In the last year, I have been so impressed by the noble efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Florida. Working with Rev. Allison Farnum, who serves at the UU Church of Ft. Myers, FL, and the Interfaith Alliance of SW Florida, we are planning an alternative spring break experience in Ft. Myers/Immokalee, FL next March 20th-23rd. This service and learning immersion experience is being tailored for young adults. We will be working with the CIW and Interfaith Action of SW Florida to have opportunities to stand with the workers as they seek to bring large grocery chains, (such as Publix and Krogers), and restaurants, such as Chipotle's, to the bargaining table.
Before next March, there are going to be a host of experiences that you and and your congregation can take part in, such as this Sept. 15th in the Chicago area.
Please see below -- let me know if you have an interest in the March Spring Break Alternative.
Nancy Combs-Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps this headline is familiar to you, coming from the beautiful song by Peter Mayer, “Blue Boat Home.” Whenever I hear this moving piece, I think about shared moments of singing this with UU youth at our Youth Midwest Leadership School. They know this hymn well, for it resonates with their life experiences. I encourage you to consider using this piece, which is in our hymnal supplement, and also to visit the author’s website, Peter Mayer. The primary reason that I was thinking about “Blue Boat Home” is that there is a new, engaging blog recently launched by our national Youth and Young Adult Office, which is http://blueboat.blogs.uua.org. Take a moment to check out this new blog, which has great links and resources for both youth and young adult ministries.
On the horizon in Prairie Star District is Def Con 4:Re-Con, a youth conference in Des Moines, IA, Dec. 9-11, http://www.yruu-dsn.org/DefCon4/. Central Midwest District recently held UniCon for youth, and the Young Adult Conivale. Heartland District Youth Con schedule for 2012 is here: http://www.heartlanduu.org/youth_YRUU.htm