Good News!

Good news!  The Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution will be put on the agenda
for General Assembly.

We had thought there might be a congregational poll to determine if the
majority of congregations voting wanted it on the agenda, but the Board of
Trustees decided that it was not necessary.

It’s now time to begin our campaign to pass the resolution.  I believe that
with adequate education, the resolution will pass overwhelmingly, just as
the Action of Immediate Witness did last year.  Given my experience last
year, I can predict some frequent objections from those who are
inadequately informed about the resolution.

- But I want shareholder activism; we have to stay engaged! (Answer: The
Resolution allows for it).
- But I want returns on our congregation’s endowment to be maximized!
(Answer: Talk about stranded assets/carbon bubble)
- I think this is something government should do.  (Answer:  Agreed.
But government is too dysfunctional presently, and we’ve got to get the
action going.  In addition, our legislators have mostly all been bought out
by Big Oil or Big Coal.)

Who will be on a campaign steering committee for our resolution?  Who are
the good strategists among us?  Who is familiar with a lot of UUA
publications or ways to reach UUs, especially those who are likely to
attend GA in Providence?   Who is in a position to have an open discussion
with a board member or members, i.e., someone known to a person or people
on the board either personally or by reputation?

Please volunteer (nominate yourself) or nominate someone else, after having
checked with them that they’re willing to serve.  I expect our work could
be intense for the next few months.  I’d set up a new Yahoo group for the
steering committee, and we’d probably have frequent conference calls to see
check in.

Let’s get busy getting the word out about why our resolution is good and
worth voting for.

Please send me your nominations.

Thanks,

Terry

More Signatures!

all uus,

WE WANT MORE SIGNATURES!  i want to call your attention to the excellent note that wes sent out this weekend:

We have now gone past UUA’s deadline for submitting petition signatures. Thanks so much to everyone who has helped to make this petition drive such a success! I know that many of you have reached out to people you know from other congregations and many of them have responded by collecting signatures from their church. This would be a great time to thank them for their help. You could also send them a link to our latest list so that they see their congregation on the list and how much other support there is throughout the country.

Although we have passed UUA’s deadline, we will still accept signatures and add other congregations to our list because they also are part of the widespread support that exists around the country for our resolution. Feel free to pass this information along to your contacts in other congregations who you feel might wish to collect signatures for their congregation (if they have not done so already) or might wish to contact people they know in other congregations. Not only does submitting signatures demonstrate support but it also helps to create awareness of the petition and the fossil fuel divestment movement as a whole.

the last three weeks could have been really awful for me, as i dealt with broken wrist bones, a cast, and then surgery — but it was just the opposite.  i gleefully opened envelopes, collated all the signature pages, photocopied, etc., with one hand, knowing i was doing what i could to hep preserve life on earth.  it was more than rewarding to see how far over the minimum we went.  and it was all because of you who sent those signatures, and recruited people at other congs to do the same.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

dare i say — let’s keep going, gathering more signatures, for whatever reason motivates you.  i know my motivation is that i want my granddaughters to grow up in a world with a safe climate.

. . . and don’t forget to do what u can to tell obama — NO KEYSTONE XL.  [wes and i were lucky enuf to be able to help start the anti-keystone action, having been arrested 8-29-11 in front of the white hs,  were others of u there?]

terry

Petition Signatures as of January 31, 2014

Petition sheets from five more congregations have come in, bringing the total up to an even 100 congregations from 30 states and the District of Columbia.  Thanks so much to everyone across the country for your extraordinary efforts!

Wes Ernsberger for Terry Wiggins

ALASKA

  • Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

ARIZONA

  • Mountain Vista UU (Tucson)

CALIFORNIA

  • First UU Society of San Francisco
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
  • UUs of Petaluma
  • UU Church of Ventura
  • Neighborhood UU Church (Pasadena)

COLORADO

  • First Unitarian Society of Denver

CONNECTICUT

  • UU Society: East (Manchester)
  • Unitarian Society of Hartford
  • Unitarian Society of New Haven

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • All Souls Church Unitarian

FLORIDA

  • UU Church of Sarasota
  • UU Fellowship of Charlotte County (Port Charlotte)

ILLINOIS

  • First Unitarian Society of Chicago
  • Unity Temple UU (Oak Park)
  • Beverly Unitarian Church
  • Park Forest UU Church

INDIANA

  • UU Church of Bloomington

IOWA

  • UU Fellowship of Ames
  • First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

MAINE

  • First Universalist Church of Auburn
  • First Universalist Church of Pittsfield
  • UU Church of Waterville
  • UU Community Church (Augusta)

MARYLAND

  • River Road UU Congregation (Bethesda)
  • UU Congregation of Rockville

MASSACHUSETTS

  • First Universalist Society in Franklin
  • First Parish in Lexington
  • Follen Church Society (Lexington)
  • First Parish UU (Arlington)
  • Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church (West Roxbury)
  • First Parish in Hingham (Old Ship Church)
  • UU Society of Amherst
  • UU Area Church (Sherborn)
  • First Parish UU of Northborough
  • Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
  • First UU Church of Milford
  • UU Society of Wellesley
  • First Religious Society in Newburyport
  • First Unitarian Church of Worcester
  • First Parish in Cambridge
  • UU Church of Worcester
  • First Congregational Parish Unitarian (Petersham)

MICHIGAN

  • Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (St. Joseph)
  • First UU Church of Detroit
  • People’s Church (Kalamazoo)

MINNESOTA

  • First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
  • Unity-Church Unitarian

MONTANA

  • UU Fellowship of Bozeman
  • Glacier UU Fellowship (Kalispell)

NEVADA

  • UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada (Reno)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • South Church (Portsmouth)
  • UU Congregation in Milford
  • UU Church of Concord

NEW JERSEY

  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
  • UU Congregation of Monmouth County (Lincroft)

NEW YORK

  • UU Congregation of Binghamton
  • First UU Society of Albany
  • First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
  • UU Congregation of Jamestown
  • First Unitarian Society of Westchester (Hastings-on-Hudson)

NORTH CAROLINA

  • UU Congregation of Asheville
  • Community Church of Chapel Hill UU
  • Eno River UU Fellowship (Durham)

OHIO

  • North UU Congregation (Lewis Center)
  • Ohio Valley UU Church (Bellaire)
  • First Unitarian Church of Cleveland

OREGON

  • UU Fellowship of Corvallis
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland)
  • Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland)
  • West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland)
  • Mid Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River)

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
  • Allegheny UU Church (Pittsburgh)

RHODE ISLAND

  • Westminster Unitarian Church (East Greenwich)

TEXAS

  • San Marcos UU Fellowship

UTAH

  • First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City
  • UU Church of Ogden
  • Utah Valley UU Fellowship (Springville)
  • South Valley UU Society (Salt Lake City)
  • Cache Valley UUs

VERMONT

  • Champlain Valley UU Society (Middlebury)

VIRGINIA

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
  • Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (Charlottesville)
  • UU Church of Loudon (Leesburg)
  • UU Congregation of Sterling
  • UU Church of Arlington

WASHINGTON

  • University Unitarian Church (Seattle)
  • UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland)
  • Edmonds UU Church
  • East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue)
  • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
  • Shoreline UU Church

WISCONSIN

  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
  • James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Madison)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Ephraim)
  • First Universalist Unitarian Church (Wausau)

Plus Three .. Now 95!

Today I have the privilege of reporting to you the names of three additional congregations who have joined the 92 that had already submitted petitions for our Fossil Fuel Divestment business resolution. They are:

First Unitarian Society of Westchester (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
First Unitarian Society of Denver
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

I’ll let you know if we receive any more submissions before I send off our packet.

With much gratitude to all Unitarian Universalists,

Terry

Petition Signatures as of January 20, 2014

I must say, we’ve done it in style – 92 congregations from 29 states have signed our petition, according to my count.  Not surprisingly, given the distribution of UUs, Massachusetts was the state sending in the most petitions.  Thank you, Toby, Cindy, and all our other organizers there!  Utah won the prize for being the state with the highest percentage of its UU congregations submitting petitions – 100%.  Thank you, Joan Gregory!

There may be a few more petitions yet to come; you’re welcome to email them to me.  I will wait until Friday or Saturday to send them to the UUA.

Terry

ALASKA

  • Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

ARIZONA

  • Mountain Vista UU (Tucson)

CALIFORNIA

  • First UU Society of San Francisco
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
  • UUs of Petaluma
  • UU Church of Ventura
  • Neighborhood UU Church (Pasadena)

CONNECTICUT

  • UU Society: East (Manchester)
  • Unitarian Society of Hartford
  • Unitarian Society of New Haven

FLORIDA

  • UU Church of Sarasota
  • UU Fellowship of Charlotte County (Port Charlotte)

ILLINOIS

  • First Unitarian Society of Chicago
  • Unity Temple UU (Oak Park)
  • Beverly Unitarian Church
  • Park Forest UU Church

INDIANA

  • UU Church of Bloomington

IOWA

  • UU Fellowship of Ames

MAINE

  • First Universalist Church of Auburn
  • First Universalist Church of Pittsfield
  • UU Church of Waterville
  • UU Community Church (Augusta)

MARYLAND

  • River Road UU Congregation (Bethesda)
  • UU Congregation of Rockville

MASSACHUSETTS

  • First Universalist Society in Franklin
  • First Parish in Lexington
  • Follen Church Society (Lexington)
  • First Parish UU (Arlington)
  • Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church (West Roxbury)
  • First Parish in Hingham (Old Ship Church)
  • UU Society of Amherst
  • UU Area Church (Sherborn)
  • First Parish UU of Northborough
  • Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
  • First UU Church of Milford
  • UU Society of Wellesley
  • First Religious Society in Newburyport
  • First Unitarian Church of Worcester
  • First Parish in Cambidge

MICHIGAN

  • Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (St. Joseph)
  • First UU Church of Detroit
  • People’s Church (Kalamazoo)

MINNESOTA

  • First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
  • Unity-Church Unitarian

MONTANA

  • UU Fellowship of Bozeman
  • Glacier UU Fellowship (Kalispell)

NEVADA

  • UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada (Reno)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • South Church (Portsmouth)
  • UU Congregation in Milford
  • UU Church of Concord

NEW JERSEY

  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
  • UU Congregation of Monmouth County (Lincroft)

NEW YORK

  • UU Congregation of Binghamton
  • First UU Society of Albany
  • First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
  • UU Congregation of Jamestown

NORTH CAROLINA

  • UU Congregation of Asheville
  • Community Church of Chapel Hill UU
  • Eno River UU Fellowship (Durham)

OHIO

  • North UU Congregation (Lewis Center)
  • Ohio Valley UU Church (Bellaire)

OREGON

  • UU Fellowship of Corvallis
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland)
  • Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland)
  • West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland)
  • Mid Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River)

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
  • Allegheny UU Church (Pittsburgh)

RHODE ISLAND

  • Westminster Unitarian Church (East Greenwich)

TEXAS

  • San Marcos UU Fellowship

UTAH

  • First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City
  • UU Church of Ogden
  • Utah Valley UU Fellowship (Springville)
  • South Valley UU Society (Salt Lake City)
  • Cache Valley UUs

VERMONT

  • Champlain Valley UU Society (Middlebury)

VIRGINIA

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
  • Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (Charlottesville)
  • UU Church of Loudon (Leesburg)
  • UU Congregation of Sterling
  • UU Church of Arlington

WASHINGTON

  • University Unitarian Church (Seattle)
  • UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland)
  • Edmonds UU Church
  • East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue)
  • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

WISCONSIN

  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
  • James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Madison)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Ephraim)
  • First Universalist Unitarian Church (Wausau)

Petition Signatures as of January 14, 2014

As we near the January 15th deadline, the petitions are really pouring in!  At this point, we have heard from 73 congregations in 26 states. Most astonishing!  Thanks, everyone, for your exceptional efforts.  - Wes Ernsberger for Terry Wiggins
                                                                           …
ALASKA
  • Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

ARIZONA

  • Mountain Vista UU (Tucson)

CALIFORNIA

  • First UU Society of San Francisco
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
  • UUs of Petaluma
  • UU Church of Ventura
  • Neighborhood UU Church (Pasadena)

CONNECTICUT

  • UU Society: East (Manchester)

FLORIDA

  • UU Church of Sarasota

ILLINOIS

  • First Unitarian Society of Chicago
  • Unity Temple UU (Oak Park)

INDIANA

  • UU Church of Bloomington, IN

IOWA

  • UU Fellowship of Ames

MAINE

  • First Universalist Church of Auburn
  • First Universalist Church of Pittsfield
  • UU Church of Waterville
  • UU Community Church (Augusta)

MARYLAND

  • River Road UU Congregation (Bethesda)

MASSACHUSETTS

  • First Universalist Society in Franklin
  • First Parish in Lexington MA
  • Follen Church Society (Lexington)
  • First Parish UU (Arlington)
  • Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church (West Roxbury)
  • First Parish in Hingham (Old Ship Church)
  • UU Society of Amherst
  • UU Area Church (Sherborn)
  • First Parish UU of Northborough
  • Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
  • First UU Church of Milford

MICHIGAN

  • Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (St. Joseph)
  • First UU Church of Detroit
  • People’s Church (Kalamazoo)

MONTANA

  • ·UU Fellowship of Bozeman
  • Glacier UU Fellowship (Kalispell)

NEVADA

  • UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada (Reno)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • South Church (Portsmouth)
  • UU Congregation in Milford

NEW JERSEY

  • Morriston Unitarian Fellowship
  • UU Congregation of Monmouth County (Lincroft)

NEW YORK

  • UU Congregation of Binghamton
  • First UU Society of Albany
  • First Unitarian Society of Ithaca

NORTH CAROLINA

  • UU Congregation of Asheville
  • Community Church of Chapel Hill UU
  • Eno River UU Fellowship (Durham)

OREGON

  • UU Fellowship of Corvallis
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland)
  • Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland)
  • West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland)
  • Mid Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River)

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
  • Allegheny UU Church (Pittsburgh)

RHODE ISLAND

  • Westminster Unitarian Church (East Greenwich)

UTAH

  • First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City
  • UU Church of Ogden
  • Utah Valley UU Fellowship (Springville)
  • South Valley UU Society (Salt Lake City)

VERMONT

  • Champlain Valley UU Society (Middlebury)

VIRGINIA

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
  • Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (Charlottesville)
  • UU Church of Loudon (Leesburg)
  • UU Congregation of Sterling

WASHINGTON.

  • University Unitarian Church (Seattle)
  • UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland)
  • Edmonds UU Church
  • East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue)
  • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

WISCONSIN

  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
  • James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Madison)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Ephraim)
  • First Universalist Unitarian Church (Wausau)

Petition Signatures as of January 7, 2014

It’s January 7th.  You have about a week left, until January 15, to put petitions in the mail to me.  Please check over the fabulous, astonishing list below, of the 44 (!) congregations from which I have received petitions.  If yours isn’t on the list, do what you need to do to get it there.  If you’re working with another congregation that isn’t listed, it’s time to follow up. 
                                                                           …
ALASKA
  • Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

ARIZONA

  • Mountain Vista UU (Tucson)

CALIFORNIA

  • San Francisco UU Church
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
  • UUs of Petaluma
  • UU Church of Ventura

CONNECTICUT

  • UU Society: East (Manchester)

ILLINOIS

  • First Unitarian Society of Chicago
  • Unity Temple UU (Oak Park)

INDIANA

  • UU Church of Bloomington, IN

MAINE

  • First Universalist Church of Auburn
  • First Universalist Church of Pittsfield

MASSACHUSETTS

  • First Universalist Society in Franklin
  • First Parish in Lexington MA
  • Follen Church Society (Lexington)
  • First Parish UU (Arlington)
  • Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church (West Roxbury)
  • First Parish in Hingham (Old Ship Church)
  • UU Society of Amherst

MICHIGAN

  • Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (St. Joseph)

MONTANA

  • ·UU Fellowship of Bozeman
  • Glacier UU Fellowship (Kalispell)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • UU Church of Portsmouth South Church

NEW YORK

  • UU Congregation of Binghamton
  •  First UU Society of Albany

NORTH CAROLINA

  • UU Congregation of Asheville

OREGON

  • UU Fellowship of Corvallis
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland)
  • Wy’east UU Congregation (Portland)
  • West Hills UU Fellowship (Portland)
  • Mid Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River)

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Unitarian Church of Harrisburg

UTAH

  • First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City
  • UU Church of Ogden

VERMONT

  • Champlain Valley UU Society (Middlebury)

VIRGINIA

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
  • Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists

WASHINGTON.

  • University Unitarian Church (Seattle)
  • UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland)

WISCONSIN

  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
  • James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Madison)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Ephraim)
  • First Universalist Unitarian Church (Wausau)

Terry Wiggins