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MDUUC to Provide Sanctuary and Bear Public Witness That Black Lives Matter

On Jan. 30, 2018, members of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (MDUUC) voted unanimously to authorize its board of trustees to consider and act on requests for physical sanctuary for undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation. The congregation also voted to authorize MDUUC to bear public witness in support of the national Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) movements. Both questions were called by the faith community’s board of trustees and strongly endorsed by Lead Minister Reverend Leslie Takahashi, who chairs the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s Commission on Institutional Change.

Said Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi, “In these deeply troubling times, it is truly inspiring to see people reach beyond their knowing and out of their comfort zone. Our vision is to become an exuberantly multicultural, sacred sanctuary for spiritual growth, connection and renewal. I am deeply grateful to Michele Carroll, and the rest of the board of trustees, MDUUC’s Beloved Commitments group, the Racial Justice and the Sanctuary workgroups and my deeply committed colleague the Reverend Neal Anderson for achieving this important milestone in MDUUC history.”

DACA Sanctuary Resolution at MDUUC

At their September 19th meeting the MDUUC Board of Trustees requested that the Sanctuary Task Force draft a resolution for the congregation to consider at the October 22nd meeting of the congregation. The resolution is to authorize the Board on behalf of the congregation to accept a request for temporary physical sanctuary from DACA recipients who lose their status due to the administration’s cancelling DACA and who are in immediate risk of deportation.

The Sanctuary Task Force believes that our faith calls us to honor the full humanity of all, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who, like so many immigrants, are marginalized and threatened with deportation.

This resolution will be presented to the congregation by the Board at the October 22nd Congregational Meeting.

Whereas, our faith calls us to honor the full humanity of all, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who, like so many immigrants, are marginalized and threatened with deportation,

Whereas, the congregation voted on January 29, 2017 to open our congregation as a sanctuary for those targeted by hate and to work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people,
Whereas, the federal administration has rescinded the DACA program, not allowing any more applications,
Whereas, DACA recipients provided detailed information about themselves to the government in good faith, information which could now be used to detain and/or deport them,
Whereas, DACA recipients have publicly advocated for themselves stating “undocumented and unafraid,” makes them more vulnerable to retaliation from this federal administration,
Whereas, California is now perceived as sanctuary state and the federal administration has threatened California with increased enforcement,
Whereas, the federal administration has proven to be unpredictable and could rescind protections for all DACA recipients at any time,
Be it resolved that Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church authorizes its Board of Trustees to accept a request for temporary physical sanctuary from DACA recipients who lose their status due to the administration’s cancelling DACA and are in immediate risk of deportation.

Answering the Call of Love: Black Lives Matter at MDUUC

Affirming Our Support for Black Lives Matter and Black Lives of UU

Answering the call to action from the UUA and the MDUUC Board of Trustees, the Racial Justice Committee proposes this plan for MDUUC’s act of public witness:

  • Ask members to formally affirm that we, as a congregation, support the Black Lives Matter movement and Black Lives of UU. Passing this resolution would authorize the Social Justice Council, appropriate committees, board president, board vice president, and ministers to speak publicly on this issue for the church as a whole.
  • Display signage on our property, our website, and other key communications to tell members, friends, and visitors that we are a safe place where black lives matter.
  • Continue and expand work to become exuberantly multicultural and welcoming to people of color, including educating ourselves about ways we may fall short of that ideal through lack of awareness, and to use that knowledge to remove barriers.
  • Continue and expand opportunities for the congregation to work towards racial Justice, including opportunities to:
  • Engage in intentional learning spaces to organize for racial justice and oppose systemic racism.
  • Partner with other faith communities and racial justice leaders for actions that will change policy and end institutional racism.
  • Contribute to Black Lives Matter and Black Lives of UU–sponsored activities when asked.

Read more about the background to this proposal and on the timeline.

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear from you. Please contact, or talk with the Racial Justice Committee Chairs, Peggy Kroll and Connie Chiba, or Joanne Scott (Social Justice communications).

Community Night Returns to Wednesdays!

Join us for your midweek reset!

Back by popular demand—our midweek recharge returns to Wednesday. We will have time for center a chance to break bread together at our Community Dinner and many opportunities to learn and enrich yourselves. A perfect habit of resistance to the bad news world we inhabit. Child care will also be available on these evenings.

Dinner for only $8. Children free. Register at



Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan open

This will be a show in the old CD release tradition: Laura will play the songs from Say Yes from start to finish, as they appear on the CD. SAY YES, Laura Zucker’s fifth release, is a collection of songs exploring ways that we can find the positive in a world of negative, examining difficult feelings and turning challenge into redemption. She’ll be joined by a band full of special guests including Bill Wentz, Bill Younger, Cynthia Davis, Chuck Rosene, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan.


Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come.  Laura’s incisive yet sensitive lyrics are matched by her evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan

Claudia Russell is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Loudon Wainwright III,  Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson,  Peter Rowan, and Rosalie Sorrels  among many others. Claudia is an expressive and versatile singer, as at home on a soulful ballad as a Buddy Holly-style romp. Bruce Kaplan is known for deftly accompanying on mandolin and electric guitar, providing melodic counter point and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song just a little higher.

$20 suggested donation ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 are free) Cash, check or credit card or Apple Pay, Android Pay at the door.  No one turned away for lack of ability to pay. Sliding scale tickets available only at the door. Show: 8:00 PM Doors: 7:30 PM



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