AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR 10 YEARS AFTER THAT EVERYONE BE COUNTED. BE AWARE. DO YOUR PART.
Sponsored by the UUFP Social Justice Committee
The NAACP, Hampton Branch, and the United Way hosted a meeting with community leaders to kick-off awareness of the upcoming decennial census. Politicians led with the importance of getting people counted, as federal funding is based on census data. As well, apportionment of State Legislatures and the House of Representatives are census dependent. Traci DeShazor, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of State, explained the existence and workings of the Virginia Complete Count Commission, who will be in the forefront of alerting and educating citizens. Ron Brown of the U. S. Census Bureau also echoed concerns brought up and took questions. There will be the ability to submit census information online for those able to do that. The census form will be in English and Spanish. Online and telephone callers will have access to 13 languages. Glossaries and other information will expand the languages to 59.
A group of speakers offered tips on dealing with distinct populations: Seniors, Hispanics/Latinx, those experiencing homelessness, Asians, and low-income residents. The census count depends on overcoming: fear of government, fear of loss of children or housing, privacy concerns, illiteracy by a respondent, and difficulty understanding English, which led to a major point of the gathering—those being counted hearing from people they trust about the importance an accurate count will have on them. One source being “counted” on will be school children bringing news of the census home to their parents/guardians.
The specifics show the importance. Children, five years old and younger are the most undercounted. Two million children were not counted in the 2010 census. Census data is used to advocate for children and others. Each uncounted person represents the loss of $2,000.00 in Federal revenue. In the State’s 95th District, Marcia Price’s in Newport News, 23% of residents have been designated “hard-to-count.”
The public information campaign, local, state, and national will start this fall. Census Day is April 1, 2020.
Virginia Complete Count Commission:
Census Jobs: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs
This year, we are taking our monthly themes from “Soul Matters”, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same themes for the purpose of sharing worship, music, religious education and small group resources.
Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place at 9:30am and 11:15am on Sundays.
September 1st: “Living for Each Other”
For all of the cook-outs, car sales and consumerism, Labor Day was intended as a celebration of workers and their contributions to the prosperity, sustainability and well-being of our society. This year, Labor Day brings into focus the relationship between the two “pillar” Principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Services will include a Blessing of the Backpacks for the new school year!
September 8th: “What Do We Expect of One Another?”
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith in that we define ourselves as part of a UU community not by claiming that we hold to a certain set of beliefs, a creed, but rather by actively engaging in a process of making promises about how we intend to treat one another, a covenant. When it comes to what is expected of us and what we expect of one another, it’s best not to assume!
We’ll offer our Blessing to our Religious Educators for the new season of RE classes!
September 15th: “A Mending Grace”
If you tell a group of Unitarian Universalists that the “Grace of God” will “heal” them, in the best case scenario you’ll be asked to clarify your terms. Even our UU theists tend not to expect God’s grace to work without any human help. Is “healing” even a useful paradigm? If not, what should we expect from our faith and from each other when we feel the need to restore our souls?
Scott Kasmire officially joined Unitarian Universalism on Groundhog Day of 1997 for the purpose of having a religious preference embossed on his Navy dog tags. He has since been a member of UU churches in Florida, the Church of the Larger Fellowship and the UUFP. He currently serves the UUFP’s Mission as a member of the Committee on Ministry.
September 22nd: “Warts and All”
According to the ancient Greek writer Pausanias, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi offered the advice “know thyself” to seekers of wisdom. In his Poor Richard’s Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one's self.” And yet, we cannot really understand other people and the world we share unless we understand who we are.
September 29th: “Fruits of the Spirit”
This year, our Wednesday evenings have included workshops from the Tapestry of Faith program “Spirit of Life”, focusing on various aspects of spirituality as framed by the lyrics of the Carolyn McDade that we sing every Sunday. Now that these workshops have concluded, let’s reflect on the gifts of our shared journey, including what we have learned about ourselves and one another.
Special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!
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