As you know by now, social justice issues are important to me. There's plenty of injustice to go around, plenty for all of us to tackle. I want to alert you to a PBS program about a couple from Massachusetts who left home for Prague, Czechoslovakia to help desperate refugees escape Nazi Germany. The program is called Defying the Nazis. One couple defying hate. Now we have horrific violence in Syria and Iraq fueling the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Countries are sealing their borders, shunting refugees from one border to the next, and failing to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid. As always, women and children are the most vulnerable. The Dominican Republic revoked the citizenship of its residents who were born to undocumented Haitian parents. This meant deportation. Now refugees, with nothing waiting for them in Haiti, they're living in tent cities on the border, facing hunger, unemployment and government indifference. Who are the most vulnerable? Women and children. Check Myanmar to see what's being done to the Muslims in Rohingya. And then there's us. Do we have the courage of that Massachusetts couple to step out of our comfort zone to defy hate?
Yesterday I went to a meeting of the Social Justice Committees of our North Georgia UU Churches. It was enriching to spend time with people committed to making a difference. I learned how hard busy people are working to bring attention to or solve problems in our community and beyond. Whether it's wage equity, homelessness, civil rights, climate change, upcoming legislation, refugee resettlement - whatever the issue - our members strive to make the world better. Each of us has a passion we're willing to spend time on. What are yours? Are you acting on them?