UUSC ounders Martha and Waitstill Sharp plunged headlong into whatwould become known as the Holocaust not once but twice. Tey didn’t thinkthey alone could stem the tide o Nazism, but they were motivated by a ercedetermination to do what they could to rescue Jews and anti-Nazi dissidents.Tey understood that not to act would amount to acquiescence and threatenqualities in their own heart and spirit.In the past year, thousands o Unitarian Universalists and others aroundthe country have watched
Heroes o the Spirit
, the documentary by Academy Award-winning lmmaker Deborah Shaer, which explores our ounders’work in Europe at the beginning o World War II and relates it to the genocidehappening today in Darur. Several congregations hosted screening events,which served both as a celebration and a call or action on Darur.Our campaign to end the genocide — Drumbeat or Darur — has consumedmuch o our energy and resources this past year. Te theme o all o ourworkshops at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2007(G.A.), held in Portland, Ore, was what we can do to stop the genocide. Wepresented a ull day o training prior to G.A. to empower 75 congregationalleaders to take action on Darur. Given the interest it generated, we decided tomake such advocacy trainings a regular eature o our G.A. programs.We also played an active role in campaigns that led nancial giants, such asFidelity Investments and Berkshire Hathaway, to divest their shares in Chinesepetroleum companies. Chinese petro-dollars aid and abet the genocide, makingit possible or the Sudanese government to equip its military with deadlyaircrat and arm Janjaweed militias.
“Protest that endures... is moved by a hope far moremodest than that of public success: namely, thehope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.”
— Wendell Berry, environmentalist, essayist and poet
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Dear members and supporters,
UUSC AnnUAl RepoRt 2007 |