Kansas City Environmental Justice Tour Highlights Intersections of Issues

Clean Air Now and the Diesel Health Project, NAACP – Kansas City, KS, UU Ministry for Earth

The session was about the severe air quality problems clustered around transportation hubs in Kansas City, the populations most impacted, and the initiatives that are working to monitor and address the sources and effects. Eric Kirkendall, co-founder of Clean Air Now and the Diesel Health Project, and Richard Mabion, President of the NAACP Kansas City, Kansas branch will lead the tour through a discussion of the history and science of their work and a bus tour through the Argentine neighborhood to see the problems firsthand.

All Are Called to Create Climate Justice
UU Ministry for Earth, UUA Green Sanctuary Program, UU-United Nations Office

CreateClimateJustice.net — a new community organizing and networking platform launched by UUMFE & UUA was showcased in two different session formats.

Networking Session included a presentation and opportunity to meet with your groups that have already formed or may want to form using ClreateClimateJustice.net


Justice On Earth Authors at UUMFE Booth

This highly anticipated anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice from some of the key thinkers and activists in Unitarian Universalism today. Fourteen activist ministers and lay leaders apply a keen intersectional analysis to the environmental crisis, revealing ways that capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression intersect with and contribute to ecological devastation. They also explore how spiritual practices, congregational organizing, and progressive theology can inform faith-based justice work in the twenty-first century. These prophetic voices, from a wide range of perspectives, reveal new approaches and opportunities for more holistic, accountable, and connected justice efforts. Each essay is accompanied by suggested ways to take the next steps for further learning and action.

Justice on Earth was edited by Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, both of whom also contributed reflections for the collection.

Authors were available for book signing and conversation at the UU Ministry of Earth booth after their workshop ‘Called to the Intersections of Justice.’ The workshop is on Friday, 11:15-12:15 p.m. in Room 2215 C, and the panel also includes Rev. Sofia Betancourt and Rev. Kathleen McTigue.

Justice on Earth will also be available at the InSpirit Bookstore.



THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. Join filmmaker Lesley Murdock for extended conversation around the pivotal question, “If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?”

Director Lindsey Grayzel, co-producer Deia Schlosberg and cinematographer Carl Davis were three of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. Their charges have been dropped, and they have joined forces to tell Ken’s story through this film.


Table Talks for Small Group Discussions

UUMFE and partners hosted six ‘table talks’ in the Exhibit Hall. These small group gatherings will include presentations of information and discussion facilitated by the leaders of each session. Topics included –
– justice in a ‘red’ state,
– roots of injustice,
– dealing with climate change and air quality,
– climate change impact on Native American communities,
– UU voices in Washington, D.C., and
– effective partnering with frontline communities.

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