Times are such that we need people, purpose and love more than we need perfect. Particularly in tough times…Join Lee Ann as she continues the series “Hooray in Tough Times.” Today, it’s all about “being a groupie.” Find out what that means for you!
Wallace Stegner, On Teaching and Writing Fiction – Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called “The Dean of Western Writers”. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977.
Denmark — the Happiest People in the World – a link to the New York Times article by Sewell Chan.
United Church of Christ – The United Church of Christ, or simply the UCC are progressive Christian churches offering an extravagant welcome to all people where the work of the church is to change lives, individually, systematically and globally through a democratic structure. They believe that God is still speaking and is not fixed by outdated notions, nor thinking that excludes Science. Instead, they embrace the whole of creation, and thus are bold in their work for social and environmental justice.
Unitarian Universalist Church – Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion that encourages people to seek their own spiritual path. UUs are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. As such, UU congregations include many agnostics, theists, and atheists among their membership. The roots of UU are in liberal Christianity, specifically Unitarianism and Universalism. Unitarian Universalists state that from these traditions come a deep regard for intellectual freedom and inclusive love. Congregations and members seek inspiration and derive insight from all major world religions.
Episcopal Church – The Episcopal Church is a liberal, progressive Christian denomination that is diverse in its understanding of the Gospel–so you will find all manner of beliefs held by the faithful, everything from radical liberation feminist theology to the staunchly conservative flavor of theology.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – CAIR is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. It is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign – Shoulder-to-Shoulder is an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment by strengthening the voice of freedom and peace. Founded in November 2010 by over 20 national religious groups, Shoulder-to-Shoulder works not only on a national level, but offers strategies and support to local and regional efforts to address anti-Muslim sentiment and seeks to spread the word abroad.
Network for Spiritual Progressives – The Network of Spiritual Progressives welcomes secular humanists, atheists and people who are “spiritual but not religious” as well as people from every religious community who share the values of love, generosity, creativity, wonder and a commitment to respect one another. Spirituality is personal but not a private matter; it is about how we treat each other and how we live our lives.
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) – The RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. The RAC’s advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of their mandate.
Reform Judaism – The Union for Reform Judaism leads the largest Jewish movement in North America providing vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world.
Reconstructionist Judaism – The Reconstructionist Jewish community is an egalitarian, inclusive and progressive movement founded by Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, who viewed Judaism as the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Each generation is responsible for guiding that evolution in order to meet the needs of contemporary Jews. Kaplan promoted democracy in the synagogue community and respect for the religious opinions of individuals.
Hindu American Foundation (HAF) – HAF is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on the areas of education, policy, and community building and works on a range of issues from an accurate understanding of Hinduism, civil and human rights, and addressing contemporary problems by applying Hindu philosophy. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF also seeks to cultivate leaders and empower future generations of Hindu Americans.
American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) – AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. AFSC’s work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) – SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ works to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
Black Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. The people involved with BLM are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
Moral Mondays/Moral Revival – The Revival is co-led by the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr. and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national, multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics. The tour includes over 50 events led by national and local faith leaders in over 20 states. The Revival is pushing forth a broad social justice agenda that centers on five key issues areas: the economic liberation of all people; access to quality education for every child; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and ensuring historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law.
Buddhism is so diverse in the U.S. and around the world, we didn’t want to publish information that we could not personally back up. So please do your own online search for Buddhist communities.
Our list of religious/spiritual/social justice organizations is certainly not exhaustive—simply a starting point. If you have any organizations, faith communities or other information that might be helpful to our podcast listeners, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to share more broadly.
"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!