Manchester, England in 1819 is a city rapidly transforming due to the industrialization of the textile industry. Adults and children work the looms that operate seven days a week. Wages have been cut by two thirds, while food prices are rising. The people decide to protest… Join me this Sunday at 10:30am for the rest of the story. I’ll speak about the Unitarians who lived through this moment of radical reform and its aftermath. It’s a story of courage and sorrow, with lessons for today. If you want to learn more about UU history, head to Founders Hall at 12:00pm for UU Roots.
After the service, there will be a table set up in the Great Hall to make your sign for the Climate Strike on Friday September 27th. Look for Marc Xuereb. I invite you to join me at the Brampton event taking place in Garden Square at 1:00pm. Sign up here for details. If it is easier to attend the Toronto Climate Strike, please connect with Susan Berry to travel down together. First Unitarian Congregation in Toronto will have a strong presence there. I am grateful for the UU response to the climate crisis, working together we have an impact.
This Sunday we also remember our Unitarian brothers and sisters from Burundi, who are now living in refugee camps in Rwanda. There will be a special offering for Flaming Chalice International, which was established to help Burundi Unitarians who have fled persecution.
I look forward to being with all of you this Sunday.