For questions about the Social Justice Calendar, email sjmt@rruuc.org.

The Earth Ministry is asking members of RRUUC to support three important climate and climate justice bills which are being debated now in Annapolis. The first two bills – Climate Solutions Now and Transportation Safety and Investment Act – have been selected by the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland as top climate priorities in the 2021 session. For more information, click here.

Override Gov. Hogan’s Veto of Gun Violence Bills. Contact your MD State Senators and Delegates and urge them to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of bills to provide continuing funding for Safe Streets and other organizations using violence interruption and prevention programs, and to require rifles and shotguns to be registered just like handguns. We need both of these bills to become law. Contact David Ward of the Prevent Gun Violence Ministry if you’d like to discuss.

November

Tues. – Thurs., 8:30am, and the first Saturday of the month – Food Distribution with our community partner, Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring.
An ever increasing number of folks are suffering from growing food insecurity during the pandemic. As more families show up for Clifton Park Baptist Church’s food distribution, River Roaders have joined the essential workers to help distribute food to them. Join us! Just show up, or contact Engaging Communities’ David Ward for more information.  You may also want to consider helping buy baby food and baby wipes for these families with an online donation.

Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Honor the communities who came before us, 5pm, next to McDonald’s on River Road
As we contemplate the joy of acquiring the land where we worship, we remain concerned about its indigenous inhabitants and the nearby River Road African American community, which white developers and County officials destroyed by the time we purchased our spiritual oasis in 1961. All that is left of that community is the Macedonia Baptist Church on River Road and the African American cemetery beneath the asphalt of the apartment complex that looks down on River Road and the church, from the hill above.
Some of us have been standing every week at 5pm on River Road in the lane between the McDonald’s and the Capital Crescent overpass, with signs and chants to restore the cemetery to the community that is now centered in Macedonia Baptist.

Fridays, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Black Lives Matter Vigil, 6:30, Corner of Whittier & River Road
Join us rain, snow, or shine, in witness to justice for Black Lives Matter. Come be a part of the vigil. Wear your mask and social distance while enjoying the company of others. Bring a chair if you need one. Contact:  Jana Kirkman or Jon Kerner.

Sun., Nov. 7 – UUSJ Social Justice Awards Ceremony
Featuring a keynote address by Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, President & CEO of the UU Service Committee. Awards made from the group of 18 nominees, all announced at the event Oscar style. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet our UUSJ Board of Trustees!

Tues., Nov. 9 (the second Tuesday of every month) – serving at Shepherd’s Table
Shepherd’s Table soup kitchen serving meals to hungry people. Join the RRUUC team that is responsible for dinner the second Tuesday of each month. Contact: Peter Benjamin.

Sun., Nov. 14, 3:00pm – Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon
On Sunday, November 14, at 3:00 pm EDT, join an Online Film Salon about 1948: Creation and Catastrophe. Register to see the film beforehand, at your convenience, and then join the salon on Sunday, https://tinyurl.com/VFHLNovember2021See a preview now at https://tinyurl.com/1948Trailer.

Mon., Nov. 15, 7:00pm – MD Poor Peoples’ Campaign 4M
Please save the date and plan to join PPC for the Maryland Monthly Monday Meeting (4M). – Register

December

Wed., Dec. 15, 12:00pm – Rally to Save Moses Cemetery, Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road
Join the Rally to Save Moses Cemetery to support Macedonia Baptist in saving their cemetery, reclaiming the land, and building a memorial and museum to honor the historic Bethesda African community. That community was destroyed by developers who removed black families so that wealthier whites could live there. We know our land was once part of a death camp, and that slaves who escaped joined the Underground Railroad at Macedonia. You can be a part of how we all learn to say, “Never again,” and help the Beloved Community at Macedonia honor their beloved ancestors.