperative.