For the 12th time since August, someone has taken a #BlackLivesMatter sign from the lawn of the Unitarian Society of Hartford (USH) (that’s the building, above), but this time, they replaced it with a “Trump for President” sign.
The church’s response? From a press release:
“Our faith calls us to build the Beloved Community, and rather than condemn those who steal, we are calling on our political leadership to join us in a call for abundant Love, to renounce racism and embrace justice,” said Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, co-minister of the congregation.
This Sunday, the congregation will celebrate its annual Flower Communion service, where members exchange roses with one another. Before the service, however, members and friends will give roses to people on their way to the University of Hartford graduation, just up the street. The flowers will include notes calling on all political parties to condemn hate and embrace racial justice. This is part of the national call to action for mostly white faith communities called Love Is Unstoppable byShowing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a group that organizes people to do precisely that
The USH has been a power for social justice in Hartford since 1830. Their 200 members have their hands in every social justice you can think of. And frankly? They are showing more love than I would over those damn signs.