This week’s service: “Selma Sunday: A Call to Action”

The Selma to Montgomery marchers arrive in Montgomery. At center are Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, with Ralph Abernathy's three children.

The Selma-to-Montgomery marchers arrive in Montgomery. At center are Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King.

Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, calling on them to join the protest for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. Unitarian Universalists heeded the call. Around 200 UU ministers and hundreds of laypeople joined the protest. Two of them lost their lives.

Now, UUs are once more being called to continue witnessing against the disease of racism, voter disenfranchisement and the eroding of civil rights, the lack of justice (especially for the deaths of young men and transgender women of color), and escalating inequality in our country.

Join Social Action Committee chair Lois Markham and our congregation this Sunday, March 8, as we celebrate Selma Sunday with a look back at Unitarian Universalists’ participation in the Selma protest and a look forward to a new call to witness for social justice.

The service leader will be Tracee Swanson.

In keeping with the theme of the service, the offering will be donated to the James Reeb Fund for Multicultural Ministries and Leadership. Reeb was a UU minister from Boston who was attacked in Selma and died of wounds he suffered prior to the march. The James Reeb Fund supports multicultural growth throughout the UUA and in Unitarian Universalist congregations. This includes supporting congregations doing voting rights work and programs such as Finding Our Way Home, a retreat for religious professionals of color.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

Photo via Wikipedia.