Weaving the Fabric of Diversity is a committee dedicated to promoting social justice and anti-racism through activities both within our congregation and in the wider community. We hold public educational forums, and organize and participate in advocacy and direct action in support of civil rights and human rights, in all their manifestations.  We make ties with the wider community. On the third Sunday in June we organize a yearly Juneteenth religious service followed by a street picnic to commemorate the date when the last slaves in the United States found out they had been freed.

Through these events and actions we seek to put into practice our Unitarian principles, especially the covenant “to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”  We meet at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month from September through May. Our meetings are open to members and friends of the congregation.

 

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Juneteenth lunch

  

 

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First Unitarian Moves Closer to Partnership with Housing + Solutions

2015 May 15
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This past February the Congregation’s Social Justice Committee, Weaving the Fabric of Diversity, hosted an informal information session on a Sunday afternoon following coffee hour, with representatives of a Brooklyn-based supportive housing provider, Housing + Solutions.  At the conclusion of that session, which was well attended, it was agreed among those present that we should |...|

Sunday, February 15th, 1:00PM – First Unitarian Hosts Rita Zimmer, Executive Director, Housing + Solutions

2015 February 1
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All parents want their children to grow up in a stable environment that will help to ensure that they become happy, healthy, and productive members of society.  But in far too many cases, right here in Brooklyn, this is not the case.  Various studies tell us that individuals who grow up in the shelter system |...|

Saturday, January 24th, 2:00-5PM – Forum and Panel Discussion, “FERGUSON: CAUSES, EVENTS, AND WHAT HAPPENS NOW”

2015 January 14
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Events spurred by the killing of Michael Brown have galvanized the nation and led to massive protests. Join us in the Sanctuary as we examine what happened, why it happened, why masses of people are acting now, and what can we expect in the future. SPEAKERS will include:  Reverend Clinton Miller, (Pastor of Brown Memorial Baptist Church),   Candis Tolliver, Assistant |...|

Juneteenth 2014 – Sunday, June 15th, 11:00AM

2014 May 13
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This year’s Juneteenth worship service is a “celebration of 19 years of Weaving the Fabric of Diversity”It will be a celebration of social justice at the foundation of Unitarian Universalism  There will be a choir led by Bob Bero, songs by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and much more music and poetry.  The homily will be |...|

WHERE DO WE STAND NOW? Forum on Police Authority – Saturday, April 5th, 2:00-5:00 PM

2014 March 5
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Weaving the Fabric of Diversity (WFD) will be hosting a forum, April 5th, on the broad issue of police abuse of authority in New York City. With a new mayor, and a new chief of police where do we stand now? WFD poses this as a broad question, framed to consider many different viewpoints. Guest |...|