FIA News

Oct 2017
Faith in Action News:

UUSM Joins Annual Interfaith March

UUSM participated in the annual Interfaith March, held this year on Sunday, September 10 in observance of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace, and Justice hosted the Interfaith March, which was held in the San Fernando Valley, following two years of marches in Koreatown. Approximately 400 people, more than previous marches, turned out from all faith traditions, alongside atheists, agnostics, and humanists. The march started at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Encino, then continued to Temple Judea, and on to the final stop at the Islamic Center of Reseda.

Soraya Deen of the Muslim Women’s Speakers was one of the main organizers. UUSM’s Peace and Social Justice Commission hosted her group’s first public outreach event in our sanctuary Labor Day weekend 2016.

Seven of our congregants (Sarah Mae Harper, Hugo Contreras, James Witker, Deirdre Dietel, Roberta Frye, Patrick Tape, and Stan Bemis) braved the heat to attend the march, along with UUs from Emerson, The Onion, and Santa Clarita. Most of us could not make the entire march, mainly due to the heat. We look forward to the next interfaith march and hope to bring more people out in the future.

James Witker and Sarah Mae Harper