By Rev. Ann Willever, Community Minister
Many FUSF members and friends will join with thousands for the Peoples’ Climate March at the end of April. We send you off with our support and best wishes and look forward to photos and first-hand reports from those who attend!
On May 14th, FUSF has a team participating for the first time in the 21st annual “Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace” in Boston. This event, organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, raises publicity and funds for their very important work with those affected by homicide. The theme of this year’s walk is “In Unity there is Healing, Invest in Peace” and invites us all to demand dignity and compassion for all those impacted by murder.
Louis D. Brown attended a school not far from where I had taught in Dorchester. In 1993, when he was just 13, he was caught in gang cross-fire on his way to a meeting of “Teens against Gang Violence.” Louis wanted to make his community a better place. Curious, talented and smart, he planned to be the first African American President. His mother, Tina Chery, channeled her grief into the creation of the Peace Institute. Through education, collaboration, and public advocacy the center works to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of violence. They’ve created a Peace curriculum for elementary, middle and high school, trained Peace instructors, and present Peace Fellowship awards to high school students.
The walk for peace has become a place for families and friends affected by violence to feel support and love with thousands of others as they commit themselves to peace. Unitarian Universalist congregations from Milton, Concord, Jamaica Plain, Lexington and others have teams marching.
The original Mothers’ Day proclamation issued by Julia Ward Howe following the Civil War was all about creating more peace in the world. Please help support our team effort by either walking or donating. Our goal is $1000 and we are 25% of the way there. The link directly to our team’s fundraising page is below. Or you can write a check made out to “Mothers Day Walk 4 peace” and place in the specially marked container on the side table in the Sanctuary or give to me or Jen Johnson. Please feel free to share the link with family and friends and ask for their support too.
Considering joining the walk team? We begin at 8 a.m. near Fields Corner in Dorchester and end at City Hall Plaza, a distance of about 6.8 miles. There is ample parking at the start of the walk and it’s easy to take the T back to retrieve one’s vehicle after the walk concludes. Some of us will be carpooling from FUSF, leaving at 7 a.m. Please let me know if you want to be part of the walking team!
In hope and solidarity,