Housing Justice

Dear friends,

May this spring weather find you well! I saw the first flowers of spring in my new neighborhood earlier this week and the sunshine has been a delight.

Yesterday, Wednesday, brought perfect weather for an outdoor rally outside the State House for housing justice. As our lawmakers are making decisions about budget proposals, we gathered in support of funding for eviction prevention, rent relief, and emergency shelter funding. We gathered, believing that we have the resources in Maine to keep our neighbors and their children housed and fed. As it always is, it was an inspiring morning and made me grateful to be serving in the wider community of our state.

Worship on Sunday will root our collective call to justice in a theology of liberation. We will dive into the history of Liberation Theology–which emerged from the Catholic Church in Latin America in the late 1960’s and early 70’s–and reflect on the influence this school of theological thought has had and continues to have on our own living tradition of Unitarian Universalism.

How might we understand “God’s preferential option for the poor”? A call to radical solidarity with the most marginalized in our communities and society at large? How might we grow from a liberal theology to a liberative one? I hope you’ll join us on Sunday to wrestle with these questions in community… what we do best. Our children and youth, too, will be reflecting on justice and how we live out our values beyond the walls of the church. Reach out to Emily to learn more and get involved.

Take care, my friends, and I’ll see you in church.

In justice and with joy,

Rev. Tara