Holston Valley UU is a congregation that gathers in the spirit of 16th century Unitarian minister, Frances David, who wrote: “We need not think alike to love alike.” We embrace diversity within the congregation’s membership and in theology. We are committed to the spiritual development and well being of our young people, as well as our adults. We provide a religious education program based on experiential learning, ethical living, and drawing from all of the world's religions as sources of wisdom. We are committed to being a vital and growing progressive congregation within our larger community.
We hope you will visit our church. Our worship services are at 11:00am; children’s and adult's religious education classes are both before the service at 9:30am. I am in the pulpit three Sunday’s a month, and other Sundays guest speakers or members of the congregation lead the service, yielding diversity in the worship services.
The Intersection of Peace, Justice and Sustainability
Teri Sandoval, Sam Jones, Emily Katz
Have you Heard the Bad News?
Joseph O Baker
In the past forty years the imprisonment rate in the United States has increased seven fold, making the U.S. by far the most punitive Western or post-industrial country. The poor and ethnic minorities have borne the brunt of this unprecedented penal expansion. By now, this story is well known, but much like the “good news” of evangelistic sermons, the “bad news” is a story that must be retold and cannot be forgotten, particularly in an age of “color-blindness.” Understanding changes to the criminal justice system helps us understand the recurring conflicts between inner city communities and the police. At the same time, policing is only part of the story. The long-term and collateral consequences of mass incarceration lay ahead, and the conflict over race, social class, and social control is ongoing. The ideas of scholar and activist W. E. B. Du Bois provide a means of critiquing the racialized social order in the U.S., as well as for articulating a path of positive action to address structural inequalities.