Supporting U-Lead Athens is part of the immigrant justice mission of Oconee Street UMC. U-Lead Athens began in August 2014 to provide college mentoring, access, and scholarships to Athens-Clarke and adjacent county students who are un(der)documented immigrants (and thus banned from UGA and charged three to four times in-state tuition elsewhere) or children of immigrants.
U-Lead would not exist without the … Read the rest
— By Aaron Farnham —
It’s the middle of the winter just a few years ago. The cabin fever is getting to the students at Cedar Shoals. Fights in the hallways are on the rise. We all need a break, badly. Without a hint of facetiousness a White man says, “I think the best solution would be to lock them … Read the rest
— By Katie Greenwood —
I appreciate the space provided by the season of Lent and the events of Holy Week for hope to dialogue with despair, because both are inevitable elements in a life lived with awareness.
In reparations work, we acknowledge the overwhelming cruelty and injustice of our history. We proclaim our willingness to mourn and our refusal … Read the rest
Liberation with the Earth
— By Gabbi Pohlman —
A theme that has permeated through all of my classes in Divinity School is interconnectedness.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth … God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.Genesis 1
When addressing the … Read the rest
Learning from Those Around Us
— By Melanie Frick —
For the longest time, I did not consider myself an extremely religious person. But, I also used to think that religious behavior was restricted to praying before meals and bed, reading the bible, and attending church regularly.
Yet, over the past couple of years, confined to being at home more … Read the rest
The Primary Addiction
— By Beth Long —
On the fourth Sunday of Lent the gospel reading from Luke is of the father with two sons. The younger son asks for his portion of the inheritance while his father is still alive. He comes to ruin and returns home, willing to be only a servant in the household and nothing … Read the rest
Greed Cloaked in Thanksgiving
— By Allison Floyd —
I wore the same gray hooded sweatshirt almost every day this winter. It was just the right weight, super soft and so roomy. The large front pocket could hold my keys, wallet and phone, with room to spare to keep my hands warm. I wore that sweatshirt working in the garden, … Read the rest
Due Effort From Our Own Wisdom
— By Anonymous —
When I reflect on how I might remove my support from systems that perpetuate injustice, I feel the wall is insurmountable. The “butterfly effect”, or “globalization,” or the “reproduction of the means of production” all work to convince me that I cannot live outside of “the system,” that no one … Read the rest