- January 24, 2016
- 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
- 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
By Chuck Lauter
The Unitarian-Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) was introduced to our Fellowship at Justice Sunday, 2015, when the topic was “Economic Inequality.” A core group met following the service as a nucleus of an on-going UUFDC organization. The members decided to re-show the Robert Reich film “Inequality for All” which attracted an additional 45 viewers for a total of 60. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, some members of the group were away or unable to continue. Thus little has occurred since then. But, the spark remains!
The need to address this issue could not be greater. President Obama identified it as “the greatest challenge of our time.” Inequality in both annual income and wealth has increased dramatically from 1970 to the present and cannot be sustained. The social costs of this continuing gap rip the fabric of our communities. It breeds suspicion, anger, tension, and uncertainty. One internet site calls the facts of this economic injustice “soul-crushing.” These facts are amply documented. So, what can we do?
On Sunday, January 24, after the discussion time, members of the Fellowship will convene again to respond to this need. We hope to ground UUJEC firmly in the Fellowship. At the meeting we will discuss strategies for education and action. Possibilities include using the UUA 2014-18 Congregational Study/Action Issue “ Escalating Inequality” (CS/AI) or perhaps seeking to band with other UUs to magnify our impact or taking on an appropriate local issue. We need committed people to provide input and leadership. Please put the date on your calendar and plan to attend. If you wish to prepare in advance, please consult the myriad internet sites. Lest you think this too big a topic, remember Margaret Mead,
“Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world, in fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”