I’m planning to spend May 29th in Phoenix at a big rally opposing the Arizona Immigration Law that is so discriminatory. It is a great pleasure to me that many of my colleagues from other UU churches in California will also be there along with all the Arizona UU clergy. This is the most important way I know to live out the fifth principle we affirm: support for the democratic process in our congregations and in society at large.It is not enough to vote.It certainly isn’t enough to complain to one another when injustice occurs, and it would belie everything I believe in to stand by because I live in California and the problem is in the next state over.Real support of the democratic process means standing up for what we believe when the opportunity arises.Real support for our denomination means coming to the aid of congregations in another state who are needing help to protest an injustice in their area.And so I will go to Arizona, along with lots of other UU lay people and clergy, and many like-minded citizens to say this law is a travesty that we do not want to see exist anywhere in the world, much less in the United States.
The other reason I’m going is to work for a world of justice, liberty, and peace. I believe along with Martin Luther King, Jr., that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and I am heeding the lesson of Martin Niemoller who pointed out that when we don’t stand for the other, we risk there being no one left to stand for us when we are oppressed. So I am going to Phoenix to live out our sixth principle as well as our fifth principle.
I feel honored and excited to have this opportunity to live my faith — it is the spirit that moves me. I’m writing this before the trip, but it is serendipity that I will be preaching on May 30th about the importance of “doing” when the spirit moves us. By the time you read this I’ll probably have told you all about it! In the meantime, may you
Rev. Dr. Karen Stoyanoff
P.S. A video was made by the UUA of this important event and I wanted to share it with you!
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