|BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity—40+ interfaith congregation founded by First UU and 10 others) builds the power of the people to solve community problems. In meetings with thousands of community residents, the organization presses targeted decision-makers to implement solutions to those problems.
Every year, BREAD conducts a listening process to surface one new community problem that is added to the organization’s agenda. Dozens of leaders are trained to research that problem and identify proven solutions. Along with identifying solutions, the research committee identifies the appropriate decision-maker(s) in the community with the authority to implement that solution. At the annual Nehemiah Action Meeting, BREAD congregations bring out thousands of people to press those decision-makers for specific commitments. Throughout the year, BREAD leaders follow up with those officials to ensure that the solutions are implemented.
Listening Sessions occur in all the BREAD congregations to learn what their people’s major concerns are. A democratic process to select a new problem for BREAD to address follows the Listening Sessions.
This year one of the questions will be, “How has the environment impacted you and/or those you know, e.g., air quality, mold, flooding, etc. Contact the First UU BREAD Team facilitator of the Listening Session you want to attend to get to know others in the church better, to increase First UU’s voice in the process, and to learn about opportunities for involvement.
Fri. Oct. 1, 7:00 pm – Jessi Sadaka (Zoom)
Tues. Oct. 5, 7 PM – Chris Johnson (Zoom)
Wed. Oct. 6, 3:30 pm – Jessi Sadaka (Zoom)
Sun. Oct. 10, 11:30 am – Alice Rathburn (Church – Room 301)
Tues. Oct. 19, 7:00 pm – Alice Rathburn (Zoom)