There is much buzz in Unitarian Universalist circles about Justice GA 2012 in Phoenix. Here’s what Asha Arora, this year’s GA Youth Caucus junior dean, known as a HUUPER (Hardcore UU Person, Energized and Ready), has to say.
When I was younger I disliked Sunday school. I had to wake up early and I enjoyed my sleep. That hasn’t changed but something else has- the number of amazing people I know all thanks to COA and YRUU. Everyone in YRUU has helped me feel happy and respected. So when I got the chance to be a delegate and represent the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix at General Assembly 2011 I was thrilled. I was elated to be in an environment created by some incredible UUs. I was so inspired by this experience that I applied to be the co-dean of General Assembly’s next two youth caucuses. To my surprise, I was selected and I cannot wait for General Assembly 2012.
However, this GA isn’t typical. You’re coming because in my state of Arizona we are having a social justice crisis. Hate seems to always be present. I am grateful that you are coming with the intention of healing this with love. Unfortunately, this anger is spreading. So I ask you spend this time before GA preparing. I know that if we do so, once we gather for 2012 our impact will be even stronger.
We have work to do if we are to accept with integrity the invitation from immigration justice organizations in Phoenix. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually to be faithful witnesses and effective partners in the service of justice and love in Phoenix and in our local communities. We can start by setting an intention that our faith communities will be places of stretching, growing, learning, and faith development, places where voices and perspectives of all kinds are sought and valued, and where we work together to grow in wisdom, in spiritual and theological depth, in knowledge, and in partnership skills.
Cooking Together: Recipes for Immigration Justice Work, the GA 2012 resources project, offers a blog community for religious professionals, lay leaders, and people of all ages who are passionate about engagement with immigration justice work. Together, we will share, create and adapt faith development materials for congregations of all sizes and kinds, whether or not they will be sending delegates to Phoenix for GA 2012. We will put ideas into the simmer pot, try them out, make adaptations, and work together to cook up the best possible set of worship, theological reflection, religious education, and faithful witness materials for people of all ages.
Enter the kitchen and begin! Learn about a multigenerational event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Boulder, Colorado which set an intention for growing, learning, and deepening faith in preparation for the work of justice making. Have you done something similar or would you like to? How might such an event work in your congregation? What adaptations would suit your circumstances? What do you have to share? Come, let’s cook together!