February 2020

Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow.

Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.

W.E.B. Dubois


The freezing days of midwinter do not feel like seed time. Nor, for me, do they feel conducive to exertion of any kind. Why aren’t humans like bears, who have the sense to snuggle up in their dens and hibernate?

W.E.B. DuBois did not experience much of either harvest or playtime in his long life. DuBois was a scholar, teacher, outspoken social critic, and one of the founders of the NAACP. He was a lifelong champion for the rights and dignity of African Americans, as well as for African independence from colonial rule. He died in 1963, at the age of 95. Two years earlier, he had become a citizen of Ghana and had begun work as director of the Encyclopedia Africana. I invite you to visit the brief biographical sketch of him on the NAACP website: https://www.naacp.org/naacp-history-w-e-b-dubois/

Many of you are resisting the winter urge to hibernate. The Climate Action group meets faithfully every other Sunday. CAG members are lobbying, supporting divestment efforts, and continuing to educate and remind us of the importance of action.

January saw “UU the Vote” come to USNF. 25 people turned out for an organizing meeting. Plans are underway to work with other local and national groups to raise awareness, encourage voter registration, and advocate for the issues that matter to us. Letter writing meetings have already begun. We have some social justice funding available, but I hope many of us will support the team in raising money for stamps.

Our racial justice team has also seen strong interest in its movie nights, and in the racial justice learning circles that met for the first time in January. During February, in addition to exploring the theme of generosity, we will also acknowledge Black History Month. We hope other initiatives will spring from the racial justice team’s work. If you’d like to lead a book group, organize a group trip to a local movie, or just learn more about what the team is up to, please let me or Jessica know. Please also see the information about Sojourner Truth School events included elsewhere in the newsletter.

And if you are tempted, from time to time, to snuggle under with a good book or to binge watch a series on your must-see list, enjoy! That’s also what February is for.

Ever grateful to be on this journey with you.  Janets signature

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