Dear Ones,

Yesterday we heard the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.  The consensus among many is that he would have never gone to trial if this had not been filmed. The horror of this is that state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people is nothing new, but without social media, the cries of the victims and their families would have continued to be unheard.  The Eighth Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to engage in actions that will dismantle racism and other oppressions. This includes making sure that systems of accountability with integrity exist.  The verdict in this trial does not mean that we are there.  It means that this is a sign that we might be on the way. We still have more work to do.  All of us.

The Stewardship Campaign ends this month. After the service on Sunday, please make sure that you stay for the board’s message about the status of the Stewardship Campaign and what it means for CVUU’s upcoming programmatic year.  If you have not already pledged, please go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/CVUU-Pledge.  Your participation in the financial vitality of this congregation is crucial.
My Check-In and Chat will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Zoom. Click here to join or enter the Zoom meeting information (Meeting ID: 870 1011 9918 and Passcode: 4430).
There will be a Reflection on this month’s theme of Becoming on Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m., but there will not be one on Sunday. I hope to see you there. Click here to join or enter the Zoom meeting information (Meeting ID: 852 0538 9358 and Passcode: 0224).

With hope and a heavy heart for all who still cry out for justice, I share with you Angelique Kidjo’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” https://youtu.be/ZncWCgN-zms

In peace and love,
Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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