July 2, 2017 – “Patriotism and Compassion in Our Country” – Rev. Betty Stapleford

We Unitarian Universalists “covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” There are many undocumented people in our country who are feeling very afraid. How can we practice our values in a country where patriotism seems to have brought about extreme nationalism and inhumanity to our neighbors? Rev. Betty has been a UU for over 50 years, 28 of which were here at First Unitarian. She served the Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Thousand Oaks for 12 years, being named their Minister Emerita in 2010, and the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills for 5 years. She is Affiliate Community Minister for Social Justice at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula and serves on several non-profit boards, including the UU Justice Ministry of California.